Amazon Tomfoolery

tom·fool·er·y/ˌtämˈfo͞ol(ə)rē/
Noun: Foolish or silly behavior

Example: Getting caught offering different prices to new customers vs repeat customers in the past in a “test”

They seem to be doing something like it again today:

In the screenshot the left window is logged in to my account, the right is a private browser (no naughty cookies for Amazon to use to identify me), copy/pasted the URL to both sides to ensure that I’m looking at identical items on both sides.

Note the Kindle price varies from $7.99 to $6.39.

UPDATE: Amazon never did respond. Shame.

3 thoughts on “Amazon Tomfoolery

  1. As someone who spends a fair amount of my income at Amazon, this disturbs me.

  2. Yeah I know what you mean, I pretty much buy whatever I can at Amazon (although I do price check, when they’re significantly more expensive I will shop elsewhere)

    I thought they learned their lesson charging different people different prices before, but apparently not.

    Waiting for customer service to get back to me about why I was charged a higher price than the publicly posted price, that should be interesting to see.

  3. Got an email blaming “technical problems”

    I guess we’ll see. Seems like a bit of an obnoxious “bug” since it’s multiple items.

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