Paul McAleer

Paul McAleer
stevenf: That’s Quite a Savings: I know this sort of thing happens all the time on Amazon, but I’ve never understood why. Theory: it’s a hack. When car rental companies are using ancient computer systems and want to make a car unavailable, and their systems can’t handle zero quantity (for whatever reason) they’ll jack up the price to something nonsensical. A while back The Daily WTF featured a rental car for $99,999.99. This is done to fall out of the range of “normal” prices and, thus, mark it as unavailable. (Oh, and this example applies too.) I could see other old fashioned systems doing the same thing, really, so if this night light was out of stock perhaps someone in some system in the bowels of some company upped the price to suggest its lack of availability. Or it’s just a very expensive night light.

stevenf:

That’s Quite a Savings:

I know this sort of thing happens all the time on Amazon, but I’ve never understood why.

Theory: it’s a hack.

When car rental companies are using ancient computer systems and want to make a car unavailable, and their systems can’t handle zero quantity (for whatever reason) they’ll jack up the price to something nonsensical. A while back The Daily WTF featured a rental car for $99,999.99. This is done to fall out of the range of “normal” prices and, thus, mark it as unavailable. (Oh, and this example applies too.)

I could see other old fashioned systems doing the same thing, really, so if this night light was out of stock perhaps someone in some system in the bowels of some company upped the price to suggest its lack of availability.

Or it’s just a very expensive night light.