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$1,000 units offer respite from utility outages

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 26, 2008) – Consumers on Saipan are snapping up electric generators and a host of battery-powered gadgets to cope with the worsening power outages on the island and demand is now so high that hardware stores are running out of stock.

Generators have long sold as a hot item for retailers on Saipan due to the continuing outages on the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. power grid, yet consumer interest in them has risen in recent weeks as the frequency of the blackouts has increased.

The most popular model for generator buyers, are 5,000 watt models capable of powering most needs found in an average small home.

These cost about $1,000.

Smaller 3,750 watt generators cost about $900.

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