Orbitz Tries to Sell Higher-Cost Hotel Rooms to Mac Users

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  1. IBNobody
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    If you are a Mac user, consider not using Orbitz.com to make travel arrangements. Depending on your OS (orbrowser ID string?), they will show you higher-cost hotel rooms.

    http://www.forbes.co...re-says-orbitz/

    The average Mac owner has a greater household income than the average PC owner, and Orbitz is trying to capitalize on this by gouging Mac owners. I may not like Apple, but I absolutely hate this prospect of targeting people based on what browser/OS they are using. Everyone, regardless of the OS they choose, should be shown the same items for the same cost.
     
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    I concur, thats terrible and people should strike on orbitz and watch them apologize pretty quickly for the "error"

    It appears Orbitz has already posted response here ya go

     
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    Here's the Orbitz CEO, from that USA Today article...

    "I see that you are using a Mac. I bet you'd rather stay at a hotel that marks up their prices and gives us more commission. Here's a selection of Hilton hotels for you."

    "I see that you are using a PC. Hmm... There's a Motel 6 down the road. You'll find a bargain there."
     
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    Targeting results to people meeting specific criteria isn't a new thing, and it really isn't as horrible as it sounds.
     
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    This is a witch hunt, I tell you, a witch hunt! Oh, cruel humanity, when will the persecution of Mac users ever end? Can't we all just get along?
     
  6. Hells Malice

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    This isn't bad.
    What they SHOULD do is exactly what people mistook their idea for. They should mark up prices for mac users. They'd never even notice. They're used to paying extortionate prices for average products already, their hotels should be the same.
     
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    I thought Orbitz would be too mainstream for Mac users.
     
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    Remind me to never book a hotel from my girlfriend's laptop. *shudder*

    I'll stick with my desktop, or even my phone, if need be.
     
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    So I guess us poor Linux users just get directed towards a shack or something?
     
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    You get sent to Hotels.com because Orbitz doesn't deal with Linux scum.
     
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    If you can't figure out how to put together shelter yourself, you probably shouldn't be using Linux in the first place.
     
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    hostels and co-ops.
     
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    You get shown to the VIP Room- The Exit!
     
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    This really isn't as bad as it looks at first glance. They're just recommending higher cost rooms. The lower cost rooms are still there at the same price.
     
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    This would be hillarious in Sweden... Since macbooks are so common amongst university students... who doesn't have much money at all generally! :D
     
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    Mac users are morons who pay high prices for fancy looking computers. So a travel agency shows them fancy looking hotel rooms at high prices. Makes sense.
     

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