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November 23, 2007
REPORTING ON black Friday shopping in New Jersey.
UPDATE: Reader Bill Adams complains:
That Amazon Black Friday sale looked great. I moved three items into my shopping cart. But when I returned to actually pay for them at 9pm, same day, sale still running -- I was informed that one item had been repriced 25% higher, the other 40% higher, while sitting in my cart.
Imagine going to a department store for a sale, picking three items, and then having them repriced by a guy with a sticker gun while you were in the checkout line (though assured the sale is still running, just not so good for the items you chose anymore.)
Since there was no physical guy with a sticker-gun I could fell to the ground in my rage, I just deleted all items in my cart. "Saved" items from past days too. But of course Amazon will never know or feel the slightest discomfort.
Unless you let people know this is going on.
Consider 'em informed -- er, assuming they read InstaPundit. I have had stuff in the cart go down before, but never up. But I seldom leave things there for longer than it takes to check out.
ANOTHER UPDATE: A bunch of shopping-disappointment complaints, involving Amazon and many other merchants. The "lightning deal" thing seems to be leaving some people unhappy -- not sure if that was Bill Adams' problem.