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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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Kochise on Sun 16th Dec 2012 18:56 UTC 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[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by puenktchen on Mon 17th Dec 2012 08:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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It's the normal way of operation for budget airlines, train tickets etc. all over the woirld. I guess legislation to prevent it wasn't very effective.

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