Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Dec 2012 16:25 UTC
Apple "Starting today, Walmart has dropped prices on both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, with the 16 GB iPhone 5 now on sale for just $127 and the iPhone 4S coming in at $47." I'm sure a 33% price cut right ahead of the holidays is totally normal for a product of which demand outstrips supply. Right?
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 16th Dec 2012 16:58 UTC
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They probably build up a small inventory for them to advertise with to draw crowds to their shops. Most people won't be able to get a cheap(er) phone, but hey maybe they'll buy something else.

My wife too has become the 'victim' a couple of times of stores advertising stuff and then it turns out not every story has the product and when you find one that does they are already sold out before noon. When you interrogate the staff it turns out they only had a stock of... two.

iOS devices are the hottest Christmas gifts and shops want people in their shop, not somebody else's.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Kochise on Sun 16th Dec 2012 18:56 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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In France, if the ads do NOT specifically specify only 2 units were available for sale (country wide or area wide) and/or the offer is NOT time limited, then the shop HAVE to get enough stock and sell them to the advertised price, unless it's a clear mistake (say, an iPhone 5 sold for $7 or so). Consumer policy at its best, that's one positive point to live in France.

Ralph Nader approves.


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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 16th Dec 2012 19:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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I guess here, The Netherlands, we are less lucky.

What happens I suspect that some chain of stores can get their hands on some stock for a good price and then distributes it over a number of their stores, but not all of them. They then put out the adverts and people go to the stores, only to either find out they never had the items or they are already sold out.

We once had to visit three stores to get hold of a picture display/storage thingy and the one we got was the one from the store window, where it was on display despite them having none in stock and still they were very reluctant to sell it to us.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by tidux on Mon 17th Dec 2012 01:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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We have a similar law in the United States. That's called "bait and switch advertising," and it's blatantly illegal.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 17th Dec 2012 04:24 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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No, you just have to suffer through the experience of buying something from walmart. That's deterent enough for some.

I know its popular to hate on walmart, but their service usually is terrible. And by " service" I mean the amount of time it takes to find someone who can perform a standard transaction... like buying a phone.

I Actually tried to buy my GS III from them because it was a good $50 cheaper. No one was in the electronics dept. I found someone nearby and asked him why the place was abandand, he argued that it wasn't. And refused to beleive that non one was in electronics. I invited him to look with me, but he refused insinsting that some one was at the register. I went to the front of the store to find a manager and explain the situation of my desire to purchase something from them. They went back with me to see if I was telling the truth about the ghost town. I was. Then they got on the intercom to hail someone. The person that showed up unfortunately didn't know how to sell a phone on contract, and didn't know anyone that did. Manager still there, I point to the nice display case with all of the phones in it and tried to explain that they were refusing to sell me something because they were unable to figure out their own systems. I did all of it in a very patient, respectful and calm manner. I never got an apology from anyone, but explained to them how commerce works and how I would now go across town to a different store to give business to another company. It was like talking to a brick wall of clueless-ness and apathy.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by lucas_maximus on Mon 17th Dec 2012 11:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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TBH, you have to understand that you were asking don't make anything extra from selling you the phone, but if they mis-sold you the phone on contract that are likely to get bollocked.

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