Tesco refuses to honour Nintendo 3DS priced £40

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  2. Walrus-Chan

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    I love how the second big picture that article uses is of a fake DS successor
     
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    lol maybe we should hope this happens at the end of the year
     
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    I wonder if they'd have ended up with a lot more sales and therefore still a good profit if they had honoured the price...
     
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    You can't make a profit selling stock below cost [​IMG]

    I can't speak for tesco but Aussie retailers buy it in for just over $320 and the rrp is $349
     
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    Wow. I'm sure Nintendo will say something about this. If not, I may just be buying a Nintendo 3DS from that place, if they reinstate that lovely price.
     
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    1) they won't
    2) your flag says you live in the USA (where the 3dd has an rrp of $249 iirc) and this shop had them for what equates to $254
    (£ 157.60 = 254.53976 U.S. dollars)
     
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    1.) Oh.
    2.) I had used a converter that spat out a lovely price of $190 USD. I must have typoed.
     
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    Nintendo probably complained and said it cut into their illegal price fixing.

    and if they didn't "back off" they were going to sue them under grounds of....uhm...because they CAN!
     
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    i wouldn't be surprised if nintendo was price-fixing.
     
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    Nintendo can't do anything. MSRP only means "Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price". So they could sell the the 3DS for $20 if they want, they won't make any profit, but they could if they really wanted to.
     
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    they can do something, they can refuse supply if they price it too cheaply, specially for pre-orders.
     
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    But that's illegal and stupid. They're still getting the same price per unit. The retailer's selling at a loss.

    As for Tesco, they have to honour all the pre-orders before the fix. They can't turn around and say "Yeah...its more than that" as that's illegal.
     
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    No. If Tesco, for example, is paying Nintendo $100.00 for each console, and then they sell it for $20.00, Nintendo still got the same profit they would if Tesco sold it at full price. The only thing is Tesco would be digging it's own grave.
     
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    Under the Advertisement Acts here in the UK, the company HAS to sell the product for whichever price has been displayed. This is regardless of misprint of price, wrong labeling or any other sort of mistake made by them.
    My friend went to buy a TV which was costing him £800, in the store they put the wrong label under it, which said £300. The company tried to argue it was a mistake ect, but in the end due to those laws, they sold it to him for £300.
     
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    yes it's illegal, but i wouldn't put it past them. plus they've done it before.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/2375967.stm


    that's a different case which i guess they are circumventing by region locking.
     
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    Yeah, I was about to say that that's an ENTIRELY different deal there. The RRPs in those areas were higher and they were threatening legal action on any importers.
    Region-Locking doesn't work between UK and EU countries as we have the same TV standard and therefore the same lockout codes. It would be too cost-intensive for them to region-lock for every country in existance and be met by HUGE resistance.
     
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    nando is right, this happens all the time and not just with Tesco. They get free advertising out of it and rarely get punished.

    Remember the saying 'There is no such thing as bad publicity' - well like it or not, we (this thread) are publicizing the fact that tesco has 3ds. So their plan worked. [​IMG]
     
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    The won't get punished because they'll HAVE to honour any preorders already made at that reduced price. Its illegal if they don't.
     
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    I'd love to live in your world of justice and protected rights. Unfortunately, most people are too busy to do an Erin Brockovich on Tesco's ass.
    I know you're right on paper, but in practice...
     

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