Originally Posted by texasrattler
I see nothing about bait and switch. Models get sold out or discontinued all the time, its that simple. Especially this time of year when a transition on tvs takes place. If you had done your research a little more throughly you would have found out that the tv you saw for $999 was just a holiday tv and they fact that the stores had them just meant they were left over from the holidays and they wanted to clear their inventory of them. This has been happening for years and is nothing new. It also not against the law or is actually anything like that.
Sigh. Ok maybe I'm getting old and crotchety or something. I'm not suggesting there is anything illegal about the marketing tactics. They did actually have what they adverstised at one point after the doors opened on Sunday so that isnt the issue. But if they had only one unit in the warehouse I take exception to that. Remember this was on the front page of a national flyer. And yes I know about the fine print but it was on the front page of a national flyer. At least on BF day they advertise in the flyer 10 per store or something like that.
You talk about research and I accept that. Thats kind of what led me into this mess! And remember Sharp says no it is not discontinued. I am not blaming BB or Sears or any other retailer after hearing that from Sharp. They lied.
But on the link one guy found the unit and one guy bought something more expensive. Smells a little bit of bait and switch to me. You see this comment in that link?
"Went to get one of these $999 Sharps at BB but they were sold out.
This particular BB had the LC-60LE632 on sale for $1199 so I picked one of those up instead."
Now you may not agree and thats fine but seems to me like the tactic worked perfectly. The guy walked in, couldn't get what he walked in for, and walked out with something more expensive.
Bait and switch or retailing 101?
I feel like I'm really belaboring the point for no purpose so...nevermind. I'm not trying to be the drama queen or wide receiver diva that it is coming across as. I will move along.
p.s. Andre Reed for the HOF this year! Go BILLS!