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    huge phone pricing differences between retailers and verizon wireless

    Has anyone ever experienced a huge price difference between other retailers than actually purchasing from a verizon corporate store or through verizon wireless? I called yesterday with another issue and verizon offered me an early upgrade and talked me into the lg revolution. I was told the price would be 249.99 for a 2 year upgrade. I ask the man if that was the best rate at the going time and he said yes that is currently where they are at with that phone and he explained that everyone would be that price so I went ahead with the upgrade. Today I saw something online about target having the revolution for cheap so i went to their site and also wirefly and they both had a 2 year upgrade price of 99.99 for the same phone. Anyone know why there is such a huge price difference between verizon and wirefly/target on the same phone. I called in and ask a customer service rep and they had no idea or said they had no idea their is such a difference in price but that I could reject the fed ex shipment when it comes and everything would go back to original upgrade dates and i could call and order from wirefly if i chose to do it. Anyone else had this experience and has anyone else dealt with wirefly before? Would I be wiser to refuse the shipment and order from them in a few weeks when my original upgrade date was supposed to be? I remember seeing 50 dollar differences before between mall verizons and corporate verizon/online stores but never a $150 difference plus wirefly/target is giving $25 gift cards for android store with this phone so its more like $175 cost difference.

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    I bought my Droid Charge from Costco. It was 120 less then Verizon and still 70 less with my ne2.
    I called and asked if Verizon would match prices and the rep told me it was an awesome deal at Costco I should buy it there. I guess big red just cares about the service.

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    I noticed that as well. They are supposed to call me back tommorow and see if they can do anything about it but the one rep told me id be better off to go elsewhere. It seems really odd that even though they are already sending me the phone and all they dont want to match prices. Obviously these other reteailers must pay less for their phones than what they sell them for or something so surely verizon could match their prices and you would think it would be easier eliminating the retailer as the middleman.

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    Beware that a LOT of sites (even some stores) have their own contract that you are locked into with them, some even state you can't change your plan for 6 months and if you do, a 300.00+ charge will be taken from the card you used to purchase the phone with (usually online). Also, if you have any questions, don't expect the stores to give you any help if you did not buy it from the store. If need stuff transferred, don't even think about go to the store and thinking to have it done for free if you didn't get the phone from the store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by verizonil View Post
    I noticed that as well. They are supposed to call me back tommorow and see if they can do anything about it but the one rep told me id be better off to go elsewhere. It seems really odd that even though they are already sending me the phone and all they dont want to match prices. Obviously these other reteailers must pay less for their phones than what they sell them for or something so surely verizon could match their prices and you would think it would be easier eliminating the retailer as the middleman.
    Corp stores are not allowed to match prices. Prices are set company wide and by upper corp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verizonil View Post
    you would think it would be easier eliminating the retailer as the middleman.
    I agree 100%. I bought 5 phone back in 2008 from verizonwireless.com and paid a good amount of money. looking back I could probably get the same phone from a 3rd party retailer for at least half the price or maybe even free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damasterjj View Post
    I agree 100%. I bought 5 phone back in 2008 from verizonwireless.com and paid a good amount of money. looking back I could probably get the same phone from a 3rd party retailer for at least half the price or maybe even free.
    ... and sometimes, you get what you paid for. Sometimes service after the sale is lacking... and sometimes the private retailer charges you for making account changes. There are some rather respectable private retailers out there... No doubt about it. Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-respectable private retailers out there, too. The internet will help you research a particular retailer's reputation...

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    Wow amazon wireless charges ETF too on top of VZW ETF. I assume this applies to all 3rd retailer?


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    AmazonWireless Instant Discount Policy
    When you purchase your device with service from AmazonWireless.com, we automatically pass along an instant discount from the carrier to you. This discount has been provided to you based on your agreement to (a) activate a new, or extend an existing, line of service for this device with the carrier, and (b) maintain this service in good standing for a minimum of 181 consecutive days. If you do not activate or extend a line of service in connection with this device, or if your service is canceled/disconnected before 181 consecutive days, AmazonWireless.com will charge you $250 per device, plus applicable taxes.

    Verizon Wireless Early Termination Fee
    If you purchase a discounted phone with a two-year contract and then cancel after the 14-day return period, Verizon will charge a pro-rated Early Termination Fee based on your phone/device type.

    For Smartphones purchased after November 14, 2009, such as the Motorola DROID and BlackBerry Storm: Verizon charges $350 minus $10 for each full month of your Service Commitment that you complete.

    For a list of advanced devices subject to the $350 fee, check http://www.verizonwireless.com/advanceddevices

    For Standard Phones, such as the Motorola Barrage or Samsung Intensity: Verizon charges $175 minus $5 for each full month of your Service Commitment that you complete.

    NOTE: Once you fulfill your service contract, you'll automatically become a month-to-month customer.

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    The retailers get an additional commission from Verizon because you keep a data plan active for 6 months. Thus the lower price, but also the additional contract and fee if they don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CellKrazeDude View Post
    Corp stores are not allowed to match prices. Prices are set company wide and by upper corp.
    I call this comment false to an extent.

    I was torn between the Revolution and the Dinc2. Wirefly had them for $99/$0, resp. I was a bit iffy about ordering from them. Sams club had them for $99/$50.

    I asked our corporate rep if VZW could match that price for the Droid and if so I would order right then. I was told yes, so I got
    it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nikecar View Post
    I call this comment false to an extent.

    I was torn between the Revolution and the Dinc2. Wirefly had them for $99/$0, resp. I was a bit iffy about ordering from them. Sams club had them for $99/$50.

    I asked our corporate rep if VZW could match that price for the Droid and if so I would order right then. I was told yes, so I got
    it.


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    Corporate reps and corporate stores are not the same thing.

    Telesales can be flexible with prices. Personally I prefer to buy online or at a corporate store, but that's just me.

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    Go to best buy they have some of the best prices and are not overpaid like Corp. Store reps

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    Plus they will not slam you with overpriced Cases, car chargers and such. And best buy will not slam you with a bunch of features you don't want

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    Corporate stores do not have the flexibility on pricing as authorized resellers do. If a retail/corporate store sales rep discounts a phone they can be disciplined severely. Retail stores are NEVER supposed to discount phone prices without manager approval, which is rarely done. Authorized resellers give up part of their commission to be able to discount phones.

    Buying from a corporate store will avoid these additional contracts that do not allow changes in the plan/features. Some resellers can penalize you if you change your device within 6 months.
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    If 3rd party companies charged the same price as Verizon their wouldn't be an incentive to by from 3rd party places like Amazon. Cheaper phones is how 3rd party companies compete.

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