Of Women’s Flannel, Plaid Tunics and Amazon’s Less than Prescient Price-Raising


Dec 10, 2019 · 6 min read
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Q: Thanks for meeting w/ me. What happened on your latest buyer’s journey?

A: I was trying to buy some dresses for Christmas, for my daughters, that were currently in style. So I don’t usually buy the current fashion trend for my kids but at Christmas and Easter, sometimes I make an exception.

Q: Okay. Sounds good.

A: At my dentist’s office and at my cycling class and when I drop off my high-school-aged daughter for her early morning class or rowing crew, I’ve seen and heard a lot about red, blue or teal flannel shirts with a plaid pattern, in a tunic style.

Q: Sounds great. Which online site did you buy them from?

A: Amazon.

Q: Why?

A: Well, I needed to buy matching ties for my sons to match my daughters and for my husband’s ourfit to match mine.

A: I also needed a stainless steel pitcher that could hold a volume of two liters.

Q: Ok. Why did you need that type of pitcher?

A: I have stainless steel pitchers but they are too small. I mean, they’re still a lot better than plastic pitchers that crack or stain in addition to BPA, and the terrible scent that the dishwasher emits when something plastic drops during the wash cycle ot the heating element.

Q: And I know you mentioned before the interview that you wanted to get a couple more kitchen items that were more easily cleaned?

A: I mean, other people in my family put all the bowls and glasses on the top rack so the plates on the bottom can get more thoroughly rinsed but that seems like a waste to me since the bottom rack isn’t totally full. I put the glasses and bowls on teh bottom and the top since the water spray jets go around everything on the bottom rack anyway.

Q: Okay. That makes sense. Some people share the things they’ve purchased socially, in real life and URL or online, on social media. Did you do that with the items you bought?

A: No. I don’t really do that very often but my Cycling class teacher did. She had a formal event that required formal attire and one of my friends in the class suggested a certain type of dress from a certain physical retailer in the area. After the instructor bought a beautiful gown from that retailer, she shared it and thanked my friend for recommending it.

Q: Do you think your Cycling class instructor would have shared a commission from that purchase with your friend who suggested it — if the option of sharing a commission at the point of purchase was possible or enabled?

A: Oh, I’m sure. It was a beautiful gown and she had a pressing timeline.

Q: Okay and did the plaid items you bought include a skirt or dress?

A: No but I bought those on Amazon as well. BUT it was frustrating a took me like hours — when my December schedule is already…challenging and full and overlapping and crazy. :)

Q: Why was it frustrating?

A: Amazon offers you a dress or a ksirt of one color and size, ususally the cheapest of all related skirts, or shirts, or ties. Then when you click on your desired color and size, the price goes up.

Q: How much does the price go up?

A: Sometimes more than $10 which doesnt soudn liek a lot but if you’re buying stuff on a budget, and the total price is like $27, adding another $10 is like incresing the price +30%.

Q: Okay. Thank you and I remember you mentioned in the past that you’ve had problems in the past ordering inexpensive dresses that may take a month to arrive, and be manufactured in China, where the average bust size doesn’t work for you. How did you avoid that for this purchase?

A: Well, it’s kind of getting late in December so I checked the delivery date first before analyzing each item of clothing further, liek was it the right size, color, delivery date.

Q: Okay. Great. Thanks. And why did you say you didn’t use something liek Etsy or Google Shopping? On Etsy, you can custom order what you need.

A: Yeah but Etsy has a price premium on custom orders. I used to sell stuff there and it’s not as awesome as it seems. And Google shopping doesn’t offer much liek in it’s own inventory. They offer what’s offered elsewhere. So you have to login to Google, then login to the retailer their metadata results take you to, then hope that retailer has PayPal set up or hope even more that it’s trustworhty to hold your creditcard or debitcard data plus your name and address. I didn’t ahve time for that since I had to search through Amazon’s results for hours, making sure I got buy in from my daughters.

Q: Okay. And why did you end up buying them online instead of in-person, like where your daughters could try them on?

A: I had been looking but I usually shop at the local thrift stores and they don’t usually have the newest, current fashion trend clothing lines.


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