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    So I get a 10% off coupon email from Buy.com and I think why not...I have been looking at the HS850. So I click on the link, takes me to a Buy.com splash screen where you have to click on the link to add the 10% off coupon to your basket. Then I search for the HS850 and add it to my basket. $79.99 - $8.00 (discount) = $71.99.

    Next I decide to check CNET to see what their retailers are selling it for. One of their five star retailers had it for $60 but the one that caught my eye was one selling it for $69.94...Buy.com.

    So this pisses me off that Buy.com is increasing their prices if you enter their site from a 10% off coupon...or are giving you a discount if you enter the site through CNET...what a farce!

    So I tried a third method and just typed in Buy.com and it gave me the $79.99 price.

    Seems to me there should be something illegal about this but for those of you as naive as me...if you buy something through Buy.com, I guess you have to check the sites like CNET first and see if they list it at a lower price.

    BTW, I now have the lower $69.94 price AND the 10% coupon so it comes out to $63 (free shipping).
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    You can get it on Ebay from Dan's Cellular for $55 shipped with Buy it Now. Might get it cheaper if you bid.
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    That is pretty crappy but it doesn't sound illegal. (buy has the right to set its prices, if it wants to lower it, it can through sales on cnet).
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    Interesting. Just have to be wary.

    btw, I am a HUGE buy.com fan, have ordered 1000's of dollars in mchdse from them and always no probs.
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    Another thing. Occasionally you can get QUITE a deal. For instance, I got the following system for $1199. The day after my order, it went up to $1599--the appropriate discount price, still a 1000 off retail. They sent mine at the price posted. Sweet deal! Fantastic little home theatre for the $.




    Here is the LINK

    bbtw, I since got a nicer 7 channel reciever and two more of the speakers -- unbelievable sounding little system...

    OK, yet another edit:
    Here is a LINK to a Home Theater review of this speaker system...
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    OMG

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    Well, at least you got the 10% coupon. I must live in a time warp of bad timing- the past two $100+ purchases I've made have been made ONE FREAKING DAY before the 10% coupon arrived in my e-mail! Of course, Buy.com won't honor th ecoupon after the fat, and the hassle of returning & re-ordering essentially negates the value of the coupon. Grr....
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    Ill go on the record saying that ive had 2 extremely awful experiences from buy.com.. they basically stole money and merchandise from me with no replies. Regardless of the "spectacular deals" they have on their site, I will never ever ever do business with these guys again.

    check out resellerratings (superlow rating) and bbb (unsatisfactory) and youll see for yourself im not the only one... buyer beware of this pos site. bunch of theives....
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    Durex, I am sorry to hear that...I have had nothing but good experiences with Buy.com and prefer them to most re-sellers I have done business with!
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    I have had tons of good experiences with Buy.com as well - and they are virtually always the low cost provider.
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    I've bought a decent number of things from buy.com and haven't had any complaints. Their free budget shipping has often arrived at my house in 2-3 days after purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggy
    So this pisses me off that Buy.com is increasing their prices if you enter their site from a 10% off coupon...or are giving you a discount if you enter the site through CNET...what a farce!
    It works both ways too...

    Check out the Etymotic ER6i headphones. These are awesome passive noise cancelling headphones that work beautifully on a plane ride. Anyway, if you look at the price comparison on cnet they currently list for $130 @ Buy.com. However, if you go straight to buy.com they list for only $95 (less 10% (thru 9/25/05) at $85.50).
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    It's actually pretty common for web merchants to offer a lower price to people who come in through a price comparison site. A company's goal is to maximize profit. If they can find a way to adjust the price to what each seller is willing to pay, they're a long way towards that goal.

    They figure someone coming in through a price comparison engine is going to be more price concious (and more aware of competitors prices) than someone who goes direct to their site.

    And this isn't really something new. Mail order merchants have been doing it in a less targetted way since the days when records were kept on mainframes. Most mail-order companies print multiple versions of a catalog, with different prices (notice those catalog codes, or customer codes, on the address label?). New customers get the lower priced catalog to try to entice them into buying. Steady, long-term customers get higher prices, because the vendor figures they'll keep ordering without doing much price comparison. And customers who haven't ordered in a long time get low prices to entice them back.

    Welcome to the real world. The lesson: always use those price comparison sites, even if you've already decided what vendor to buy from.
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