We have written many articles about why it is important to pay attention to shipping costs when comparing prices online, but this one actually really set us off! Technically, the listing is legitimate. Well, kinda sort of…it all depends on the definition of what “IS” is. And at holiday time, when many shoppers are looking for the best deals, these type of things happen more often than usual.
Actually, this pricing/shipping ploy it is quite misleading and frankly outright deceitful. The merchant is either really unintelligent, or was intentionally playing games to show as the merchant with the “lowest price” for this item. Well, we know for a fact that this product’s manufacturer has a MAP (Minimum Asking price/Minimum Advertising Price) for all of their products. For the record, the MAP for item shown is $199.99 for most small resellers.