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price gouging or what?

By Jaqui ·
I was just checking the websites of a few shops for dual layer dvd disks.

two of the largest chain stores carry a 50 piece spindle of them, same brand, so same product.

these two chains have a $30.00 difference in prices for the product.

Future Shop, usually most expensive place to buy anything, has the 50 pack spindle for $39.99
Staples, usually competitively priced, has the same memorex 50 pack spindle for $69.99

can we say price gouging?

I knew we could.

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But it's only a little job

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I am piqued

It wouldn't take you any time at all with all of the equipment that you have here so you should pay me to allow you to use your Play Toys.

Or when I was repairing Sewing Machines. There is nothing wrong with it it works perfectly it's just not sewing.

I've heard them all before and I still have the sign over the counter. :^0


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Nothing new.

by mjwx In reply to price gouging or what?

Australia, land of parallel imports. Tax free import for almost anything up to A$1000

A 50 pack of blank DVD's locally is about A$25 at best, but I've seen them at A$60 this year.

However I can order them for HK$80 (A$12) from a Hong Kong supplier.

Unfortunately, due to postage it only makes sense to order them by the box. I suppose local retailers will charge what they can get away with.

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What about London drugs?

by Oz_Media In reply to price gouging or what?

Some of the lowest prices in town, but then they tack on that recycling levee of 29 cents per disk. Buy a 100 disk spindle and they add $29.00 to it at the checkout !

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I don't suppose that's what Future Shop is doing?

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to What about London drugs?

That would pretty much bring the 2 of them in line with each other....only $1 apart.

I'd lsay you identified the price difference....very much like the advertized prices of soda pop....they <b>never</b> include the price of the recycling fee for the cans or bottles.

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2 reasons I don't buy from London Drugs

by Jaqui In reply to What about London drugs?

they don't carry the dual layer disks
and the tariff on blank media they add to the cost.

not recylcing tariff as you called it, a tax on blank disks to try to prevent copyright violation(s).
same tax, just calling it different.

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That's how it began

by Oz_Media In reply to 2 reasons I don't buy fro ...

It began as a license levy, the problem ws millions had amassed with no 'artist' to pay and holding companies in limbo, thus there is a big bankroll right now that just sits there doing nothing, now it is just a blank media levy. My mistake was in calling it a tax/tarriff actually.

It's not technically a tax because it is not collected by the federal government, it is collected by the Canadian Recording 'government' (like our privatized Translink government) instead, and so far they have collected more than they are able to allocate.

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not a recycling levy . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to What about London drugs?

it's the CPCC levy

here's a page from one of our suppliers
(they're upfront about the levy){14222FFA-D865-4AC6-BB73-9E517047E579}&PageType=Product&SKU=CDR80-MBS&CategoryID=16

(why do pages with = in the url not post)

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I could open a whole bag of US / UK price comparison on ya

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to price gouging or what?

But I will spare you the pain.

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Speaking of price competition

by Oz_Media In reply to I could open a whole bag ...

A gallon of gas and a gallon of milk are close to the same price in Canada.

Which is a more valued product though?

Gas we may run out of eventually due to over consumption. but perhaps we can save the planet by buying more milk. If all those cows are milked, there is less flatulence and less methane so we get to save the planet from turning into a fire ball next year.

So if we can engineer cars to burn milk, I am sure there's a lot of stored energy in milk that can be efficiently combusted, then we will save the planet in a hurry. But then the price of a MacDonald's hamburger may rise above the price of gas, oh fiddle, what a predicament we got ourselves into!

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