MF’s oddball pricing during “sales”

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by petrus61, May 28, 2019.

  1. With the promo code, it saves me almost $6 :confused:?


    This is the first time I’ve bothered to do a screen grab, but it’s something I’ve noticed to be a regular occurrence during promo and sale offers through MF, but strangely only when I have backstage points accumulated and seems to be limited exclusively to strings :bored:!

    There are several online retailers that have the same exact set listed for under $40...some as low as under $30. Am I missing something here?

    Disclaimer: I don’t care to discuss MF’s right to charge whatever they want, or my right to shop elsewhere. What I am curious about is if I’m the only one who has noticed this.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I swear, the website people for some of these companies boggle the mind. I work for a small independent company of 80 people and our website is flawless but these retail giants can't get something basic like accurate pricing.
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  3. Look...magically fixed within the last 10 minutes:

    That time I didn’t actually “search”...I scrolled through the regular strings section until they popped up. Hmm...

    EDIT: Disregard this image. It is of a different set. The 3120’s are still $58.59.
    Last edited: May 28, 2019
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    The strings are different in the screenshots. Maybe that's why the price changed?

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  5. Correct. That’s the 3025’s in the second mistake! The shorty set is still close to $60.
  6. Here’s from another online dealer, which is actually only a few bucks lower than the others I see online:

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  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Yay, fixed!!

  8. Except that MF still has an exorbitantly high price on the set in question...nearly double their own regular price and of that on many other sites. Here’s a random set of GHS I pulled up from the site:

  9. I guess what I’m asking is are they blatantly raising their regular price to offset the “deal” people would be getting with the Memorial Day sale?


    Again, they’re free to price things however they want. I just genuinely want to know if something is going right over my head here.
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  10. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    You can always call and they’ll price match plus give you the discount you’re entitled to.
  11. Compare this:


    To this:
  12. Sure I can, but I’m trying to understand the logic or if it’s a genuine regularly occurring glitch that seems to coincide with holiday offers.
  13. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I worked in retail many years ago, for a company that sold hot tubs.
    About a month before a big sale, the owner of the company would raise all the prices to MSRP. Then the sale comes along a month or so later and it's as if people are getting deals of a lifetime.
    People can be fooled easily. We'd have a 10% off sale and no one would come in. We'd have a 'we pay the sales tax' sale, and it'd be crazy busy. Back in those days, sales tax in these parts was about 5%.

  14. Being in retail as long as I have, it boggles the mind. I guess that is what separates some of the little guys from the big ones. If we did that to our customers we’d be run out of town with pitchforks. That’s why I’m scratching my head. It’s so blatantly obvious. Not only are there zero savings, it’s almost as if they are passing along the cost of the promotion to those customers who might have accumulated rewards points.

    Of course, all this is at face value. I will happily concede that I may well be missing something very obvious aside from lazy marketing.
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  15. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I think too they throw out some items at high prices just to see if they get someone to buy it.
    That happens when I shop at Amazon too. I'll see most of the listings for an item at the same price, or within a buck or two. Then here and there one comes along way higher priced, even double or more. I figure someone put it out there at a high price and figured if someone buys it, great. If not, no biggie.
    I figure they are hoping there is an element of folks out there that don't know how to shop online or do comparison shopping. If they can snag one of those folks now and then they can score a big profit, in this case maybe selling some $27 bass strings for $60.
    Sadly, my father is like this when shopping online. He searches for an item, clicks on the first link he sees, and buys it. Part of it is him not being internet savvy, the other part of it is he tells me he doesn't want to waste his time looking all over the internet for something, so he buys it as soon as he finds a reputable website selling it.

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  16. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Do these items have SKU’s for multiple packs? Like 2 or 3 sets in a master pack?

    Maybe the webmaster is posting the correct image but referencing the wrong SKU for pricing.
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  17. These are single item listings as they appear. The only multi packs I’m seeing are Boomers. You could be onto something though as I may have missed that.
  18. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    There's a name for this type of marketing, but it escapes me at the moment.
  19. That was my first thought, but I’m perhaps naively trying to give the benefit of the doubt. If that is the case, kind of a crappy deal on MF’s part don’t you think?
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  20. viribus

    viribus Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    Dynamic pricing? It’s a thing. Amazon loves it. Browse the same item every day, multiple times a day if possible, but don't buy it. Do this enough times and the price will suddenly drop. Then the day after you order at the lowered price, it will go back up to normal.

    Dynamic pricing - Wikipedia

    Dynamic pricing, also referred to as surge pricing, demand pricing, or time-based pricing is a pricing strategy in which businesses set flexible prices for products or service based on current market demands.[1] Businesses are able to change prices based on algorithms that take into account competitor pricing, supply and demand, and other external factors in the market.[2]
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