Oxygen Sensor Wrench Pricing

The price for this specialized wrench used to extract oxygen sensors took a big jump some timeĀ after I added a link to it:

Northern Tool Sensor Socket - Absurd Lowest Price

Northern Tool Sensor Socket – Absurd Lowest Price

Were it not for the very specific part number that’s certainly not available anywhere else, you could take advantage of their “Guaranteed Lowest Prices” to make a quick $494.

As my buddy dBm puts it: “Such a deal!”

  1. #1 by madbodger on 2014-02-10 - 10:52

    While I suspect it’s a different mechanism (“hey, someone’s pointing to this particular page, up the price!”), it reminds me of the tales of spamazon vendors ratcheting up a price inadvertently by basing their prices on each other, resulting in a feedback loop. http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=358

    • #2 by Red County Pete on 2014-02-10 - 11:07

      Looks like Northern fixed the price, now $4.99.

      Re: upping the price. I’ve run across a few book listings at rather absurd prices, like $154 (used) for a book currently available at $30. The last time I looked into it, the “vendor” didn’t actually stock the books, but had to buy them then resell. Nice racket if you can find enough morons-in-a-hurry.

      • #3 by Ed on 2014-02-10 - 11:25

        Looks like Northern fixed the price, now $4.99.

        Just a typo. Could happen to anyone. Yeahbut…

    • #4 by Ed on 2014-02-10 - 11:36

      That sort of thing happens on eBay… a lot!

      Wouldn’t it be nice if somebody invented a customer service feedback loop?

  2. #5 by Brent Crosby on 2014-02-10 - 11:55

    Some times the goods stuff costs more:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/coffee-39-4-hdmi-cable/1267764.p?id=1218245464814&skuId=1267764&st=1267764&cp=1&lp=1
    Check out the reviews. It’s worth it.

    • #6 by Ed on 2014-02-10 - 12:19

      Must. Control. Wallet. Of. Doom.

      • #7 by frenzie on 2014-02-11 - 17:08

        I thought the one available on Amazon for $500 or so was already the laughing stock of the entire Internet.

        • #8 by Ed on 2014-02-11 - 17:25

          I’m usually the last one to get the word, but in this case I actually had the link before it went up 20 dB. [sigh]