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I am a dedicated Mac user and I would like to I help any other Mac users
or potential Mac users avoid overpaying for Macs that I have seen on sale. I
was in Future shop in Kingston on the weekend and because I had some time
to kill, I decided to see their Mac displays. What was on display was a
brand new eMac 700 with combo drive at $1599 and an iMac 350 (Summer 2000)
selling for $1308. The latter's statistics are at http://www.lowendmac.com/imacs/350.html

What is my problem with this situation? Well the unsuspecting consumer
may like the eMac but not have enough money and will choose to save about
almost $300 and get the lower priced computer. Unfortunately the market
price for this computer is about $600 but someone is willing to sell it to
you at $1308 plus tax, clearly about $700 than market price for 3 year old
technology and with the minimum RAM and no CD burner. Clearly the
unsuspecting consumer will be ripped off no matter whether the unit had a
warranty or not.

Now I do not know why Future Shop would want to sell the item at a
price which is at least $500 too much? After explaining this to the rep, he
said that Future Shop will continue to sell the unit at that price.

Now I know that they do not have a large volume of Mac sales and maybe
it would be easier to fool a potential Mac customer. There are so few of
them? I am curious as to what would be the reaction of customer if Future
Shopdecided to sell a Pentium 3 with only 64 Megs of RAM, 10 gig hard disk
with Windows ME at the same price as a 2.4 gig Pentium4 with a 60 gig hard
disk. You be the judge.
 

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What can I say....I guess you may be right but, what is the point of telling ehMac member's to beware? Im sure no one here would make the mistake. Also, this is just showing how bad the mac situation really is, I say "BUY FROM FUTURESHOP, why? because any retailer that takes the risk and sells Macs should be supported. Also, Im sure no one will buy it, not switchers for sure, because the first thing they look for is processor speed....I guess they aint in to the "megahertz myth!".
 

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that computer won't sell.

this is what probably happened:

the system puts the price you see on the tag to be a percentage of what the final price of that unit was (the "clearance price.").

the system does not take into account others in its range, and has to be manually changed to really suit the situation. from what you're saying, the price does need to be adjusted, but the store has to also take into account the gross margin percentage that the imac holds. in certain situations, it's ok to just let it go so that it gets out of the store, but some stores are a bit more conservative than others.

not all future shops are the same.

it's like saying, "everybody named ted is a jerk,"

the kingston store isn't as mac-saavy as say, the hamilton store (MY future shop) or else the price would have been down a bit lower. if i remember, i'll call up the kingston store and tell 'em.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by daycus maximus:
the kingston store isn't as mac-saavy as say, the hamilton store (MY future shop)...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your store must be the one on Upper James because the other two... well, I won't go there.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bjornbro:
Your store must be the one on Upper James because the other two... well, I won't go there.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

i won't go to those other stores either. they're jerks there.
 

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i have made the management at the kingston store aware of the erroneously-priced imac, and the thread "beware... of futureshop." it has since been corrected.
 
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