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Amazon and the 3c (camel camel camel)

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:09 pm
by RuneTheChookcha
I am in the process of researching Amazon for laptops that sometimes "drop out" of their usual price range and start kind of a "free fall" -- when put on the novel "dynamic pricing" model -- until they are sold. These are usually new units that are 2 to 3 years old, and the stock is about to finish. Very rarely used laptops (sold by Amazon as a vendor).

The site is tracing the Amazon pricing history, based on the Amazon code.

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The above link I will embed below, using 600x400 resolution: ... =600&h=400


Re: Amazon and the 3c (camel camel camel)

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:14 pm
by RuneTheChookcha
The following brilliant NEW unit (Thinkpad T470p Core i7-7820HQ 16GB NVIDA Geforce 940MX, 512GB SSD, 2560x1440 res.) went about two weeks ago for $738.oo USD only. What a miracle:


Re: Amazon and the 3c (camel camel camel)

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:27 pm
by proger
nice, but what good does it gives you when you have to pay they importation taxes? will be almost or the same price as the national price

Re: Amazon and the 3c (camel camel camel)

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:35 pm
by RuneTheChookcha
I've been buying and selling used corporate laptops here in Valpo for a couple of years, and the most recent market hike locally (price rise about 2 to 3 times) makes the Amazon vs. local pricing at the moment very close. Sometimes, very rarely, I see offers that almost beat local ones, especially now, when Valpo is in "step 2" and the traffic from Santiago is limited. The following two weeks will have heightened demand because of the start of new school season.

However, this is an extremely difficult research. Of course, some of the IT recyclers in the US easily beat Amazon, with stock price falling below USD $300 for the 6th generation Intel CPU. But Amazon has a very attractive shipping fee plus fast customs clearing...

Re: Amazon and the 3c (camel camel camel)

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:04 am
by mem
Yeah I can attest to the same dynamic Rune. Often the local price of something is pretty darn near the Amazon price including shipping and taxes.

Sometimes the Amazon prices can beat the local price, becasue the local price has the same builtin cost of import that Amazon has but then they can add local margin markup.

Gotta take it case by case. If you are buying a GPU or Laptop or specialist tech hw. On getting a Ryzen couldnt even be had on Amazon at one point but it was selling locally at reasonable prices in Chile. Presumably it took a Chilean retailer a few months to import 50+ units. During that whole import process the units sold out in the US. But Chile gets an order for 50 and they sell them based in what they paid for them at time of purchase and not necessarily the high demand/scalp that affects US markets. Of course unitas will sell out in Chile in 24 hrs so you gotta have your finger on the pulse

Wheras with RTX 30x0's...Amazon can sometimes beat the local prices.

I recently bought a Lenovo ryzen based all in one from a Chilean retailer (for wife/kids) and while it was a pain to figure out how to retrofit the Spanish only Win10 single language edition to English. The machine is really nice, beautiful design, sensible thermal mechanics, very powerful.
So then my wife wanted to have the new one all to herself and get another for the kids.
Well if course what I had bought from a Chilean retailer was no longer available so I went to Amazon and found a similarly configured one and bought and imported it. This was more a wash in terms of net cost