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Anyone else irritated by Amazon's new "micro" price changes?


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Initial post: May 13, 2012 7:01:06 PM PDT
As you all know, I like to watch the price changes on BDs. Recently, in the last week or two, Amazon has started executing price changes as little as $.01.

The volume of these changes are so high for very little difference, they trigger tons of Shopping Cart price change messages as well as generate pages and pages and pages of data to sort through on price tracker sites like Blu-ray.com. What a pain.

Do they really think all these nickel or less price changes are what consumers are looking for?

What do you think? And what do you think Amazon's strategy is here?

Posted on May 13, 2012 11:56:26 PM PDT
Sha Gojyo says:
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Posted on May 14, 2012 6:55:34 AM PDT
Oskar2525 says:
It is like in office space, they are skimming pennies. If they increase all blu's by .01 for a day and they sell 1 million blu's a day, well that is an extra $10,000 in amazon's pocket.

Posted on May 14, 2012 10:17:40 AM PDT
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Posted on May 14, 2012 10:27:46 AM PDT
L. Housley says:
this isn't new. it's been going on for a long time and it doesn't bother me. why would it? it doesn't affect me at all.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 11:41:28 AM PDT
It has never been going on at this high of volume before, for this small of price changes. I was on Blu-ray.com yesterday and it took over a hundred pages to document 4 days of price changes, most of which were under $0.50. Why do we need over 2,000 price changes of under 50 cents over 4 days? This has never happened before. Even for Black Friday.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 1:37:02 PM PDT
L. Housley says:
please, amazon changes prices CONSTANTLY. They always have! They changes prices for couple of hours or an hour or a couple days.

I have all the movies I want in my cart and see the adjusted prices there, but I see no reason to go through tons of websites before I buy. I'm guessing that's what you're doing at the blu-ray website you mentioned. I just look at dvdpricesearch and look up individual dvds when I want to buy one. Usually amazon has the best price so there's not much reason to shop around.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 1:55:11 PM PDT
They have never done so at this rate for such small amounts before. Here is a slice of what my Shopping cart does every day now-

The Natural [Blu-ray] has decreased $0.30 from $14.63 to $14.33
Beverly Hills Cop [Blu-ray] has decreased $0.26 from $9.73 to $9.47
The Omega Man [Blu-ray] has increased $0.26 from $9.73 to $9.99
Heart: Alive in Seattle [Blu-ray] has decreased $0.25 from $14.28 to $14.03
Where the Wild Things Are [Blu-ray] has increased $0.09 from $9.47 to $9.56
Hart's War [Blu-ray] has increased $0.06 from $7.99 to $8.05
Freerunner [Blu-ray] has increased $0.03 from $13.17 to $13.20
Green Day Awesome As Fudge (CD+Blu-ray) has increased $0.03 from $24.72 to $24.75
Mojo (Blu-ray Audio w/ Bonus Download) has decreased $0.02 from $29.92 to $29.90

Increases and decreases of 2 and 3 and 8 cents... seriously? You have always seen this high volume of tiny changes? Every week, thousands of fluctuations under 50 cents? I do not think so!

BD prices before April had, by a wide majority, been 50 cent increments - $7.99, $12.49, $19.99. Now, prices seem to be set by a random number generator- $14.33, $9.73, $9.47, $13.20, $9.56. Prices like these have not been the norm at Amazon until this month.

Note - I did have to change the name of Green Day's BD, Amazon would not let me repost the real title. They are allowed to have a title by that name, but we are not allowed to mention it :(

Posted on May 14, 2012 2:14:38 PM PDT
Graham R. says:
I agree - totally annoying to be told the price has increased by a penny. I keep a ton of items either in my cart or "saved for later" just so that I can monitor the prices changes and decide when I want to buy. However I am not interested in whther the prices increase or decrease by a penny!!! - I don't need to know that. I think amazon should limit their price notification messages to a minimum of 50cents.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 2:25:01 PM PDT
L. Housley says:
"thousands of fluctuations?"

you have thousands of items in your cart?? you have way too much free time, i think.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 2:46:05 PM PDT
There are sites that track these thing-

Start here, and keep paging through until you reach 7 days back-

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/deals.php?prices=all&popularity=all&country=usa

This site does not track price raises and removes price drops from the list after another raise. So, after you count the several thousand active price drops from the past week, I think you can pretty much at least double that number to estimate how many BD price changes there are over all in a week.

