Island Rock Company is helping some of their loyal customers with the fa’amati.
The fa’amati is an annual event where church members, mainly mothers, contribute appliances and anything else that is needed by the church.
At Island Rock yesterday, people were seen lining up in front of the shop waiting patiently for it to open its doors.
The occasion was their fa’amati early bird specials.
Owner, Tuaopepe Asiata Wallwork, said this is their way of giving back to the community, especially their loyal consumers.
“We all know that during the Fa’amati, people would look for some home appliances at very low prices,” he said.
“So for this year we thought we will be giving away most of our expensive home appliance at a very low price.”
“These items include washing machines and fridges of the media brands with a 50 percent off from their original prices which is a big help for the customers.”
“This is how much we care about our customers that we are willing to put the prices very low just as long as they are satisfied with our brands.”
Asked if they are making profits, Tuaopepe said no.
“Honestly we are at loss here,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter, we have already negotiated with our partners and they are happy to help out the people of Samoa.”
“As you know, washing machines and fridges are very expensive, so for today (yesterday), only we have put the price very low just for the people so that they could get some help in terms of spending money on these items.”
He said people came in as early as Friday afternoon.
“I told them that it won’t be until today (yesterday), but they said they were willing to wait so we had to put up a tent for them and gave them some food as well while they waited.”
“Some people came at around 3am (yesterday) and that goes to show that people are very eager to get these products.”
“The first customer was a family from Faleula, they wanted the Comfee 278L upright fridge freezer, the original price was $1,299 but it’s going for $649.50 as well as the Comfee 9.5kg washing machine that went for $1,499 and is now $749.50.”