“I tried ordering a Geforce 6800 GT graphics card. When I ordered it said in stock. They IMMEDIATLEY charge my credit card, which should not be done until an item is shipped.
I call to check on it later and talk to a grumpy and unfriendly sales rep who tells me that my item is out of stock. I cancel my order, however now outpost STILL has a hold on my credit card which means I can't use it to order the product somewhere else until they get around to taking the hold off.”
“I ordered a PNY Gefroce 6800 GT for 332$. At the time of my order it was IN STOCK. Later that day, they canceled my order, saying it was out of stock. The SAME DAY, when I inquire they tell me they have more in stock, but this shipment now costs 405$
“I placed an order for the PNY Geforce 6800GT on July 16 2004. The item was on pre-order which is fine. I found this deal on forums.anandtech.com in the hot deals section. Monday, there was a hold on my credit card and my order said it had been sent to a regional warehouse for shipping. Wed. that week others on the forum reported a shipping of their cards, people who had ordered AFTER I did. My order status has now changed to Status: We are waiting for additional information so we can process your Internet order. The pirce has now jumped to over 450$, which is a price raise of over 100$ past the original 337$
This company uses bait and switch tactics that should be illegal.
They contacted me about paying the new higher price, and I wrote them back. You see, they told me that the reason they had to raise the price is because the manufacturer raised prices on them. Well, I can get this card direct from the manufacturer for over 50$ LESS than provantage is charging. I asked them why they raised the price 50$ above the MSRP when I know that the price that resellers get this card for is 312$, consumers get if ro 399$ from the manufacturer, and provantage wants over 450$ for it, claiming that the manufacturer raised their prices.”