Sour Solutions 

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Over on the Freakonomics blog, Stephen Dubner noted that Amazon was selling the Caucasian version of a dollhouse for much more than the African-American version. As he notes, while this looks bad for Amazon, it’s ultimately caused by different sellers charging different prices (with Amazon selling one item themselves, and a third party supplying the other).

However, at least one seller is selling both items themselves, and charging far more for the white version. See them both below:

Sweet Solutions' white price

Sweet Solutions' black prices

That’s some shifty business, “Sweet Solutions”. Ultimately though, while automated pricing, multiple vendors, and guile are problematic, it seems the real problem might be having ethnically-specific toys at all. Green dolls seem like a much better idea.

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