PSA53
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Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:16 pm

Mission: Find a temporary extension 6ft USB to M-F to use my data card until the new Internet service is installed.I need it now! Those are the key words.Now!

My mission seemed innocent and harmless enough.So.I went on the Internet and look at what was available with the major retailers.RadioShack was my first look since there was a store close to me.On the internet,the Shack had one around $6.00.it can be ordered on the net.Forget that."I NEED IT NOW!So,I went down to the Shack to see if they might have something else at reasonable price.Wrong!!!! All cables started above $25.00.

Not to bore you and cut to the chase, exact same thing happened at Best Buys at $35 and Walmart much the same.Really poor customer service I told the Best Buy salesman as I was fuming.

My god,I said to myself,the retailers have removed all low end product and put it on the net and are now poised for the "Thirteen Month" and have only high end product on the selves. In retail,the "Thirteen Month" from Dec.26th to the 31st,is one of the most profitable week of the year because people "Need It Now." to operate they're new cell phones,TV's and electronic product that they got for Christmas.It is extremely important to they're bottom line.

But I have a problem with this.The consumer should be given a choice.In my case,I needed the cable only for about a week.And to me,this is price gauging and forcing the customer on "impulse" and "Need It Now" buying.
I'm not against companies making money but this may draw the line with no choice.

Mission ACCOMPLISHED! It was a little out the way,but I knew a small computer repair shop that sold the cable to me at $5.

So,what's you're take?Any bad experiences like this?Agree with the retailers?Is it price discrimination?

[Edited 2011-12-17 11:29:39]
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:48 pm

As much as it sucks, it's Business 101. Certainly not price discrimination as you put it. One way I have been able to get by this (only a few times) is to order online and select store pickup. I just experienced this with my new joystick for FSX, despite it being a basic Logitech. Nothing on the floor and nothing the sales guy "could do for me." Whipped out my phone, ordered it right there and selected store pickup, went to lunch, and when I came back it was ready for pickup. I shouldn't have given them my business due to such a crappy policy, however I was in the "need it now" mode.
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:57 pm

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 1):
Whipped out my phone, ordered it right there and selected store pickup, went to lunch, and when I came back it was ready for pickup. I shouldn't have given them my business due to such a crappy policy

Really? I'll try that next time.Thank's for the tip.
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:09 pm

Point of sale pricing is nothing new. Just think about the airline industry.

Besides issues such as limited store stock, you need to keep in mind that depending on the chain, the physical store might not even be corporate owned and is a franchise who are often given the ability price or discount items individually based on what they perceive local conditions are.

And such differences are only applicable to retail but to other industries such as restaurants and grocery stores as well. For example within a short distance of my home, I have two grocery stores of the same brand, with one often having noticeably different pricing on identical non-sale items. Might only be $0.10 here or $0.50 there but the difference does add up. Another story, only a few weeks back when out of town - I needed some athletic socks when in Texas and ran into a Target that was by my hotel. The same bag of 6 socks was $2 cheaper then what I pay here in Los Angeles.
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:46 pm

A) For cheap prices on the shelf avoid the big box stores for tech. The smaller computer stores will usually be cheaper for items like cables etc because they don't use the name=markup=profit strategy to pay for their huge warehouse size stores. There are always the wholesale/discount chains as well, I personally prefer to use Monoprice if I have time to wait, or make my own cables (phone and LAN especially, I have all the tools/know-how/bulk cable).

B) Those same big box stores believe supply and demand dictates that convenience costs. Needing something now means that you're willing to take what you can get and therefore will pay more to get it because you aren't willing to shop around... and enough of the time they are right.

Another money saving option:

Check the phone book for technology resale. These places are popping up in some cities, they buy lots of discarded electronics from companies and sort it out, resell the cables, mice, monitors, etc that still work and recycle the rest (you won't usually find actual computers, printers or drives at these places as they tend to be destroyed as part of the deal/not for resale. They sometimes have store fronts, but sometimes are by appointment only and you need to "pull your own" out of crates.
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:48 pm

I think most people in your situation would have "borrowed" the cable, as in: Buy it at the store at the high price, order it on the internet at the same time, and when you get the cable in the mail, return it to the store for a refund. That's how this country works. Have you ever seen the customer service area at Walmart after the holiday season? People will return everything you can imagine, even in totally destroyed packaging and / or dirty used items. And they all seem to get a refund.

