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In this Post, we’ll be talking about 7 IMPORTANT Things To Know Before Buying A Cintiq Pro 16 On Amazon.
We’ll discuss topics like reduced pricing, free shipping, fake reviews, rating manipulation, bribery, & counterfeit products.
I was inspired to write this post after seeing a story on ABC about an iPhone exploding because of fake chargers sold on Amazon.
Apparently, the phones explode because scammers sell fake chargers that don’t come with the apple protective chip. This protective chip protects your charger from over surging.
So I wrote a post in an attempt to save you money & protect you from scammers.
1. Free & Fast Shipping
Most Wacom products sold by verified sellers on Amazon offer free shipping.
Unlike other sites whose free shipping can take weeks Amazon’s free shipping usually takes 5-7 business days.
If you’d like to learn more about Free shipping & verified sellers of the Cintiq Pro (all sizes) on Amazon, see the post below.
2. Price Fluctuation & Reduced Pricing
Amazon prices are usually lower than the competitor sites
because of an algorithm tactic they employ.
The algorithm allows Amazon to undercut competitors by charging slightly less for the same product.
Another result of they’re unique algorithm is their prices aren’t fixed.
Meaning that the price of the Cintiq Pro 16 can change multiple times in one day based on market variables.
In fact, some Wacom products reach %20 less than the retail price for a limited time.
The chart above shows the price fluctuation of the Cintiq Pro 24″.
If you look at the chart, you will notice it’s had 4 different prices from May 21s-Jun18 this year. The lowest being $2,089. ($400 less than retail)
Price fluxations can be difficult to gauge because Amazon is very secretive about their algorithm. But as soon as prices do change for the Cintiq Pro, I’ll be sure to write about it.
If you’re interested in reducing pricing, my post “Looking for a Cheap Wacom Cintiq Pro.” can help you find the best current deal.
3. Old SKU Models & Price Reductions
Old SKU is an acronym for Old Stock Keeping Unit. Products w/ an old SKU are the last items that didn’t sell from a previous shipment.
When Amazon restocks with newer models of that same product, they lower the price of every old SKU model.
This is because they are slightly older & have less value due to being somewhat aged.
Old SKU Models are a great way to get a new product for a reduced price.
4. They Offer Cheap Refurbished Products
I’ve never been a fan of used products unless I’m going to a thrift store, but…
if the idea of used tech doesn’t bother you, it is an excellent option to have if you’re on a tight budget. Especially considering it can knock off anywhere from $100-$400 off your total.
That’s right most the Amazon reviews have little to no value. In fact, you’re better off reading a review from a reviewer you trust than relying on an Amazon review.
There are two prominent reasons why the reviews have little to no value. The First being buyer ignorance, & the second digital scammers.
This is something I see a lot regarding the Cintiq Pro. People buy a luxury product for $700+ & expect it to perform miracles.
Only to buy it & find out it’s not compatible with their old computer. Or it lags because it’s connected to a slow their computer.
So basically people aren’t reading detailed reviews or product information before buying the Cintiq Pro.
If they did, they’d understand what they’re buying. I believe their disappointment is based on unrealistic expectations & not the product itself.
I cover more details about buyer ignorance leading to bad reviews in my post “Why You Can’t Trust Amazon Reviews.”
If you’d like to read my review of the Cintiq Pro 16″ see the link below.
This is one of the scariest things I learned from the Wall Street Journal.
Sellers on Amazon attempt to sabotage their competition by hiring 3rd parties to create bad reviews with bots.
This happens very often, in fact, many legitimate sellers lose money because of this.
If you’d like to learn more about the topic of fake/inaccurate reviews, I talk about it in detail in my post “Why You Can’t Trust Amazon Reviews.”
6. “Best Seller” Manipulation
You might’ve seen best seller products on Amazon before. They’re products that get moved to the top of the list based on sales & reviews.
Sketchy sellers will buy fake reviews & fake sales to earn their way to the best seller category. According to The Wall Street Journal, specialized websites can sell thousands of fake reviews to sketchy sellers, allowing them to easily climb to the ranks of the best seller category. They also utilize bribery to achieve the ranks of bestseller.
The best thing you can do to protect your self from buying fake or damaged products is to buy from Amazon sellers that are certified from Wacom. The best way to find out if Wacom vouches for a seller is to contact them directly.
Luckily I’ve taken the liberty of contacting Wacom & providing you with trustworthy links to Reductions, sales, & refurbished Cintiq Pro’s. Use the lipink buutton bellow to find out about the trusted sellers, sales, price reductions & more.
7. Beware Of Scammers
This is not super common but it does happen on Amazon. There are sellers selling knock-off versions of products. In fact, The Wall Street Journal’s Youtube channel covered this topic in detail.
So what’s the best way to avoid buying a fake Wacom product. Your best bet is to use a seller that is confirmed by Wacom. Luckily for you, I’ve taken the time to contact Wacom & gather a list of all the sellers that they verify.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Cintiq Pro from an actual Wacom Resseller click the pink button below. That link will take you to provide links to certified sellers as well as provide you with the best prices for new, used, & sale Cintiq Pros.
What You Should Do Know
If you were interested in purchasing your very own Cintiq Pro from a trusted seller on Amazon I cover how to do so in my post “Looking For A Cheap Wacom Cintiq Pro”
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