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May 7, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: Amazon Gold Box price

Chris Ruegsegger writes:

Late last year while looking for Christmas presents on Amazon I happened to run across this strange pricing error in my Gold Box. The regular price is "$69.99," but my special gold box price is "$71.95!" I have to wonder if anyone was duped into paying more for an item they saw in their Gold Box.


I like flipping through the Gold Box almost every day just to see what they might offer me. On the one occasion that I actually bought something from it, I scrutinised the price so closely that I noticed when the "coupon" hadn't been quite the right amount and had them refund $1.99. (I wasn't concerned much about the two bucks, I just wanted to point out the error to them.)

Posted by: Melissa at May 7, 2004 06:28 AM

Tax isn't shown in the Gold Box; Amazon always applies tax to the end order.


Gold Box item:

Gold Box item put into cart, order about to be placed, tax applied:

Posted by: Melissa at May 12, 2004 02:51 PM

I have seem similar errors on the Amazon "Gold Box." I especially like it when there's someone selling a used item at an even cheaper price then the gold box! ;)

Posted by: Kevin at June 15, 2004 08:57 AM

notice how it says "you save $0.00 (0%)"

Posted by: does it really matter? at November 24, 2004 09:21 PM

And look at the Customer Rating... a lot of Gold Box buyers probably were incopetent enough to buy this WITH their "coupon"

Posted by: does it really matter? at November 24, 2004 09:23 PM

Melissa: So you're saying the sales tax is 16%?

$69.99 - $7.99 coupon = $62.00

$71.99 = 116% of $62.00, which means the tax part is 16%.

Sure glad I don't live in that area.

Posted by: Brian at March 18, 2005 04:01 PM

Woops, make that $71.95. The math is correct though.

Posted by: Brian at March 18, 2005 04:02 PM

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