Amazon charging different if using iPhone

silver911r

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I was watching hells kitchen and wanted to look up a chef's cook book, Hugh Garvey.

I typed it into my iPhone and the book was $17.99. Then I decided to grab my macbook air and see if he had any other books. Holy crap, the exact same book, same reviews, everything the same is only $9.19 on my macbook air.

WTF?
 

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silver911r

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What do you mean different entry? I used the same search, both in amazon's search field, it was the first result that came up.
 

silver911r

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Both of the entries say "sold and shipped by Amazon"

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I'm not going to buy books off amazon on my iphone anymore, I wonder how much less samsung users get charged, probably free.
 

184550

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Using the Amazon iPhone app I selected the same book and it comes up as $9.18.

I also visited Amazon through Safari on my iPhone and selected the same book and got $9.18 again.
 

silver911r

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I searched "hugh garvey cook book" just now and came up with $17.99, on my iPhone, then $9.18 on my mac.
 

mobilehaathi

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For what it's worth it shows as $9.18 through safari on my ipad. It is probably a difference between accessing the store through the app versus a web browser. They may be seeing slightly different databases or something. I don't think there is any hard evidence that amazon is raising prices for apple users.
 

silver911r

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Oh, the mac fixed my misspelled "cook book" to "cookbook".

So amazon is just charging $9 extra dollars if you can't spell cookbook.
 

184550

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I searched "hugh garvey cook book" just now and came up with $17.99, on my iPhone, then $9.18 on my mac.
When I added 'cook book' and repeated my searches with the Amazon app and the Safari version, it came up as the only item and was listed at $17.99.

Interesting.
 

silver911r

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I see that now, so they give me the option to buy either at $17.99 (which is picked) or I can select the crappy $9.18 version. Which are both the same, and both sold by amazon. Makes sense to me.
 

silver911r

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Also, the iPhone does not make it easy to find both versions. You only see $17.99, and have to click through the price to find the cheap one. I feel like I just went used care shopping. I almost paid double because I spelled "cookbook" wrong. Man.
 

Abstract

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Wow, that's weird.

When I first saw your post, I was going to suggest that you delete your browser's cookies, but I see that this is just a weird situation with no obvious explanation.