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Is this a common practice/scam....?

Yay!! Tomorrow we have a doctor appointment to have an ultrasound, and find out the sex of our baby. So I go to check the video camera, since I'd like to get video of it.... Grrr the camera is fragged, I forgot about it... I knew it was broken too. Doh... OK so I need to buy another small, inexpensive mini-DV cam, today. I'm going to want it around a lot when baby is born anyway, right... So I found a model that fit my budget ($700) and size needs. I wanted something almost palm sized but fairly high quality. I decided to try the Panasonic PV-GS150, from my research it seemed like a good thing to satisfy my needs. I would normally order it online and get a much better deal, but time was not on my side. So I checked BestBuy's website and they listed it for $629 and said it was in stock at the store closest to me. OK I figured I'll bite the bullet and pay the convenience cost of not waiting. When I got to the store the camera was marked at $664. I asked if I can get it at the same price it is listed at on their website. So the salesman told me if the website had it listed for $629 then they would give it to me for that price. Great... well it was until he goes to the same "public" URL I went to 20 minutes before and it was priced at $664. I was very confused, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt and thought maybe I was mistaken. However I didn't want to pay that price (it would have put me over my cap of $700 with tax), so I left. When I got home I checked the price again and it was $629.... I cleared my cache to make sure it was the most recent version of the page, and it was. So needing the camera I paid $629 for it online and checked pick up in store ( the same one that was saying the camera was $664). When I got to the store and picked up the camera, I asked the customer service person a few questions. â??Why was the price different, when I got to the store?â? I asked She said, â??Maybe it was a web only price.â? â??OK thats fineâ? I said. â??But why when your salesman went to the "bestbuy" website did it have a price different than the bestbuy website people outside this building see?â? She said â??I don't know why that would happenâ?. Then she added â??but I have had a lot of people ask me that recently...â? I commented, â??This seems like an unethical business practice, to show someone a website,representing it as the same one I could visit from home. Only to have it have completely different information.â? She shrugged her shoulders and said nothing to this comment. Knowing that there was no way she was going to admit this behavior I left the store. To me it seemed like the old bait and switch... am I wrong here? Did I take this the wrong way? or Did I stumble on that BestBuy's little sleezy secret?
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