Asus Transformer: Marketing Scam?

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  1. dctab

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    A month ago Asus generated sell-out headlines by offering too few units at $399, with some outlets like Target offering an additional number at just $360. Two days after I ordered one at $360, Target cancelled my order without explanation. This evening Target grandly announced that I could re-order the Asus Transformer, but not at the previously discounted price of $360, and not even at the previous regular price of $399. No, I could place my order at the new and improved price of $449. Huh? What gives? Did Asus create an artificial shortgage just to pump up demand so they could raise prices? Neither Asus nor Target have engndered any good-will with me.

    Having already waited a month, I think I'll just wait a little longer and see what other tablets are heading our way. What are you going to do?
     
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    Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity and sloth. Welcome to the early adopters club. My 32GB Transformer and keyboard dock is my fourth cutting-edge Android tablet. In all cases I found a good place to pre-order at the standard, or slightly discounted, price with no shipping or sales tax and waited. In all cases I received my new toy in good order and have been enjoying them. Sure, I had one where the pre-order got canceled and lost a month's waiting in line. I cursed a lot and placed another pre-order. Be patient. :) Remember, they are not holding a gun to your head.

    Bye. :cool:
     
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    there have been rumours that pricing will be going up; so not surprised to see this..:(
     
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    I agree. I have been trying to find this thing, solely because it was $399 retail. At $450, it's got some company (Acer, Toshiba soon, one or two others...maybe even Amazon this fall).
     
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