The day job has taken the GUARDIAN editor to Mexico, suck up smog, sun, and more images for the Photolibrary.
It isn’t as cheery as a couple years ago–economy is bad, swine flu scare lingers with hand washing fluid everywhere, heavy police presence, drugs.
As a result, you can get some pretty good hotel deals, but only on the internet.
We walked up to a hotel clerk who stated the room price is $200 per night. I told her I saw it on the internet for much less and the place is obviously slow. A born negotiator?
She politely sent me to their “business center” to book the room fro $80.
I walked back across the lobby, the same clerk checked me in at less than half the previous quoted rate and the hotel had to pay a commission to the internet (Travelocity, Expedia, etc.). This happens often and I don’t understand adding another layer of expense when the customer is standing at the counter–any counter–with cash in hand.
“Do-it-yourself” airline tickets I understand, but the general push toward internet sales is baffling when it often costs more in FREE SHIPPING, lower price, etc. than simply offering a good price to the customer standing with cash in hand.
Any of you marketing, sociology, and internet gurus got ideas?
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