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Stevie H

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haha, i actually used sen's mate for my one-way ticket out here in 2008 vic. he got me a good deal then actually. good reminder. but online it's like all possible sites are linked and there's no chance of anything less than the standard going rate. which is a f***ing lot.

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haha, i actually used sen's mate for my one-way ticket out here in 2008 vic. he got me a good deal then actually. good reminder. but online it's like all possible sites are linked and there's no chance of anything less than the standard going rate. which is a f***ing lot.

 

I turned up at Mumbai at the desks and tried there so that may be an option

 

I don't go anywhere anymore mate and I've decided that's how I like it

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there's an article in the Economist about online transactions, the retailers apparently have software so can differentiate on price based on things like - do you use a mac or PC, where do you live, speed of click-through etc

 

I'll post it if you're interested

 

But yeah, everything's linked these days & it seems the best way to get a cheap flight is to book early

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there's an article in the Economist about online transactions, the retailers apparently have software so can differentiate on price based on things like - do you use a mac or PC, where do you live, speed of click-through etc

 

I'll post it if you're interested

 

But yeah, everything's linked these days & it seems the best way to get a cheap flight is to book early

 

What, so the differentiate based on ability to pay? That's pretty scandalous surely?

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What, so the differentiate based on ability to pay? That's pretty scandalous surely?

 

Well I work on the IT side of the industry and I have never ever seen any of that, companies are trying to undercut each other all the time, so would seem pointless to me. Could happen elsewhere mind.

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there's an article in the Economist about online transactions, the retailers apparently have software so can differentiate on price based on things like - do you use a mac or PC, where do you live, speed of click-through etc

 

rightly so as Mac users can be assumed to favour style over substance

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Well I work on the IT side of the industry and I have never ever seen any of that, companies are trying to undercut each other all the time, so would seem pointless to me. Could happen elsewhere mind.

 

It's pretty common and relatively easy to do based on browsing information.

 

On a similar note, try and get a car insurance quote and then keep amending it and returning and watch it jump up slightly - purely to get you to 'convert' under pressure.

 

It's the same reason Amazon show you their stock levels and f***ing ticket master have that little timer.

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It's on the internet so it's true

 

THE internet was supposed to be the consumer’s friend. By making it easy to shop around, it would drive prices lower. But online sellers of all sorts of goods and services are taking a keen interest in new software that promises to help them spot customers who are well off, or whose money is burning a hole in their pockets, so as to charge them more (see article).

 

Online shoppers let slip plenty of information about themselves that could be of use to crafty salesmen. Cookies reveal where else they have been browsing, allowing some guesses about their income bracket, age and sex. Their internet address can often be matched to their physical address: the richer the neighbourhood, the deeper the pockets, it may be assumed. Apple computer-owners are on average better-off than Windows PC users, and firms may offer them pricier options, as Orbitz, a travel website, is doing. Your mouse may also be squeaking on you: click too quickly from home-page to product page to checkout, and the seller can conclude that you have already decided to buy—so why offer you a discount?

 

Armed with the new software, retailers are likely to make increasing use of this information to discriminate between customers. Sellers will eye up buyers arriving on their home-page, make some assumptions, then charge accordingly. This will be especially true for products whose pricing is complex, variable and therefore unpredictable to buyers, such as insurance, air travel, mobile-phone plans and hotel rooms. The makers of price-customisation software are eagerly promoting its potential for boosting profit margins; those firms trying it out are, perhaps unsurprisingly, less keen to talk about it.

 

There is nothing particularly novel about price discrimination. A 2006 study of Fulton fish market in New York found that dealers charged Asians significantly less than whites because they believed that Asians were readier to walk away if the prices were too high—and better than whites at ganging together to boycott any dealer who ripped them off.

 

Yet customers may feel it unfair for retailers to charge customers differently for the same product, based on hunches about how much they can be stung for. That makes the practice risky, as Amazon found in 2000, when it tried varying DVD prices according to which browser a customer was using. A public backlash forced it to compensate those it overcharged. Governments in search of crowd-pleasing but cost-free measures might relish an excuse to crack down on “rip-off pricing”. They may argue that the use of price-customisation software by sellers amounts to tacit collusion to overcharge particular groups of buyers. If so, one remedy would be to make them tell shoppers if others had paid less. Such openness would be deadly for profits, making online firms wish they had never bothered.

 

Dress down, and don’t appear too keen

 

Maybe the rise of price-customisation software will spawn rival apps that help consumers defeat it, by disguising their trail of clicks. In the meantime, online shoppers might look at ways to avoid appearing like moneybags. Surf on a PC, not an Apple. Start by visiting a price-comparison site, then—on arrival on a seller’s site—feign interest in its cheapest stuff. Having made your choice, dawdle on your way to the checkout page. The internet may make price discrimination easier for retailers; but in online stores, as in bricks-and-mortar shops, two can play at that game.

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Start by visiting a price-comparison site, then—on arrival on a seller’s site—feign interest in its cheapest stuff. Having made your choice, dawdle on your way to the checkout page

The reason I shop online is to avoid bullsh*t like this.

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What, so the differentiate based on ability to pay? That's pretty scandalous surely?

 

well, you could see it as people paying for what they're prepared to pay, with rich people being prepared to pay more

also, rich people pay more taxes relative to what they earn, you wouldnt call that scandalous, just common sense

 

i think ultimately smart people, or at least internet/price savvy people are the ones who will be able to benefit, by being able to find the loopholes in the system

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Booked a return flight to Dublin in a couple of weeks. Me the Missus and a 2 year old. £670 quid.

I mean seriously f**k off. The flight is about 45 minutes...

 

The tickets only cost £70. The other £600 is taxes, fuel surcharges, and post 9-11 security surcharges (i.e., scams, rip-offs and more bulls***).

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