am i seeing things?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by ooohbeggie, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    #26
    Damn I should've tried more times to get a better price before I bought mine. :D Oh well I only paid $98 but still. This is just weird. I have heard of daily price changes with memory but this is just ridiculous. I wonder what the reason for this is.
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    #27
    So why does it give you a different price each time you press the Reload button? If I use one browser without deleting my cookies, then I should get the same price each time. I'm sure its more complicated than that, but I'm just trying to understand the crazy world I live in. :(
     
  3. Squire macrumors 68000

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    #28
    I assume you guys are talking about the "Most Popular" one highlighted in yellow. I hit reload several times and still got $94.08. Same with the debug option. Pretty crazy, though.

    Squire
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    #29
    Well, if your browser sticks you with the lowest price no matter what you do, that's not such a bad thing.... ;)
     
  5. ExoticFish macrumors 6502a

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    man this is the first i've heard of this and i have to say that this is crazy!! there have been some bad ideas in the past few years but this is up near the top of them imo.
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    #31
    I agree. Regardless of how "egalitarian" [link stolen from post above] it might be, it's going to make people hesitant to buy on the internet again. At least, without checking multiple browsers and with/without cookies to see if they're getting the best price.

    Pretty soon, we'll be seeing "I found xxx at $xx.xx at this URL - do you see a better price?" posts. Within a few months, there will be more of those posts than "iBook vs PB", "free iPod!", and "I just bought a ___" posts combined. Mark my words....
     
  7. the future macrumors 65816

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    #32
    Could someone who read about it explain in a few simple words why a company (like in this case Crucial) would do a thing like this? I fail to understand how it benefits them. :confused:
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    #33
    They're attempting to determine how to get the most money out of a given customer. In essence, if they can somehow determine that a customer is poor, frugal, etc., they'll list a lower price. If they can determine that a customer is rich, a spendthrift, etc., they'll charge more. The art and science is in how they determine those things. With no cookies, they have very little info other than your browser and what you're trying to buy. With cookies, they know more.

    I expect to see more of this in the future, then a backlash, then less, and a cycle of the same going forward.

    It's not really unethical. Sales people do this all the time. It isn't wrong - no one's forcing anyone to buy anything. But it can create very bad PR.
     
  9. Elan0204 macrumors 65816

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    #34
    I got $94.08 in Safari. I didn't bother trying other browsers.
     
  10. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    #35
    Maybe it is time to look at OWC? Prices and service are up there with Crucial.

    OWC's price is $95.99. And guess what they aren't playing pricing games. I checked on IE and got the same price.

    I will never buy from Crucial based on this news. It is just wrong.
     
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    #36
    I just realized that this opens up a new market - the trade/sale of cookies that indicate you're poor and frugal!

    Now the people that are in the "business" of boosting Google ranks can sell something to consumers.... ;)
     
  12. ooohbeggie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #37
    :D you know, i'm laughing, but at the same time, that's a scary thought in that it's probably not entirely untrue.

    on another note, i sent an email to Crucial's general manager a few minutes ago. hopefully i'll hear something back. i'd love to hear this explanation...
     
  13. Squire macrumors 68000

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    #38
    The funny thing is, I don't have an excess of cash (I continuously got the $94.08 price), but if you checked out my cookies you'd think I was a millionaire. Damn, I had just read an article on Lamborghini on Forbes. They should be trying to rip me off!

    Squire
     

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