Funny Pricing on Kids Furniture

I was looking for childrens beds recently, and I stumbled across Children’s Bed World. They have a nice, database-driven site where they can automatically calculate your savings against recommended retail price (RRP). Unfortunately, their database records all the prices, including the ones they’re marking up.

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Here’s the “Verona” trundle bed or “guest bed” as they call it. The first thing that got my attention was the “save -11%” on the overview. Sure enough, when you click on it, you get a bigger view that makes it totally clear how much you’re NOT saving. Original page is here.

That’s not the only one like that. I went to “metal beds” and sorted them by price, highest to lowest. I found the “Amelia” bed frame was offering negative zero percent off. Huh? Yep, it appears the recommended retail price (RRP) is £149.95, but with them you pay only £149.99.

Negative zero percent, huh?

The code is obviously broken for displaying the discount. It is supposed to tell you you are saving -£0.04, but it prints it as pound, decimal, negative 4. That’s strange no matter how you look at it.

I could probably find more of these, but that was enough. Pretty amusing.