Most people are aware of the term MSRP. For those who don’t, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSRP.
Recently, Best Buy has been found charging higher-than-MSRP prices for accessories for the Xbox 360. Some are calling it the Halo 3 tax. That means as the imminent release of Halo 3 approaches, customers will be in the store to pick up their pre-orders of Halo 3. Best Buy believes a select-few of them will stop by the accessories isle and pick up something (extra battery, cable, controller, etc).
I find this disturbing and evil.
I myself was burned by this when I bought my HDTV from Best Buy. I knew I needed to pick up the VGA cable to use between my Xbox 360 and TV. This VGA cable is $39.99 MSRP, but Best Buy sold it for $42.99.
What can we do about this trend? Two things:
- Nothing; MSRP contains that special word suggested.
- Shop elsewhere
Or, buy some Best Buy stock and be happy they’re charging more than their competition and getting away with it.
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