Could you believe the fact that Mac users might be paying more than PC users for airline tickets and more?
The UK government is making moves to outlaw practices like charging Apple Macbook users more based on the computer they’re using.
Paying more than other PC users for airline tickets? Is this any fare with the macbook users?
What do you need to know?
Some retailers are charging Mac users more than PC users, despite selling the same product to both.
UK rules could prevent such “big brother tactics.”
Buying airline tickets on a Mac?
You might find that the price is cheaper if you use a Windows PC instead, according to a new report.
And the UK government is working to bring in new rules to outlaw the “unfare tactics” used by retailers.
Exploitation of customers’ rights
The Government is to crack down on greedy online retailers that use Big Brother tactics to identify shoppers with expensive Apple computers so they can quote higher prices.
Officials are examining measures to halt the ‘exploitation’ of consumers by companies, including airlines. It is because they harvest computer data then use it to tailor prices for individual shoppers.
MD of Consumer Group Fairer Finance
James Daley, managing director of consumer group Fairer Finance, points out that it is “totally unacceptable to penalize people based on the type of computer they’re using.”
Daley suggests that companies are targeting Mac users because they “had the money to buy a more expensive computer.”
He's right, too, with Apple's M1 MacBook Air starting at $999. The suggestion is that those with more costly computers can afford, and are willing, to pay more.
Cookies on website
Retailers appear to be using cookies and other techniques to work out what computers people are using when doing their shopping, and then tailoring their prices accordingly.
- While the report doesn’t name specific companies, it does point to airlines as one industry that could be making use of such tactics.
Airlines and additional charges
- Airlines are also known for tacking additional charges onto flights.
- This is something that will also be outlawed in the UK should these plans move forward.
Information Source: The business hub
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