Amazon charging different if using iPhone

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  1. silver911r macrumors newbie

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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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  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Indeed, it isn't clear that you're looking at the same entry.
     
  4. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  5. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    One has three left in stock the other has seven. It isn't clear you are looking at the same entry.
     
  6. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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    here is a screen shot instead of iphone pic.
     

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    right...that was clear with the crappy photo you first posted
     
  8. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
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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.
     
  10. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  11. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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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.
     
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    It's $9.18 on my iPhone too, with the same Amazon product code (B005B1GN7W).
     
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  14. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  15. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    nope
     
  16. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Look, an illiteracy tax.
     

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    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.
     
  18. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Your first picture has both options actually.
     
  19. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  20. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    No one ever claimed amazon inventory made sense...;)
     
  21. silver911r thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    So clearly you're not up charged if you shop using your iPhone. ;)
     
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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.
     
  24. MusicEnthusiast macrumors 6502

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    I recommend you call Amazon and report this issue. Heck, email them the pictures in your "illiteracy tax" post to prove it to them!!
     

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