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Cookies and Shopping online

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Noyb, Jul 5, 2007.

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  1. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Just saw this interesting suggestion on TV.
    As pertaining to shopping online, such as trying to find the best price on a Camera you really want to get.

    Let’s say you find a really good price at Wally’s Camera site, but continue shopping/browsing
    Later, you decide to buy the Camera at Wally’s but find the price has gone up.

    They said this might be because you hadn’t cleaned your Cookies and Wally’s Camera site knew you were looking previously...
    So they increased the price … Just for you.

    Their suggestion was to clean your cookies, and go back to Wally’s site to get the original price.

    This has never happened to me because I clean my cookies with CCleaner every time I exit the net.
    And, My wife has her orders to punch her CCleaner icon several times a day.
    Our CCleaner’s are setup to Clean our cookies, except the ones we want to keep.

    Any Comments ???
     
  2. angelize56

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    Good afternoon Noyb! :) Then I wouldn't do business with them! ;)
     
  3. Noyb

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    I think I understand Cookies and data Mining/Profiling, But that didn’t sound right.
    But in today’s Scam world .. It could just be true.
    Scams are about the only thing made in the USA anymore.

    Reminds me of a couple Years ago …
    When my Farm Bureau home owner’s insurance when up well over 100%
    I called the Agent and raised thunder. After a couple of days, the price came down to something a lot more reasonable.

    Then, The wife and I went to the office.
    I asked the lady at the front desk .. “How Much”
    After some more conversation and another computer route I got a second price.
    Then the agent came out and gave me a third price.

    I looked him square in the eye and said ... I’ll pay her price “number 2”
    He stomped off rather irritated … He knows we don’t like him.
    This was good as I knew he really didn’t want to get my wife started.

    Sometimes .. It just pays to shop (y) ... With clean cookies :confused:
     
  4. hannab

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    oh :(

    I thought this thread was about cookies :( :p

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  5. Noyb

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    Cookie monsters :D
     

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    Cookie! :D
     

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    Kookie :)

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    I find it hard to believe that. Most cases the problem is that the cache has not been cleaned out so when you go back to a site, it will remember the page you had. Not because the site knew what item you were on and jack the price up.
     
  9. Noyb

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    "" I find it hard to believe that"" Me Too
    But if it remembered the site .. The price would be the same ?? .. right ??

    I think I understand Data mining and profiling using past cookies ...
    But I'd like to be able to duplicate this usage.
     
  10. Couriant

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    Remember: It's not cookies that remembers sites. Cookies remember stuff like your username and password. For example. When you log in TSG, does it ask you for your username and password? if not, then that means you allowed TSG to store a cookie on your machine to remember that info, so you will log in automatically when you come back.

    What stores web pages is the Temporary Internet Files. The only way that prices change is if the web page updates the TIF for that site, or the web pages auto refreshes the prices.

    Sometimes prices do go up. If you don't double check the price, the company may not be at fault.
     
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    It has to be rubbish, as your return meant you were a probable customer, all the effect of a "price increase" in that case would beto make you a probable non-customer.

    If they wanted to sell the item, that is the opposite of the behaviour they would want to encourage.

    I think a great deal of paranoia exists regarding cookies.
     
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    Agreed. It's probably that the person was looking at old data and when they went to purchase, it was more.

    It happens.
     
  13. Noyb

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    The wife and I thought this was on GMA ... I looked and couldn't find any such topic.
    It didn't catch my attention till half way thru the presentation ... But the lady sounded like a Teckie.

    In this world of Supply, Demand and Scams ... I can see someone raising the price for just you ...
    If they think you're hooked and they have a limited supply.

    If Wally's Camera went to the trouble of looking at your tacking cookies for this purpose ...
    I wouldn't think he was a reputable dealer ... as said previously.

    Anyway .. Just another good reason to clean your cookies .. especially if your shopping.
     
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    Don't forget high gas prices... seems to be a victim in everyone's problems ;)

    In fact it's one factor that will make milk be $5 a gallon :eek:
     
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    I see that this thread isn't targeting cookies per se, & hope I am not throwing the thread,
    but, taking the chance this is okay with you;

    I like some cookies, like this one & some other sites.
    Without weeding through each cookie and manually deleting 100's to save 5, is there an easier way to preserve only those you wish to keep forever?
     
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