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Dell Canada is Price Gouging

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  • Apr 8th, 2020 10:05 am
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sheryar wrote: Dell Canada has significantly increased the price of its monitors given the huge demand for monitors thanks to people working from home.

To give an example this used to be a $500 monitor:
https://www.dell.com/en-ca/shop/dell-27 ... ccessories
It's showing up as $1,859.99 for me. That's like 4x as much!
Why can't we all just get along?
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I am not a Dell fan but they are not gouging, they are just not offering discounts anymore. Everything is back to MSRP.
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Not a problem...go with other brands.
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kr0zet wrote: I am not a Dell fan but they are not gouging, they are just not offering discounts anymore. Everything is back to MSRP.
Best Buy has it regular price for $749 99, so I don't think MSRP is over $1000.
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At the wholesale level, prices are pretty dynamic and change every day. When I was in the industry, commercial customers would call distribution to check prices and buy from whoever was cheaper even if the difference was less than 1%. So with the drop in the CAD and increased demand from WFH, pricing is probably going up rather than down.
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sheryar wrote: Dell Canada has significantly increased the price of its monitors given the huge demand for monitors thanks to people working from home.

To give an example this used to be a $500 monitor:
https://www.dell.com/en-ca/shop/dell-27 ... ccessories
Increasing prices due to currency fluctuation and increased demand is not price gouging.... Amazon has dynamic pricing.. is that price gouging too?

Plus, new COVID-19 price gouging laws only apply to essential/medical supplies anyway.
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KanataKG wrote: Increasing prices due to currency fluctuation and increased demand is not price gouging.... Amazon has dynamic pricing.. is that price gouging too?

Plus, new COVID-19 price gouging laws only apply to essential/medical supplies anyway.
Charging $1000 for a monitor they had been selling for $500 is currency fluctuation? I didnt know CAD fell by half in value in the past 2 weeks ...
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sheryar wrote: Charging $1000 for a monitor they had been selling for $500 is currency fluctuation? I didnt know CAD fell by half in value in the past 2 weeks ...
call them out on this on social media, and watch them fix this quickly.
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does it matter?
shabby wrote: Call Doug Ford!
LMAO. I was under impression Dell falls under federal jurisdiction.

by the way OP if it is expensive you dont need to buy expensive monitor. take it or leave Russel Peters.
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jeff1970 wrote: It's showing up as $1,859.99 for me. That's like 4x as much!
Showing up at $1059.99 for me.
Devhux wrote: Best Buy has it regular price for $749 99, so I don't think MSRP is over $1000.
US MSRP is US$799.99, so $1059.99 sounds about right for CAD MSRP.

Best Buy’s “regular” price is often less than original MSRP for many products.
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So what exactly "gouge " is defined?
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sheryar wrote: Dell Canada has significantly increased the price of its monitors given the huge demand for monitors thanks to people working from home.

To give an example this used to be a $500 monitor:
https://www.dell.com/en-ca/shop/dell-27 ... ccessories
The last I checked, Dell is not the only manufacturer of monitors. If you are someone who likes Dell products, pay the retail price or buy a refurbished/used monitor. Seems simple.
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smartie wrote: So what exactly "gouge " is defined?

Gouge, overcharge; swindle..

btw, do you speak like Yoda in real life?
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LondonBilly wrote: Gouge, overcharge; swindle..

btw, do you speak like Yoda in real life?
I am asking how do you define in this case or other cases it's gouge or not.
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smartie wrote: I am asking how do you define in this case or other cases it's gouge or not.
Gouge or gouge not, there is no try.
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Dell falls under provincial jurisdiction. So you can complain to Consumer Protection Ontario.
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Ardenn wrote: Dell falls under provincial jurisdiction. So you can complain to Consumer Protection Ontario.
As mentioned, the Dell monitor pricing in this thread appears to be regular retail pricing. So, reporting this doesn't make sense unless people want to start calling Dell's MSRP price gouging.

This is part of Dell's regular pricing strategy, not new to this pandemic period. They price peripherals and accessories high, but not outrageously high, and then regularly discount the items for a little while. Then the price goes back up. Rinse and repeat.
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Why just buy dell? Other deals to be had for other brands.

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