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    Price Point is being disingenuous with its marketing..

    As many of you do as well you get these email blasts with X% off. I rarely open them up but I opened price points today.

    97% off!

    Wow, must be great deals. So I clicked thru their big sale. Only 1 item is 97% off and it has nothing to do with biking...

    click here

    And this is why I never click on any of these email blasts.

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    I read that too. Maybe I'm skeptical or just know how marketing works but when it says "Up To 97% Off" I assume it is one item that nobody, including me, wants.

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    But it has a picture of a mountain biker on it.. must be cycling related!

    I think the next thing down was 93% off, and it was some Sette chain bracelet.
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    marketing hype, it gets you to open the email. but then it backfires because it just pisses people off into not wanting to buy anything.

    i got the same email as well.

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    Pricepoint is a legit site. I would buy from them.

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    Almost every online retailer does this, I am so used to it that I am not bothered. But I also get sick of the "big sales" where everything is still the same price as it was the day before the sale.
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    i just got that email too...one thing i realized is that they say this week only when really they have about a sale or two every month with the same discounts. im sure ljsmith is right that the prices are the same either way haha.

    regardless i still buy from them every now and them. i havent had a problem(knock on wood) and their prices are good so i will keep buying some stuff from them

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbtacolover View Post
    i just got that email too...one thing i realized is that they say this week only when really they have about a sale or two every month with the same discounts. im sure ljsmith is right that the prices are the same either way haha.

    regardless i still buy from them every now and them. i havent had a problem(knock on wood) and their prices are good so i will keep buying some stuff from them
    I got suckered by their "Big Sale" a couple of years ago when I was building up my first bike... Prices weren't bad but being new to MTBing I was overly giddy about it at the time. Now I don't even bothering checking their site for well.... anything. It's like surfing through all of their "filler" items burned me out and I find it a hassle to shop from them. Cost of shipping sucks as well.
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    I like Price Point but after opening one or two of their emails I realized quickly that they never do coupons (20% off one item TODAY) or anything like that, which I appreciate. They have a consistently low price and even if they're a few bucks higher I usually use them because they're reliable. I figure part of having everyday low prices is that their marketing department has very little to work with!
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    All retailers do this. It is *up to* 97% off. All sales are like this, even with brick and mortar bike stores, clothing stores, etc. How is this new? It's been practiced for as long as I've been alive, and has been used even with paper ads, with the big splash at the top before itemized listings.

    I buy a fair amount from Price Point, Jenson, etc. Their prices are fairly consistent. I never buy because of sales, but because I need something.

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    My only issue with Price Point is that they charge "insurance" for UPS shipments that by their nature already include up to $500 insurance coverage...a bit of a gouging but otherwise they have been good to work with over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireLikeIYA View Post
    I got suckered by their "Big Sale" a couple of years ago when I was building up my first bike... Prices weren't bad but being new to MTBing I was overly giddy about it at the time. Now I don't even bothering checking their site for well.... anything. It's like surfing through all of their "filler" items burned me out and I find it a hassle to shop from them. Cost of shipping sucks as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72 View Post
    My only issue with Price Point is that they charge "insurance" for UPS shipments that by their nature already include up to $500 insurance coverage...a bit of a gouging but otherwise they have been good to work with over the years.
    yeah the shipping is quite a bit. i think i payed $30 for a $22 product cause of shipping. but they are reliable so thats why i dont mind using them

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    They're almost as pathetic as furniture stores. "Factory Authorized Clearance!" "Massive Overstock Sell Off!" "Inventory Closeout Sale!". There's a furniture warehouse near my house that's been doing a going out of business clearance sale for nearly 25 years now.

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    AUCTIONS starting as LOW as .99 CENTS

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    give Jenson a try, good folks

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    Up to 97% of business is getting someone into your store and not the other store down the street. Big box retailers will discount items below cost to drive foot traffic (think Black Friday). They know you'll need to purchase things like batteries, toilet paper, etc. Of course, this strategy works better for B&M stores vs online retailers and had more success when the economy was better. Online it's much easier to shop around, price things out, and decide where to order from.

    My favorites are the folks who drive to 10-15 different stores to buy stuff on sale, then spend more money on gas then they actually saved vs buying everything at one store.

    I work in marketing and wouldn't have a job if humans were really "smart"...

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    they have pretty good prices so i use them from time to time. $40 for a 60a minion is pretty good.

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    Are you new to the concept of marketing?

    It's all clever use of language. They will say things like, "Up to 97% off" and have just a couple of items with that marked off. So, what? They want to get you onto the site to see what else they have to offer and on sale.

    You can continue ignoring the emails if you want, but decent deals often crop up on great sites like Jenson, Pricepoint, etc. They are all reputable retailers.

