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Amazon.ca and raising prices?

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Amazon.ca and raising prices?

I wonder if it's just my bad luck or is amazon just shifty. Lately when I look for an item on amazon (not with all) and refresh the page a couple minutes later the price goes up by 100%+. At first I thought maybe someone bought the item before but that's not the case. I was looking at wireless keyboard for example and the amazon price completely vanished after refresh, the item is in stock and when I click on new amazon completely vanishes from the list (not even OOS message). So my question is if it's just my bad luck lately with items or does amazon track views/visitors and just raises the price? I've had this happen a week ago when I was looking at a couple other items and had the items added to my cart, everyday the price would increase (by amazon), then when I removed it from my cart the price dropped back to normal after a couple days.

Either way, I recommend an addon for chrome called keepa as it's helping me track the fake increased prices by amazon so I've been alert recently.

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For example, when I first visited it it was $38.99. However, after a refresh the price shows around $60+ (without the option to buy from amazon). I just cleared my cache/cookies and it's back to $38.99
https://www.amazon.ca/Logitech-K400-Wir ... Bk400&th=1
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If you use keepa, the product will end up in the same situation because keepa will broadcast any tracking deal under its deal section and many people are using it. Once Amazon detects lots of people are viewing the item, the price will go up. It may go back down if it ends up nobody is buying it, but the price will still go up first before dropping it back.

Also Amazon is able to detect anyone is viewing the item. If you keep refreshing the item, then it may trigger the price system to do something about it.
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I have read that Amazon monitors your Amazon browsing (and maybe other site browsing from cookies?) and sometimes cranks up the price of something it thinks you are interested in, so they make extra profit. That might also get people to impulse buy if they think the price could go up.

I'm a little worried if I research a product a lot and check out reviews on Amazon, my price will go up.

I don't buy from them often as I usually find better deals at local physical stores, maybe use them once a year, but their .ca site has been getting better prices recently making them more interesting.
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If you want to check the detail of the item, check from the .com or other online retailers or manufacturer online. In this case, it will prevent the trigger from Amazon price system. Usually, viewing one or two times is fine, but if you keep staying on the same item page for a while or coming back to view the item price on the item page, then it will definitely raise a trigger to the pricing system.
adams7 wrote:
Feb 7th, 2017 6:25 pm
I have read that Amazon monitors your Amazon browsing (and maybe other site browsing from cookies?) and sometimes cranks up the price of something it thinks you are interested in, so they make extra profit. That might also get people to impulse buy if they think the price could go up.

I'm a little worried if I research a product a lot and check out reviews on Amazon, my price will go up.

I don't buy from them often as I usually find better deals at local physical stores, maybe use them once a year, but their .ca site has been getting better prices recently making them more interesting.
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I have posted deals and within minutes, but before anyone buys it, the price goes down and then up when someone buys it. I keep stuff in my cart and prices go down and up. I don't get it but I like getting cheap stuff
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lcmt wrote:
Feb 7th, 2017 6:15 pm
If you use keepa, the product will end up in the same situation because keepa will broadcast any tracking deal under its deal section and many people are using it. Once Amazon detects lots of people are viewing the item, the price will go up. It may go back down if it ends up nobody is buying it, but the price will still go up first before dropping it back.

Also Amazon is able to detect anyone is viewing the item. If you keep refreshing the item, then it may trigger the price system to do something about it.
That's probably what happens, but it seems they've increased the frequency when this happens. I used to use amazon a lot a never had these issues, recently I've had it happen almost every time I visit amazon to check a product.
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bait and switch except amazon is not doing the advertising. RFD and other unpaid agents are the advertisers so amazon is not doing anything illegal. new law required.
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I've had some warehouse deals in my shopping cart overnight and found that the same item would increase in price by a few dollars if I didn't buy it the day before. I never leave anything in my shopping cart that I'm considering buying anymore after that!
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i linked a product on facebook and the price went from 6 dollars to 26 dollars........ it was a socket tool..........
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Amazon keeps changing the price strategy, but still constantly introduces items having step-down price. Recently, I have noticed about 2 times the "PRIME EARLY ACCESS DEAL" has higher price. In other word, after the 30 mins of "PRIME EARLY ACCESS DEAL", the price drops even lower. I hope this is not the trend, otherwise, Prime members got "PRIME EARLY ACCESS DEAL", but they need to pay higher price. This may not be Amazon's fault because these two items are sold by third-party, but shipped by Amazon. I'm not sure if the third-party sellers are the actual SCAMMERS. They lower the price again after the PRIME EARLY ACCESS time expired.
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blackdragon12 wrote:
Feb 8th, 2017 12:41 am
I've never personally noticed this... But I do use quite a few tools to save me money on Amazon - and make sure I'm not overpaying! Check out this video for more
Good video. A couple more ways to save that I use; facebook pages that post deals like BB and ACD. And, when I see a deal for some item, I look at what else is listed under that manufacturer/distributor name. I posted a deal for a Vinotemp chiller, if you look at other products by Vinotemp, there are a couple of other deeply discounted items.

I mostly look at stuff sold by Amazon and discounted by at least 70%, and I've seen the price go up immediately after I buy something, but I have also seen the price stay the same for days after I buy, and then go up. Once it goes up, sometimes it comes back down and sometimes it doesn't. I don't see any patterns.
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Feb 8th, 2017 9:02 am
Good video. A couple more ways to save that I use; facebook pages that post deals like BB and ACD. And, when I see a deal for some item, I look at what else is listed under that manufacturer/distributor name. I posted a deal for a Vinotemp chiller, if you look at other products by Vinotemp, there are a couple of other deeply discounted items.

I mostly look at stuff sold by Amazon and discounted by at least 70%, and I've seen the price go up immediately after I buy something, but I have also seen the price stay the same for days after I buy, and then go up. Once it goes up, sometimes it comes back down and sometimes it doesn't. I don't see any patterns.
Yup - its all pretty random. If I really need something, I'll wait a few days max for a lightning deal or a price drop. Otherwise I'll just bite the bullet and get it.
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I think it's a neat system.
I've literally stolen a few things because of it.

Bought an $8 fine Chinoise beause of it.
They're normally like $50.

$100 ice machine too which is now $500.
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Stole some more things.
Bought a 25qt Aluminium Brazier for $25 and a 20qt Stainless Brazier for $50.
Price jumped to $120 and $240 after purchase.
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nope
if anything, in my experience, items fall by a few dollars sitting in the cart for a couple of days.

are we talking about the same seller? or only with Amazon.com.ca LLC? fulfilled by Amazon as well?

I'm sure there's some crazy algorithm in place though

I find amazon.ca not just lacking selection but pricing and its system is really all over the place.

Ive also had an item with an open order "awaiting more stock" but if you go look up the same item again, Amazon no longer sells it directly..all 3rd parties. But I never got an E-mail for cancelation or anything.

Weird.
Russell wrote:
Sep 10th, 2011 12:29 pm
We come here looking for deals. We use the savings on the things we buy to justify buying more things, thus filling our homes with tons of unnecessary consumer products. Such is the key to happiness.

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