Archive for May, 2018

Buying from Amazon - Caveat Emptor

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

I just bought a pair of BlueDio T4S headphones from Amazon.  I received the package and went to the Bluedio site to verify my purchase for warranty purposes, only to discover that BlueDio is offering the same headphones to consumers for $56.99 ($3 less than Amazon).

I called Amazon to find out why this was the case, and discovered they do not offer a lowest price guarantee like a lot of brick and mortar stores, and claimed they have no control over manufacturers offering their products directly to consumers.

I find it hard to believe that Amazon does not have anti-competition agreements with their vendors, otherwise why would anyone go to Amazon other than to find the product they wished to purchase and then buy it directly from the manufacturer?  The whole capitalistic distribution model would no longer apply, and Amazon as a middleman could be completely cut out.

The moral of the story is, caveat emptor (buyer beware), you may not get the best price from Amazon, so do some research before buying there.