Amazon Hiking Prices for Black Friday?

Hi fellow ozbargainers. I know ebay has a rep for price hiking before sales but didn't expect amazon too. Am i just mis-interprting what i see or has others seen the same?

My case is that i was interested in the Conputer Alliance Deal not too long ago - but not too interested to buy because of the ebay shipping. So i looked up Amazon for a 4tb WD red and it was selling for $141 a couple of days ago. (which sounds about right cause i got a 4tb red for around that price a year or so ago with cash).

So i still had that same amazon page open in a broswer tab and when i flicked to it today (3 days out from Black Friday)and now its gone up to $171.

Now I'm not sure what to beleive come Friday.

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    Couldn't find the exact model you're talking about, but use a tracker like camelcamelcamel to find out.

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    is the seller Amazon ?

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    Amazon price matches the competition. You might find the price drop was to match someone else for a day or 2


      Yes the seller was AmazonAU itself. I didnt know Amazon price matches.. and they junp back after a few days lol. I'll have to be more wary then.



        $140-$171… you sure that's not US$ on the Red Pro?


          Nope just normal. Im on the au website. Had a look at the keepa price trackers. $165 was the normal 30days ago but they don't update that regularly. Comp. All. is back to $169. This current price of $177 seems odd if you're trying to compete with the usual computer stores. Guess we'll know come Friday.

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    Not here to name and shame. Just wondering if it's something we all have to be wary of or not. I certainly wasn't expecting it from amazon but then as i said i could be wrong. Was the $141 a normal response to a competitors price drop (in this instance Computer Alliances eBay deal) and would have gone back up normally or would one interpret this as a response to the upcoming Black friday


    sellers on aliexpress do it, I wouldnt be surprised if sellers on amazon (let alone every online marketplace) do it too.
    edit: boxing day sales, outlets, all of them are guilty of this.

    The annual sales periods attract a lot of customers. Of course they will try to increase the price.
    You'll see this if you have items sitting in your cart for a long time, they may get the sale sticker but they've gone up in price.
    It's good you are aware, and as above, check the price trackers.


    It's a mixed bag. Amazon are always changing their prices.

    A salt grinder I was looking at has just gone down from $60 down to $17.50.

    Every other item I have 'saved for later' has not changed in price substantially in the last few days.


    So what's the consensus? If it drops still wait until Friday? Or buy it straight away in case it jumps up again?

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      (1) Check the historic Amazon prices of your item using:

      (2) Buy if the price is good.

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      Amazon doesnt price jack (yet) as far as im concerned. As others have already stated, they have wildly fluctuating prices which are sometimes caused by price-matching competitor prices.

      If you dont need it now, just wait for black friday/cyber monday/christmas. If the price jumps, buy it somewhere else cheaper.


    Please show us the screenshots from before and after.

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    Amazon systematically price matches major stores, and when those stores put price back up. So does Amazon


    Amazon does dynamic pricing


      Yeah, found out the hard way. Tried signing up for a Zip Pay this morning to try to snatch the Nintendo Switch deal but after 2hrs of unsuccessful attempts to get it linked to my Amazon Wallet (maybe i needed to link it when i pay instead of trying in my settings?) the price jacked back up. So now waiting for another ebay plus coupon glitch (missed that ppd13) glitch too by a couple of mins. At least the Zip pay should work on the games.


    Well, certainly this time the black friday deals are not as good as prime day ones

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