Here where I live, there is something called price adjustment.
Basically if I purchased something for $50 and 6 days later the item is $40, I take the receipt to a store, and I get $10 plus tax back.
The grace period for price adjustment varies.
Plus, if the item has not been used, and has all tags, even after the grace period, as long as I'm entitled to return it for a full refund, I can ask for a price to be adjusted.
I'm not sure what's your problem. If the item has not shipped yet, you'll do a favor to the seller by canceling, instead of returning it.
You feel obliged towards the seller?
With full respect, I usually feel ripped off, so no mercy. Their profits are based on huge margins which are usually unthinkable to an average buyer.
As long as you could survive the political life, I would always vote for guys like you. :)
I haven't been in that situation yet but if I were I would look if they had a money back/no questions asked thingie on their site and if so I would return the item for a refund and then buy at a lower price.
The store won't sell at a loss so the reduced price is OK with them then I (or you in this case) might as well get something out of it too and the store will be happy to get something out of it after all.
Cancel the order and purchase at the cheaper price.
|The item hasn't shipped yet. |
If you still feel it's a moral issue, contact the company and explain the situation- you bought the item an hour before the price went down. You would obviously like it at the lower price, so you would like to ask that they charge the lower price instead. If they say no, then go ahead and follow my first suggestion. :)
I would just write to them and ask for the sale price or cancel the sale and reorder if they won't, it's really quite simple and not a moral quandary whatsoever IMO.
I guess I am having moral qualms because I have been an opponent of those distance selling regulations in the past. Fells kind of awkward to profit from something you have opposed in the past. I think I'll offer not to cancel my order in return for a voucher for the difference. I need some more things from them anyway.
Unless you are buying live bunny rabbits that will subsequently be used for "Returns Dog Food", I don't really think there's a moral angle here.
Case and point - do you think the retailer has given a second thought to the fact that some people ordering the product the previous day ended up paying $120 more for?
Mrs engine just had exactly this situation. She ordered a new dress for a wedding we're attending, so it wasn't an ordinary outfit.
The item arrived the following day.
In addition, in her email that day was a discounted price for that very outfit.
She called the company and they said they cannot retrospectively discount the item, but suggested the item is returned for a refund, and re-ordered at the new discounted price.
That's what she did.
Both seem happy with the arrangement.
That's how you work for the lowest price on Amazon. Put something in your shopping cart, buy it when the price gets to where you want it to be if you think you'll use it in the next 30 days. Add it to your cart again after you buy it, watch the price and if it drops, send the one in hand back and order it at the lower price.
I think I'd contact them and ask politely for the discounted price, as a valued customer - since it's quite a lot, and such a short period of time.
It's quite possible they'll happily agree - especially if you point out you're about to place another order - so then there's no problem.
If they play hardball, THEN you can invoke distance selling regs, take your next order elsewhere or whatever. But give them the chance to do the right thing first.
"But give them the chance to do the right thing first."
Yup. Also, you might mention that you feel uncomfortable asking, but after a lot of thought you came to the conclusion this was the best thing to do.
The moral decision is very personal, but I will tell you most companies rarely have any morals at all. And I, as many above, do not even see this as a moral issue.
Do what is right for you, as long as you do not lose sleep, feel bad, hurt anyone, or do anything illegal, then take care of number one.
The moral dilemma, if there was one, would equally be on the seller side for accepting sales knowing the buyer could have gotten the items cheaper in an hour. It goes both ways.
Cancel your order and order again. It's money and not loyalty or morals which is paying the tab and its perfectly legal.
On the other hand, if you were a retailer, how would you feel about customers asking to reserve items before the sale, for collection at sale price?
|On the other hand, if you were a retailer, how would you feel about customers asking to reserve items before the sale, for collection at sale price? |
At our brick and mortar store, when I KNOW an item is going to go on sale in a day or two, I actually will tell the customer and give them the sale price then. (I've done that occasionally on our website as well.)
Maybe it ISN'T a good business strategy. Maybe it DOESN'T buy me customer loyalty.
But it just FEELS like the right thing to do. And it is always nice to hear someone say thank you when they genuinely mean it.
I think being a small business, one of our advantages is giving more personal attention. Larger B&M stores will advertise their sales in advance, so they aren't worried that people will stop shopping until that sale date arrives. Nor are they worried about a flood of returns once the sale is on.
I guess you just have to look at your competition and figure out IF you can do one better (maybe you can, maybe you can't).