Firstin.co.nz rip off AGAIN
It looks like firstIn.co.nz are at it again with misleading retail prices.
Today I see they have an 2nd hand (they say refurbished – but by who?) MacBook Pro for $1599 that they say saves $300. (In case the page disappears I have pasted a screen shot below).
Well I did a comparison with the only site I know always sells refurbished Apple gear – Apple NZ. And I find their STANDARD price on this unit is $1527 (again image shown in case this link dies). Now I will explain that the Apple product is a 2.4GHz processor, where as the FirstIn is 2.53, but Apple also have the 2.66GHz model, with a larger (320GB) hard drive for only $1699. So that’s $200 LESS than the supposed standard price FirstIn claim, for a BETTER unit. Take a look for yourself – Apple sell heaps of refurbished stuff all the time. So where is the $300 saving? What’s this based on? In fact it’s $72 MORE than Apple, plus Apple do free shipping, so that’s (up to) another $10 saved, depending on where in NZ you are.
It took me 30 seconds to find this price, so FirstIn cant claim they didn’t know. This what they do for a living (sell stuff online), and they REPEATEDLY inflate their so called RRP to show larger discounts than are really there. In this case they are actually charging MORE than a comparable unit. I would MUCH prefer to by direct from Apple – I trust them when they say its refurbished, and I also trust Apple’s pricing (coz they don’t mess with it, and they rarely discount). It goes without saying I don’t trust FirstIn.
Black and White Version: FirstIn.co.nz continue to be misleading on their pricing/discounts. I don’t trust them.
PS: Click on either image below for a larger view. Both images copied from their respective web sites at 1.15pm on 12 July 2011.
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