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    what did you expect? a new fox fork at 97% off? PPs prices are great across the board and price match is cake. if this really bothers you, you should probably never look in a sale catalog or watch a TV commercial ever again.

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    At least they had one item that was 97% off.
    The last couple times I have clicked on Cambria's "Up to 70% off!" ads, they haven't had anything better than "30%" off.

    Went to the grocery - Yogurt was $7/10. They had a big sign there that said "Low Price"

    No - the low price would have been last week when it was $6/10.

    I don't like Pricepoint. I don't like their marketing, I don't like their selection, I don't like their shipping surcharges, and I don't like their (utter lack of) customer support.

    And I don't like all the little weasels who think that making a living by misrepresentation and blatant lies to scam a couple bucks is somehow an awesome way to go through life.

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    how is it a scam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue109 View Post
    how is it a scam?
    The OP expected 97% off the entire website.

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    And BTW, their price matching is one of the best around. They will match a competitor's price 30 days AFTER your purchase.

    http://www.pricepoint.com/lowest_price_guarantee.htm

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    It happens...

    I had placed a telephone order at PRICEPOINT for wheels and requested a price match.

    The salesperson said they couldn't offer a price match as the wheels sold by the competitor had straight-gauge spokes and their product had double-butted spokes.

    I said ok and ordered the wheels...sure enough, when they arrived the wheels had straight gauge spokes.

    I don not see how this could've been accidental.
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    I read this whole thread and I still don't know what disingenuous means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cru_jones View Post
    I read this whole thread and I still don't know what disingenuous means.
    i believe its an old old wooden ship.

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    I like Price Point as well as Blue Sky and Jenson; never had a delivery issue, and yes, PP does price match, UNLIKE the BS artists at Wheel World who will go through every hoop in the universe to avoid price matching, whether it be because the other store doesn't have the size you want, or whatever they can come up with; also, Wheel world offers nothing in the way of 50% off Shimano products like their permanent and annoying banner ad on this page; unless of course it's a shoe in size 18.5 double wide, or 4.5 super narrow for kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TraumaARNP View Post
    I like Price Point as well as Blue Sky and Jenson; never had a delivery issue, and yes, PP does price match, UNLIKE the BS artists at Wheel World who will go through every hoop in the universe to avoid price matching, whether it be because the other store doesn't have the size you want, or whatever they can come up with; also, Wheel world offers nothing in the way of 50% off Shimano products like their permanent and annoying banner ad on this page; unless of course it's a shoe in size 18.5 double wide, or 4.5 super narrow for kids.
    Plus one on PP, Blue sky & Jensen, many orders from each and never a problem!

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    If you know what you are looking for and have previously shopped at your lbs you will find that the deals at the online retailers are great. I like bike nashbar because I can return things that I do not like. Unless the lbs has great service, has parts in stock, knows more about a product than I do and will accept used returns for the rare times I do not like a product, I do not see a use for them.
    As far as the marketing plan of the businesses I believe that being honest and tricky only helps in pushing away customers and degrading the companies reputation ex75% off of one item is being honest but if it is an item that nobody wants or an odd size the the customer feels tricked). It would be nice to see a helpful tip email with an article that would help the customer by offering advice on a particular product purchase for ex: (The Lighten Your Bike Sale! The retailer would offer a lightweight but durable wheelset at a loss leader discount and then sell other light weight parts at discount. The goal of this is that the customer has some great parts at a good price and improved their bike. The business sold the wheelset at cost and made some money on the other parts and every person that the customer meets will say where they got the items. Other friends will upgrade and the business will profit in the long run by selling more items at a discount vs a few items at full price.
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    PP is a reputable dealer. Ads will never tell the truth, get over it. If advertising on the internet held merit manufacturers of pants would have to specify crotch sizes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by norcom View Post
    PP is a reputable dealer. Ads will never tell the truth, get over it. If advertising on the internet held merit manufacturers of pants would have to specify crotch sizes.

    Tell me about it....I have to have all my pants, shorts, Jockey's, etc., custom made because...because....awe fagetabouit.

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    If you really want to see disingenuous go online to Dick's Sporting Goods or The Sports Authority. Buy something which you think 'should' qualify for said discount then call them to argue. It's worse around Christmas with their 'guaranteed to get there' promotions. You need an attorney to figure out the fine print. rofl
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    Spamming trick PricePoint will throw at you: type in your address for an order, web site comes back with a request for a trivial correction, e.g. it wants "Ave" not "Avenue". But that's not all it wants to change, the please-spam-me box that you unchecked the first time through is now checked again!

    Still, no doubt the other retailers do this too, or would if their marketeers thought of it.

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