Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nintendo Switch Price Gouging on Amazon

Gamestop, Best Buy, Target et. al. list the Nintendo Switch console with Gray Joy-Con at $299. Yes they are sold out. The lowest price that Amazon lists for the Switch is 50% higher. I don't want to pay a premium to get the item in 2 days, I simply want to pay a fair price and wait for availability.

When I visited Nintendo's official Switch web page I learned that $299.99 is the suggested retail price for the console. The first retailer they link on the page is actually Amazon. Following the link leads you to the product page I linked above where the lowest price listed for the Switch is $449.99. There is a total disconnect at Amazon here. The large $150 discrepancy only makes Amazon appear ravenously greedy.

I have been bothered by the pricing gouging trends on Amazon for the past couple of years. The current pricing for the Nintendo Switch is an excellent example. These practices erode their customer base and encourage buyers to consider competitors (, Target, Best Buy). If I have to wade through a slew of gougers whenever I shop at Amazon, I will spend less time relying on them and put effort in to find better store options.

Google pushing cookie responsibility on bloggers

Yes, the European Union is a pain in the arse. Britain clearly tired of their shenanigans. But when European law and Google's business model collide on a blogger's page, Google makes it clear that the blogger is legally responsible to give notice of Google's data mining practices. "European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent. You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. Learn more about this notice and your responsibilities." Well, Google, well European Union... for my response, I refer you to the photo of the right-honourable gentleman, Linus Torvalds, displayed moments ago.