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Which store does the most price gouging?

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Which store does the most price gouging?

Since the epidemic started.

I will start by saying SDM.
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redpattison wrote: Since the epidemic started.

I will start by saying SDM.
Why SDM? Just throwing name out there with no reasoning is meaningless. SDM's regular price is always high but with 20x points and other promotions, their prices are ok, with some stuff cheaper than other places.
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redpattison wrote: Since the epidemic started.

I will start by saying SDM.
SDM has always been a rip off in general.
Nothing to with pandemic
I have not seen real price gouging yet.
Small increases in prices due to disruption during pandemic is normal.
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Alot of there prices are just ridiculous.

No wonder he's the richest man on earth
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Costco.ca

The differences in prices of the same item when purchased in-store versus on-line. I can understand that part it covers delivery charges

BUT

However if dont spend over $75 the also charge $3 per item.

Example paper towels are $5 more expensive if purchased on line plus an extra $3 if you dont spend more that $75
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Crappy Tire. When your "sale prices" are actually the MSRP and your real regular prices are marked up worse than alcohol at a bar, that's gouging.
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explorer11 wrote: Costco.ca

The differences in prices of the same item when purchased in-store versus on-line. I can understand that part it covers delivery charges

BUT

However if dont spend over $75 the also charge $3 per item.

Example paper towels are $5 more expensive if purchased on line plus an extra $3 if you dont spend more that $75
I'm not sure this really fits into "gauging".
I can't wrap my head around what you would expect to be reasonable.
Clearly, they do not want to deliver small amounts, as the cost exceeds the return.

I'm very annoyed by CT and Walmart charging a $5 fee for when you order a single item for pick-up.
I'd understand if the order was large - but 1 item?
Total cash grab.
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shikotee wrote: I'm not sure this really fits into "gauging".
I can't wrap my head around what you would expect to be reasonable.
Clearly, they do not want to deliver small amounts, as the cost exceeds the return.

I'm very annoyed by CT and Walmart charging a $5 fee for when you order a single item for pick-up.
I'd understand if the order was large - but 1 item?

what i am saying that there is a difference already in the price of in-store and on-line. PLUS you get charged an extra $3 per item
so if you get 4 items and its still under $75 thats an additional $12 o top of their overinflated prices for shopping in line
Total cash grab.
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explorer11 wrote: AMAZON

Alot of there prices are just ridiculous.

No wonder he's the richest man on earth
Usually it's 3rd party sellers.

As an example I needed 2 new soldering tips for my hakko soldering station, each one was $40CAD + shipping on amazon.

On hakkos site I think I paid $6-$8 USD for each one and shipping was cheap.
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IMO individual sellers on eBay and Amazon. They were the ones who raised prices beyond cost (but did it to match demand).

Costs are up for many items, my go-to example is Purell hand sanitizer. There's been a 30% cost increase at a major office supply store but I don't believe they or any of the grocery stores have passed the cost on. Heck, we've even seen better deals, Purell at Loblaws was $6 pre covid for236 mL, they brought in a 1L size for $10 during covid and maintained the 236mL size at $6.
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Should we first understand price gauge vs price increases?

It doesn't seem everyone understands it
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: Crappy Tire. When your "sale prices" are actually the MSRP and your real regular prices are marked up worse than alcohol at a bar, that's gouging.
You're new here, I can tell. :)

What's the expression? "If it's not in the flyer, don't buy at the Tire..."

*Tyre is correct of course, but we're talking the company name.
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ALLCAPS wrote: You're new here, I can tell. :)

What's the expression? "If it's not in the flyer, don't buy at the Tire..."

*Tyre is correct of course, but we're talking the company name.
I've posted the same expression many times but I say if it's not on the FRONT PAGE of the flyer, because that's the only place the prices are closer to fair market value. Like that "regular $40" power strip "on sale $10" which would sell for $5 or less at Dollarama. That item pretty much summarizes Crappy Tyre's scummy business model.
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Any of those small businesses that were importing ppe and selling for 400x profit during pandemic under the guise of supporting local first responders. One place a supplier for dentistry items was charging 90/box of masks when others were gouging at 60.

No Im not talking about your avg kijiji seller these were legitimate med to small businesses that I personally will never support again.
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