original content::purchasing | Friday, Jul 30th 2004, 12:25:55 PM
I bought the iPod from Target.Com for $299 but with a 15% off coupon and free shipping. They told me that it'll take a MONTH to get the item and then a little more to process it then ship it. That was fine with me. Anyways, a few days later it was leaked that Apple was going to announce the new generation (4th) iPod. What does that mean? Well, duh, a big price discount on the 3rd generation iPods. A friend called me and told me about it. I didn't particularly worry because, well, I had a month to think about it and it wasn't formally announced yet.
Then Apple did formally announce it and pretty much with in one or two days, Target.Com shipped it out. Yep, Target.Com conveniently "found" the iPod and shipped something they wouldn't have for a month or more pretty much IMMEDIATELY mailed it when they realized the price was going to fall drastically.
But anyways, the story continues! So Amazon.com starts to sell the 3rd generation iPod for 17% off AND give out a gift certificate for $50. So I email amazon and ask if I could get a certificate since I bought it from target.com via amazon.com. Apparently, if I had bought it through amazon.com they would've. But they said technically I bought it thru target.com and they couldn't give me the gift certificate. So onto talking to target.com.
So, I asked if they price matched. They did not EXCEPT they did price match themselves for 2 weeks after purchase. Score, right? Almost. The problem here is Target.Com took the 3rd generation iPod OFF their website. What does that mean? They don't have to price match since there is no price to match since it's an item they don't "sell". Ok, so WTF right? I can still just return it and buy it off amazon right? Sure, I could, except for the little 15% restocking fee. So it'll cost me $45 dollars to return the iPod. Nope, not worth it.
So there's my story. Target.Com is EVIL. :O