Flipkart steadily increasing prices?

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Product A in my cart was available for 237 in pre book. Regular price was 399.

When sale started it was listed for 340.

And now it’s at 399.

MRP is 529.

This is a random example, but in the garb of sale.

Is this artificial increase over the weekend?

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Now you might get some products at higher than normal prices. Shop carefully

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What I feel is, both these platforms are now using surge pricing (like uber) or other dynamic pricing methods for items that are not part of the published offers.

They analyse the demand with many other metrics and increase the price of the product accordingly once it starts selling.

Or they calculate the profitability batch wise ( not per unit ) and spiral the price up, more quantity in stock, they sell for less and as the remaining stock decreases, the price goes up.

Or maybe some items are not selling from their own store, so they want to bring the numbers up, for the platform recommendation algorithms to detect the sale and move it up on the recommended list, so they stand fair with competing with the 3rd party sellers who stock the same item on their platform. This helps them avoid Anti-competitive practices lawsuits, because on the records everyone is given a fair chance by exercising their own pricing policy.

Yesterday, I bought 5 units of an item for 120 ish rupees, after my checkout the price was hiked to 200+.

And all this happens right away, you don’t even get time to share the deal with someone else, it wasn’t like this few months back, so in my opinion the deal hunting for quality branded items on Amazon and Flipkart is over. You see one, you just need to grab it, if you need it, before someone else spots it or you lose the opportunity. You don’t even get the time for asking an opinion on forums.

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Yes, finally someone said it.
This has been bugging me from the previous year Big Biilion Days Sale. The prices are increasing gradually as the sale days come to end. For example – I wanted to purchase this charger (https://www.flipkart.com/ambrane-aqc-56-18-w-3-...), on 16th October its price was 199 rupees, on 17th it went to 249 rupees and today it is at 299 rupees. Same with this data cable (https://www.flipkart.com/ambrane-cbc-15-2-4a-1-...), it went from 79 to 129 and now it is at 149 rupees. If you want to buy something just do it at the first day of the sale, do not wait even a day or the prices will increase. This is what I have learnt from these sales.
Amazon does not do this as far as I am concerned. Their prices remain constant till the end of the sale.

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teriab33 wrote:

What I feel is, both these platforms are now using surge pricing (like uber) or other dynamic pricing methods for items that are not part of the published offers.

They analyse the demand with many other metrics and increase the price of the product accordingly once it starts selling.

Or they calculate the profitability batch wise ( not per unit ) and spiral the price up, more quantity in stock, they sell for less and as the remaining stock decreases, the price goes up.

Or maybe some items are not selling from their own store, so they want to bring the numbers up, for the platform recommendation algorithms to detect the sale and move it up on the recommended list, so they stand fair with competing with the 3rd party sellers who stock the same item on their platform. This helps them avoid Anti-competitive practices lawsuits, because on the records everyone is given a fair chance by exercising their own pricing policy.

Yesterday, I bought 5 units of an item for 120 ish rupees, after my checkout the price was hiked to 200+.

And all this happens right away, you don’t even get time to share the deal with someone else, it wasn’t like this few months back, so in my opinion the deal hunting for quality branded items on Amazon and Flipkart is over. You see one, you just need to grab it, if you need it, before someone else spots it or you lose the opportunity. You don’t even get the time for asking an opinion on forums.

Yesterday, I bought 5 units of an item for 120 ish rupees, after my checkout the price was hiked to 200+.

— which item bro .. link ?

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Yes. They are price matching Amazon’s shytty high prices now.

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actually the sale is on the first sale. Flipkart is doing this from past several years.

Don’t get confused, the sale is only on 16th and rest days the price increases.

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DubeyJi wrote:

Yes, finally someone said it.
This has been bugging me from the previous year Big Biilion Days Sale. The prices are increasing gradually as the sale days come to end. For example – I wanted to purchase this charger (https://www.flipkart.com/ambrane-aqc-56-18-w-3-...), on 16th October its price was 199 rupees, on 17th it went to 249 rupees and today it is at 299 rupees. Same with this data cable (https://www.flipkart.com/ambrane-cbc-15-2-4a-1-...), it went from 79 to 129 and now it is at 149 rupees. If you want to buy something just do it at the first day of the sale, do not wait even a day or the prices will increase. This is what I have learnt from these sales.
Amazon does not do this as far as I am concerned. Their prices remain constant till the end of the sale.

I guess I’d wait another year to buy on first day of sale. And then they would reduce the prices the next day. Hahaha

These are inconsequential purchases, but I will not buy at inflated prices just for solitary protest.

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RaviKhanna wrote:

Happening from last couple of years.

Yep first sale is always cheaper. This is to make you not wait more. Though depends a lot on how well that product sells.

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This happens every year…

Best prices come on First day only (that too in early access one)

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lol same here. will only buy at the 1st day itself of any sale from now on.

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yup, i noticed that too and happening on amazon and myntra too!
eg i wishlisted a shirt and a pack of 5 briefs at 50% off on myntra and when their so called sale began, its at 10 and 15% off, the coupons are also useless.
Now eagerly waiting for this fake sale to end 😆

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