Getting ripped off?

@Sawsen (795)
United States
February 21, 2007 4:43pm CST
I bought a little quilt for my daughter for $50 and I paid an additional $10 for her name to be engraved on it. Today I was checking that same store online, and that same quilt that I bought is now only $15.00!! It's so upsetting. Don't you just hate being ripped off? I can't even get a price adjustment because it's been passed 60 days, and I only passed the price adjustment date by a few days. I'm so frustrated because I feel like they just stole my money. Now someone else is going to get it for a cheaper price when I paid three times as much. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been ripped off?
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35 responses
• United States
22 Feb 07
you werent ripped off. if you worked in retail you would understand. you get a product in and sell it the maximum possible for as long as you can to make a profit, help the economy, make the world go round. then at some point you need to make room for new models so you need to make the price lower so it will sell faster. if it is going discontinued then it is even more urgent because it costs you more to keep it than to sell it for a really low price. and if you went over your policy by a few days for every person that asked you would go out of business. furthermore most places only have 30 day price protection so really it is a good customer service oriented company. so if you bought it four months ago but im buying it now for 35$ less does it mean you are ripped off and im not? no, it means you paid more because you bought it when it was new inventory and i didnt. deal with it and accept that you are being totally unreasonable. businesses need to make profits to stay in business.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I totally agree with you Sarah. That is why I buy all my clothes when they are on discount. I have some great capri's to wear this year that I got for $5 or $7 last year... and some nice jeans to wear the rest of this year and next year that I bought for only $7... when full price was $22. I can usually guestimate when clearance season is about to hit, lol.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Well, you didn't really get ripped off. It happens all the time. Its called inflation. Once I bought a 20 dollar pillow, and the very next day it was on sale for 10 dollars!! It made me furious but it happens. There's nothing you can do about it. Its just like gas..you put gas in your car and the very next day, the price will be 10 cents cheaper. It's shoppers fate. :-p
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@gigarange (1165)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I agree with crimsonblues, it happens sometimes. Prices are tend to go up and down.
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@medooley (1875)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Man that does suck, but it does happen. Do you feel guilty when you buy a great deal, and you know that someone else is paying more?
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@simplysue (631)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Ripped off.....well, no. You bought it at the retail price knowing what the price was up front. In the future you may want to remember a rule of thumb. Buy seasonal things at the end of the season and it will be on sale or if you are really lucky, on clearance. If you need winter clothes for next year there should be excellent clearance items out there waiting to be snatched up in mid March. I will say though, that if you are a frequent shopper at this store they should give the price adjustment just to keep a good customer. That's what smart business people do to keep their customers coming back. ;)
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• United States
23 Feb 07
They should give you the adjustment, because you buy from them all the time. And 50 to 15 is a big difference. Paying 10$ extra to engrave was a lot too. SO they should be willing to do that for you. Maybe they weren't selling enough so they put the price down.. Call them back again and see if they will do that. OR return it and buy it back again.
• United States
23 Feb 07
I get so ticked off when this happens. My husband is worse than me. He will eventually get his way. I think the manager of the store would rather refund the money than have him causing such a scene.
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@mixey62 (305)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I don't think you were really ripped off since the you received 2 months of use out of this item before the retail price was reduced. My guess is that if you could have waited two months for the item, you should have waited to purchase it. But if you couldn't wait, then the price of purchase is what you have entered into an agreement with the seller for and accepted. If you felt this item was only worth $15, you should not have purchased it for $50. That said- this is always the case for me and clothes- when they get reduced after the season I hate the fact that I spent the MSRP. Such is life though....
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@avs189 (1031)
• India
22 Feb 07
You can report to site to cyber crime authority if it doesnot respond to your greivances immediately..i guess u should complain and teach them aptful lesson...
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@Bee1955 (3887)
• United States
22 Feb 07
If its past 60 days, then its on Sale, dear. Yes, we miss opportunities daily. I bought a bedfroom dresser that I thought was a great buy, only to find it in another store $40.00 cheaper! C'est la vie!
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I would call the home office and talk to them about it. I have found through being a cust svc rep that if people make a big enough noise, they tend to get what they want.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
You were not ripped off, trust me. Last April I ran a add on a site called Kaboo, they allow you to post things for sale or for free. I had this item on there for a while and the last week of April I recieved a response from a "woman" named Vera Bruce. I spoke with this woman from about May 1st until June 8th when our deal went down. She claimed to have a business, which I checked out and she wanted the survaillance cameras that I had to keep an eye on her business. Well needless to say I was taken for$1700. which set me way back with the bank. I went to the PS State Police who did squat for me and the bank Sovereign made things even worse for me. I thought that I did everything the right way, but the bank gave me full credit of the check in less then 2 business days and I thought that they had verified the check, which is their job, but apparently I am supposed to be phsycic and know that the check is bad. This person has not been punished for this crime, even when I had plenty of proof like e mails that could have been traced, a reciept from Westren Union, which has cameras and request ID for pick up, so I do not trust much of anything on the Internet when it comes to purchasing and trust me if I ever do it will all have to be verified before I make a move.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
How did you get ripped off? You agreeded to pay a price, you got what you wanted. Just because the price went down doesn't mean you got ripped off. It just means you are going to pay more because that is what the price was when you agreeded to buy it.
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@sweetlady10 (3620)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Yes, this happens all the time. This is why we always check price before buying soemthing(not the regular things)in many sites and at some stores. But after that also it happens. Once I bought a sweater which cost me $25, the very next week it was on sale for $10. I feel so bad when it happens.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I think you need to step back. Stuff like this can happen and you now have an opportunity. Buy the other one for 15 dollars and between the two they will be 27.50 each. A quilt is good at that price! Good luck with this. I would buy mine on Ebay or at a flea market!!
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• United States
22 Feb 07
Yes but only for $25.00 and I ranted on about that in a recent discussion of mine. I am pretty stubborn (I'm a Taurus LOL) and I am not giving up until I get my money back.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
Well, my friend, I have to say, it happens to the best of us. We shop, be bargain, and we take care of our purchase price, and yet, they still manage to rip us off somewhere in the end. All of the stores like to make a profit, and the usually do have sales that decrease the price of something oneday, and then bring it down the next. The important thing is to buy the things that you need, and then, that way, even if the price changes, you won't be effected, because you really needed or wanted it.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
yes that has happened to me and I just hate it too! I often even wait for sales to get a better price, and then I'll discover it even cheaper the next week or cheaper someplace else. I have actually returned an item and then turned around and bought it again at the cheaper price because the store would not give me the credit -- yet they would take the return. Stupid rules sometimes.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
21 Feb 07
I would still write to them and complain, ignore the rule of 60 days and price adjustment.It is unfair practise. Look up details of where they are located, etc. and mention that you don't want to have to report them. Ask them to pay the gap.
@gunnchri (57)
• Canada
21 Feb 07
i bargian hunt so i don't do that as often
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• United States
22 Feb 07
There's nothing unfair about it and you didn't get ripped off. Stores lower their prices or have sales all the time. It's not their fault you missed the price adjustment date. They have to set a limit somewhere. Did you think the quilt was worth what you paid for it? If you did, you have nothing to complain about. If you didn't think it was worth it, you could have filed a complain earlier. Grow up and stop acting as if the world is picking on you. Everybody's had something like that happen to them now and then.