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Who calculates the Flipkart/Amazon pricing? Why it keeps changing?

Subcenter2009

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Last week, just before the big Amazon.in sale, I bought the Sennheiser SD 180 headphones for Rs. 741/= only. During the sale, they were a little costlier. Now, 2 days after the grand sale they are asking Rs. 899/= . Why this rise? Mrp is Rs.990/=
JBL T250SI headphones were offered at 701/=. Today, they have 2 different prices on 2 different pages at Rs. 749/- and Rs. 2499/=.
If you access the same product page over a short period of time, often, you can see the prices changing. Is there a software that does this automatically? Or is there someone somewhere who sees the demand or trend?
Can members provide their Gyaan on the way this system works? Should one keep following the price regularly till the price becomes affordable over some time?
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas on the reason behind the grand success of these giant retailers.
Yours,
Subcenter2009
 
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COOLDUDE7808

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when u open the page ...u will see two radio buttons on the right side ..one for lightning deal and another for the normal / discounted price ...

The same products are sold by different vendors ..so some offer discounts and some don't ...

Sometimes the same product is listed more than once ...the vendor will be different
 

elangoas

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I think it is Web Analytics..There must be some team who monitor on the statistics, atleast by the unique hits that the products have received say in the last 1 week.. They should also have the list of products that were most accessed data, ofcourse statistics on products that were tried in search window too..

Once you sit on gold mine of statistics like this, rest happen automatically..

This is the same with Flipkart too..
 
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Every seller has it's own group to monitor their own pricing, they calculate the demand, supply and their stock to come up with their own pricing. Any discounts which Amazon add will add up by the Amazon software suite. It's very much like physical store. Only difference is the platform. Rest are the same. If you can, you'll and if you don't, you won't.
 

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Multiple things.
1. There are multiple sellers with different pricing trying to compete with each other
2.Most online retailers have sophisticated pricing tools which utilize inputs such as competitor pricing, inventory, snags patterns, customer profiles etc to optimise their baseline pricing
3. On top of that you have multiple promotions being run my manufacturers, sellers and amazon
 
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What does that even mean?
If you're a seller and if you can offer a discount to boost your sales which wont affect your profit, You'll provide discount to clear the inventory and if the demand is more and people will buy even though your price is high, you won't reduce the price. :yahoo:
 

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If you are looking for a particular item, on these large etailers, try and avoid a "direct query" - for e.g. if you are looking for a particular CD/ DVD say by the a popular artist - do not type the name of the CD(even if you know it) . Chances are, after you look at an item, their internal calulations/programs, will take it as an "show of interest" and either increase or not reduce the prices! This is especially true for old items that have been listed for many years....
 
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