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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:54 am

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 1):
As much as it sucks, it's Business 101. Certainly not price discrimination as you put it. One way I have been able to get by this (only a few times) is to order online and select store pickup. I just experienced this with my new joystick for FSX, despite it being a basic Logitech.

Get yourself a CH joystick(logitech is crap), and it won't wear out. My CH joystick had a made in USA sticker on it, is that a new province in China?
 
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:15 pm

Do you have a branch of the chain Micro Center near you? They often offer cheaper lines of products year-round as to computer and electronics related products.
 
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:23 pm

Amazon.com!!!!!!!!!! I got a 20 ft USB extender for 1 cent plus $3 shipping! Always use amazon.com for random purchases like that! http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ords=usb+extension+cable&x=12&y=24

Here is a 15 ft for 1 cent (under new or used): http://www.amazon.com/Black-Foot-USB...ics&ie=UTF8&qid=1324225348&sr=1-10

PS: They also have "Delta: An Airline and Its Aircraft : The Illustrated History of a Major U.S. Airline and the People Who Made It" for a couple USD for any a.netter interested: http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Airline-..._1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324225285&sr=8-1
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:31 pm

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 7):
chain Micro Center

Yes and no.Like Fry's Electronics in SoCal,Micro does have a center in Tustin but are somewhat out of my range.Being in the Inland Empire,neither company has one close by.Too bad.Because these are my "Toy" stores.

But thanks for the info.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 8):
Amazon.com!!!!!!!!!! I got a 20 ft USB extender for 1 cent plus $3 shipping! Always use amazon.com for random purchases like that

But I needed this cable for the next business day.But yeah.accessories at great prices always can be found on Amazon or Ebay.
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:15 pm

Best Buy makes all their profits off accessories. A friend of mine works there, so he gets the employee discount. On things such as TVs, he's better off buying at sale price rather than using his discount, however, on cables the discount used to be around 90%...this has changed now apparently...guess they were losing too much money on employee discounts.
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:33 pm

Another example of how stores price differently. Over the weekend was doing some shopping for the newphews.

We wanted to get a box set from Barnes & Nobles. In store price $86. Online price $51 with free shipping to boot.
Interesting thing with them was if you select in store pick-up which is available within 60-minutes of your order, the price reverts back to the higher in-store price.
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:32 pm

Retailer have long looked at pricing to balance out costs and competition. Half a century ago I saw a pricing printout for a grocery chain in town. Each line was a product and the various prices for stores around the city. Not complicated - the chain looked at competition in various areas as well as the economic situation in various areas of town. This was well before POS terminals, meaning that today there is more flexibility in pricing.

In terms of the internet, these days the "warehouse" competes with other online shopping while the brick stores in increase prices to cover the excess costs they have - like increased salaries, rent, property taxes, increased utilities,etc.

And most big store chains work to be competitive on popular items, making up for it on the bits & pieces. That was typical even in the early "discount stores" in the 50's. Brand name products were low priced and they made-up for it on non-competitive. Artificial flowers were (at that time) the classic example of products that could make up any losses from brand names.
 
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RE: Is It "Price Discrimination?

Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:17 pm

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 9):
But I needed this cable for the next business day.But yeah.accessories at great prices always can be found on Amazon or Ebay.

Sign up for Amazon Prime. I know, you have to pay for it, but it has been worth it for me. I get ultra-cheap next day air shipping on ANY Amazon-stocked product, and free 2-day shipping. You also get access to their netflix-like movie collections for free. Hell, you can even buy groceries on the cheap. I 'subscribe' to some food products; Amazon ships some dry-packaged food every month to me, and I save a few bucks and don't have to drive to the store as much.

$6.98 to have this on your doorstep next day. http://www.amazon.com/Male-Female-Ex...ps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1324329238&sr=1-3

Sometimes I order as late as 7pm and still get the product next day. If you needed at at 9am, you probably wouldn't have had it that soon, but typically by noon.
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