Marware Eco-Vue Genuine Leather Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Black When I placed this in my Cart (Save for Later) a few days ago, Amazon was selling it for $20.99. On Sunday I placed an HD in my Cart and saw the Kindle case cover was still at $20.99. Monday morning when I went to place my order for both items, there was a notice the case had gone from $20.99 to $32.99. I'm still trying to figure it out -- was there a $12.00 improvement on the item overnight or is this to see what the market will bear?
The 20.99 price looks like it was a 2-week price drop. 3rd party sellers were holding their 'new' price at 32.99. The day it dropped Amazon's new price was matching the third party used price. At least that's what the Camelizer add-on for Chrome indicates for historical pricing.
>> BookWorm says: The 20.99 price looks like it was a 2-week price drop <<
>> E. Smith says: But, this is a "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com." How can Amazon raise their price that fast? <<
Two weeks isn't all that fast of a price change. But, for what it's worth, they lowered it by just as much and just as fast, two weeks ago.
According to CamelCamelCamel... It's USUALLY priced at $34.99. On March 12th, it went to $32.99. On April 3rd, it dropped to $20.99 for it's two-week promo, just as BookWorm suggested. Yesterday was day-14 of the two week span... So, the price returned to $32.99.
The sale is over... you should have bought it when you saw it for the price you wanted.
I bought two 1/2" by 4 1/2" galvanized eye bolts from Amazon a couple of weeks ago for $7.49 each. When I went to enter a review last week, the price per bolt had jumped to $68.00 per bolt. Talk about sticker shock, and yes, both prices were for bolts shipped by and from Amazon, not a Amazon Seller.
Today's price is about $8.50 each from Amazon, so just wait for a while until Amazon's price falls and gets to the point where you wish to purchase.
A lot times Amazon could have the item listed as part of a special deal (they run a lot of specials that last a week or so, and aren't always listed as such on the page, just a discount with the normal price marked out). If you don't goto their "Today's Deals" and look through em all you can miss it sometimes. (the same thing happened to me once when I was looking for a new cordless drill, it went up in price by 30% over night when the special ended).
I am not saying it is the issue here, but it might have been.
From ebay it was either (1) a resell (ie, someone didn't want it), (2) counterfeit product (From China, etc), and sometimes you can't tell easily without directly comparing the two. or (3) stolen merchandise.
These points are also often true of items sold from the marketplace but not fulfilled by amazon if the price difference is considerable (and it is marked as New).
No. The price would have also changed in the cart and would have notified you of the price increase/decrease just as they do for the saved items. Also if they run out of an item they will remove it from your cart and place it in you saved items list. You gotta buy it when you see the price you like! I think there is a notice somewhere that tells you that placing an item in your cart is not the same as holding the item, not in those words but pretty much what it says.
Even items left in a cart are subject to price changes. If you place something in your cart and don't check out, the next time you do anything with your cart (add something else to it, attempt to check out) you will be notified if the price changed and will be charged the new price, not the price displayed when you put the item in your cart.
The bottom line with Amazon is that if something you want is marked down to a price that seems good to you, you need to buy the item at that time. You can check an item's price history on camelcamelcamel.com to help you determine if the current price is a "good" price if you're unfamiliar with the item's price history.