Your browser influences what you pay online.


Last Updated: 2013-02-27 11:23:46
  1. unnamedny

    unnamedny Well-Known Member


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  2. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You VIP Member

    Natural selection.
  3. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

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  4. unnamedny

    unnamedny Well-Known Member


    did you even read the article? if you are using safari browser, you might pay more at certain sites. Its like going ti a restaurant and getting a menu with higher prices than the rest of the tables.
  5. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You VIP Member

    Hence what bob said. People should learn to be more 'net savvy'. Like I said, natural selection, if your dumb enough to buy something without shopping around, don't expect any sympathy.
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  6. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female Guide

  7. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues - Crazy peacock person - Guide

    Oh, the irony. :laugh:
  8. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You VIP Member

    Congrats on spotting a swypo :congrats: have a silver star ;)
  9. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

    There are so many factors in marketing any product, that the pricing based on browser seems trivial by comparison. Compare same-station gas prices around town, near freeway off-ramps, etc. Compare sales rep attitudes based on the way you're dressed and/or the age/condition of the car you arrived in at the lot.

    That info we deliver to every site we visit is there for a purpose (for the website admin/owner), it's not only about how to render the page. ;)
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  10. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    That's like going through a drive through and the price changes depending on what car you are driving.
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  11. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer


    Drive through carwash? Hummer costs more than a mini ;)
  12. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    So basically, the article says everyone should use Chrome.
  13. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    When will Mac users learn :rolleyes:

    ;)
  14. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    Something like that sometimes happen here. If a store thinks you might be rich, like you have a real iPhone or something, they will frequently try charging you the higher price. And foreigners will frequently be charged a premium price, especially if they think you might be an American. Unless you know enough Mandarin to ask for discount and can haggle.
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  15. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    I know. Its not that Macs are expensive after all. Its that only Mac users buy macs and when doing so, they're using Safari to make the purchase!

    I can't wait for someone using apple products to say "this cost
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  16. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

  17. unnamedny

    unnamedny Well-Known Member

    it might be just a tip of the iceberg. Image companies giving you the price they want to, or you can even make the rest of the stores online charge you the same price. I think its a very dangerous situation for consumer's rights. It has nothing to do with how tech savy you are.
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  18. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    The car wash service is for the actual car. A Hummer is bigger than a Mini, so I would say the effort in servicing a Hummer is more than a Mini and a higher cost for the Hummer is reasonable. If I go through a drive through at a restaurant, I am servicing myself. That does not change with the car I drive.
  19. unnamedny

    unnamedny Well-Known Member

    There are simply people who have never paid one bill in their life and everything they have is from mommy's and daddy's wallet. Anyway....

    Let me put it in simple words for you. What is happening is pure discrimination. If they can study your behaviors of buying things online, it's fairy possible that you are never going to find a proper deal online. In other cases they can base things on studies, and lets say, are willing to give a better deal to a Jewish, Indian or Chinese user over Caucasian or Black person. How would they know? Well you type in things and some have keyboard registered. Same way with locations. If you order things from Harlem or south bronx you should not pay less than people ordering from SoHo (or central park facing buildings)

    This example is not limited and this should be strictly prohibited, as it was mentioned before you don't pay 30% more for driving to best buy in a Porsche over people on Honda's and Toyotas.
  20. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    That reminds of the thread came up a few months ago here in the Lounge. Young man didn't get a job because he had an iPhone.
    Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone ? The Register

    "Students who have iPhones don’t work. Everything you have was bought by your parents. You haven’t bought anything by working yourself."


    Of course this is China, and things like that can happen here.
  21. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Well-Known Member

    It is unfair and shouldn't be allowed .. but it's also not unusual in the 'real' world.

    I recently moved to the edge of a very up-market area and when we were getting quotes for things like building work, they were way higher (like double) what they had been for the same work in our previous house in a more average area.

    Same thing with quotes from gardeners and cleaners.

    You'll also notice that if you go to any up market area, you pay more for most things - a coffee in Starbucks, food at the local supermarket, gas .. Of course, some of that is because the businesses are probably paying higher rents, which is not the case in the virtual world.
  22. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    What?

    Let me get this straight, sites are detecting your browser and changing the price accordingly?

    No question really, that should be illegal.
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  23. mplevy

    mplevy Well-Known Member

    This hit the news sometime last year. Yes, it should be illegal. I think the story was focusing more on how travel sites were showing Mac/Safari users upscale hotels or resorts as a higher-ranked result than they would be on a PC or other browser.

    Sure, using Chrome will work, until they realize they can get the OS version as well.
  24. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Well-Known Member

    So, we all know we can get browsers to fake this info: the question is, what should we have it pretend to be to get the best prices?

    I'm guessing a XP / IE7?

    I think I have an actual machine with that ;)
  25. GJTRUEFAITH

    GJTRUEFAITH Active Member

    I noticed years ago price diffences such as this and am grateful for the common sense I was blessed with. I Never just jump the gun and buy something I always shop around as some would say, it's all about doing our research before buying any product. Just as we don't just use any software or app we look at ratings and reviews. I even go so far as checking the BBB and/ or consumer reviews. Keeps me from getting ripped off.

    Sent from my SPH-D710VMUB

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