Beware Best Buy Computer Price Hikes

Beware Best Buy Computer Price Hikes

Donald says Best Buy is sticking it to uninformed customers by advertising computers at higher than regular prices and passing them off as great deals without quite calling them sales. [More]

Lexicon Puts $500 Blu-Ray Player In New Case, Charges $3000 Markup …And Gets Caught

Lexicon Puts $500 Blu-Ray Player In New Case, Charges $3000 Markup …And Gets Caught

If you’ve always suspected that high-end audiovisual equipment is sort of a ripoff, the folks at Audioholics have confirmed some of your suspicions. In their review of the $3500, THX-certified Lexicon BD-30, the site just came out and said it: the player is another manufacturer’s very nice $500 Blu-Ray player slapped inside a new case and sold with a $3000 markup. [More]

GameStop Jacks Up Wii Accessory Price By 25 Percent

GameStop Jacks Up Wii Accessory Price By 25 Percent

Last week Nintendo released the Wii Motion Plus, a box you stick on to the bottom of a Wii remote to make the cute little video game system’s motion controls spaz out less and start obeying to your precise motion commands. Motion Plus only works with new games specifically made for the add-on, including Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis.

Walgreens Doesn't Want You To Print Your Own Passport Photos

Walgreens Doesn't Want You To Print Your Own Passport Photos

Walgreens charges a hefty $7.99 for passport photos. Is it because they’re super fancy, or technically challenging to create, or the paper is strawberry scented? The answer to all of these questions is no. It’s because it’s an easy way to make a quick buck. That’s why they hate it when you find a cheaper online solution and try to print out your own 4×6 layout of passport photos via their stores.

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/19/you-probably-wont-be-surprised/

You probably won’t be surprised by this, but it looks like Circuit City’s liquidation deals aren’t very good deals at all. [Gizmodo]

Another Gap Markup Story, Higher Price Rung Up At The Register

Another Gap Markup Story, Higher Price Rung Up At The Register

After seeing our story about Gap selling pants at an elevated sale price, reader Neff told us the same thing happened to him in Texas, with the higher price ringing up at checkout.

These Gap Pants Are On Sale For Ten Dollars More Than The Original Price

These Gap Pants Are On Sale For Ten Dollars More Than The Original Price

Reader Ryan caught his local Gap offering a great deal on some snazzy pants: only ten dollars more than the original price!

Kohl's Marks Up Jewelry, Then Discounts It

Kohl's Marks Up Jewelry, Then Discounts It

A Maryland woman bought some jewelry on sale at the Kohl’s in Westminster, then discovered cheaper prices under the price tags.

Guitar Center Corrects Prices On iPods, Gives Refunds Plus $10 Gift Cards

Guitar Center Corrects Prices On iPods, Gives Refunds Plus $10 Gift Cards

We received an email from Guitar Center’s Chief Marketing Officer this afternoon letting us know that the $100 markup on their iPods was a pricing mistake, and that they’re automatically refunding the difference to anyone who bought at the wrong price as well as giving them $10 gift cards.

Guitar Center Adds $100 Premium To iPods

Guitar Center Adds $100 Premium To iPods

Update: Guitar Center has fixed the pricing error and offered refunds.
Quick, get out your throw-away cash and head to Guitar Center! Their website sells the iPod Classic and both sizes of the iPod Touch for $100 more than what you’ll find pretty much everywhere else. (We guess there’s extra rock-n-roll in them.) You know what makes us crazy? We bet people still buy them.

Kelly's Will Rent-To-Own You This Wii For $948

Kelly's Will Rent-To-Own You This Wii For $948

Here’s a perfect example of what a ripoff rent-to-own or “lease-purchase” (to use the Kelly’s phrase) arrangements are to the consumer. This $250 Wii console can be yours for only $79 a month, and after 12 months, it’s yours to keep. By that time, you will have paid $948 for it. By comparison, if you charged it to a credit card with 18% interest, you could pay $23 a month and have it paid off after 12 months. Kelly’s offer will cost you $673 more than paying with the credit card.