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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Why are some companies such obvious rip-offs?

So, we're putting together the dollhouse we got for my daughter and I discovered that I failed to order the bathroom furniture set. Also, I wanted to get the doghouse for the puppy and it was out of stock last time I checked.

I went back to Fisher-Price.com and discovered the bathroom set is now out of stock, too - figures since it's a few weeks before Christmas. The doghouse was still out of stock as were many other furniture sets. Their dollhouse must be a hot item this year!

Anyway, so I searched other places online to see if I could get this bathroom set anywhere else. Toys R Us is out of stock as are a few other retail stores I checked. I did find it on one website, a place I've never heard of before, selling for more than twice the price of the set as sold on Fisher-Price.com! They had the doghouse, too, for a much heftier price than F-P.

I don't understand how business like that can stay in business. There's no way I'm shelling out that much money. The kids' birthdays are in February so I'll just keep my eye out as to when these pieces are in stock again and order them for Emma's birthday.

Grrrr! The way companies take advantage of people makes me mad. OK, rant's over. Time to go to bed.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 02:16 AM
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Jo, you'd be surprised at the number of people who don't shop around. They either go to their favorite store and buy the product or go on-line and buy from the first place that has what they want. It drives me NUTS! They want convenience and speed over bargains. That's who keeps overpriced places in business. Me? I keep Craigslist going.....

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Re: Why are some companies such obvious rip-offs?

To see this in action, go to a price checker site (like Kelkoo) and put in a few random things. You'd be amazed at the variation on prices.

I wanted to get my dad a travel speaker set for his iPod, and I found a decent looking one (according to an independent tech site), and the difference in price was form 20 to 50! Oh and that doesn't include ebay obviously.
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The differences in prices is even true with pharmacys. My vet tells me the name and dosage of the med we need and lets me call around. For one of the last meds I got for Buzz the price range was between the one I purchased at $49.00 and $74.00.

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It is crazy! I always shop around to find a lower price. Some people have the crazy notion that more expensive is better!
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It is crazy! I always shop around to find a lower price. Some people have the crazy notion that more expensive is better!
Sad and strange, but true.
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Re: Why are some companies such obvious rip-offs?

try ebaY to find what you may be missing from others.

keep in mind companies ordered very conservatively
for Xmas due to the economic downturn, so many
items will be out of stock long before Xmas hits.
so they are not ripping anyone off, they simple
don't want to be stuck with unsold inventory.
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It wasn't the out of stock thing that she was complaining about though. It was the insane prices that some places seem to charge.
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Re: Why are some companies such obvious rip-offs?

OIC - well, that's the reality of supply & demand.
welcome back to the fine world of capitalism

just save the other items as a future gift
when they become more affordable.
I'm sure the kid won't know the difference
unless you point it out to them.
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