Thank you for assuming, please play again tomorrow, when prizes are doubled!

Posted on May 14, 2012 2:47:05 PM PDT
This doesn't bother me at all. Go to blu-ray.com --> use Best Deals, or Lowest Prices. Ignore Newest Deals. Problem solved. If you need to keep track of all the price changes that aren't lowest prices, or do not exceed the threshold in blu-ray.com that you set in your site preferences, then you're just asking for it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 3:05:37 PM PDT
ChrisP says:
Your making this way to difficult. Just go to http://camelcamelcamel.com/ and you can locate the item and set the price you want to pay and when it drops below that amount you get an e-mail. It also allows you to track the price over time. This site even allows you to view the 3rd party sellers (New and Used).
There are other sites that you can use to track prices at that same location...take a look.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 3:08:22 PM PDT
How does this solve all the useless shopping cart messages to sort through?

And Blu-ray.com does not have a threshhold for amount of price drop, only total savings percentages. So, if I set my percentage to 30%, and a price drop of 3 cents changes the savings percent from 34% to 34%, that title still gets on my price drop list.

Problem not solved.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 3:17:45 PM PDT
I know how to use all the tools. I do not like that two of my favorite tools have become 20 times more cumbersome to navigate.

Many times while checking these lists I would find a title that I did not know was on BD, or was simply not interested in before when the price was higher. Now those list are 20 times longer on a daily basis for miniscule price changes.

Posted on May 14, 2012 6:32:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 6:35:06 PM PDT
H. Snyder says:
C. Barbus is right on this one. Tracking prices on Blu-ray.com has become more cumbersome due to these "micro" price adjustments, cluttering up the lists with tiny price changes in order to have the same title appear numerous times. Worse yet, these changes are sometimes made four or five or even more times per day, usually to low quality titles, making it harder to track the quality titles that appear from time to time among the chaff.

H. Snyder

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:02:52 PM PDT
I use 60% and I'm only interested in lowest prices. Problem solved for me.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:41:06 AM PDT
JNagarya says:
I think it's an obvious squeeze: if you put an item in your cart, the prices initially fluctuate significantly. But the longer in the cart, the less the fluctuation. I think it's an effort to get one to buy sooner than later, because the longer one waits the less the savings.

It has the opposite effect on me: I wait longer for significant reductions.

Posted on May 17, 2012 6:30:29 PM PDT
JMM says:
I love how Fight Club (10th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] is $10.01 - that might be the strangest price I have ever seen.

Posted on May 18, 2012 6:50:34 AM PDT
K. A. Jones says:
There are lot of factors involved since in todays economic climate "dimes, nickles and pennies" add up. Everything has gone up...postage, packaging materials, cost to handle, storage, facilites, heating & air, personnel, etc....and add inflations and the decline of the dollar value. No telling what the volume of a given movie is selling one day wih a few pennies off is but combined with everything else it adds up. We're not dealing with a single store on one side of town but something that caters to the whole country.

Look at this way....take any stock price say $25.00 a share or just use Microsoft. If that moves say a dime either positive or negative tha can add up to some serious $$$$ even though on the face one dime per share doesn't sound a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 6:15:46 AM PDT
KT says:
Very bad analogy, Microsoft trades nearly 50 million share a day.

How many Blu-rays of any title do you figure sell per day?

I have to agree with C. Barbus, the price drops starting at $.01 are ridiculous.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 8:43:17 AM PDT
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