Agree so far with my limited experience. Having spent a considerable amount of time in mainland China I find the condescending attitude of a lot of locals towards mainland China highly questionable. I have had much better experience signing up with regular gyms in Shanghai and Beijing (I am not talking about those that cater to expats) and signing mobile phone contracts. I can walk into 10 different China Mobile shops in Shanghai and get the exact same quote, here you walk into 3Com and get a different heap of crap after another depending on which shop you go. HK retail dealings remind me much more of wild-west practices and thus the arrogant attitude towards mainland China looks to me to be quite out-of-place. I guess its the contradiction in how professional locals advertise their city to be and the true state of affairs.
But thanks for the heads up and for all who shared their experience. I appreciate it.
Last edited by ueber; 19-05-2014 at 04:45 PM.
Fair enough. If you do join Physical, expect to be regularly approached by incompetent personal trainers who will occasionally call you and your wife fat
I would not join Physical, my threshold for dealing with their sort of crap is too low.
Airlines sell the same seat at different prices, hotels price rooms differently, super markets price differently across locations...
Not just the gyms and not just HK specific.
Hold on, this is not a fair comparison. I am questing price discrimination on the basis of the person, you are talking about price discrimination based on time of booking and location. I would have never even posted if the time between my signup and her price inquiry was >= 6 months, or if they gave this as reason (no matter whether it be a lie or not). Their pricing may change, not an issue. And we are talking here about a 50% price increase. I hope we can agree that 2 people who inquire about the same airline seat at around the same time should not and generally are not quoted prices 50% apart.
You cannot believe what the sales person tried to explain the 50% price increase (she did not say how much more it would be when we inquired initially), among others (which unfortunately had me burst out in laughter):
- Without trial get same price, with trial -> 50% more expensive contract
- "You do not have 3 stars on your HK ID card so thats why its more expensive" (note: I have the exact same visa status as my wife, non-permanent resident status)
I wondered whether my laughing out loud pissed off the sales rep that she tries to now pay back or whether she is brainwashed in thinking she could have gotten us to sign up on the spot without trial, or whether she is plain stupid, or whether they try to steer people away from Elisabeth House because there are enough members signed up, I have no idea. But even though I disagree with price discrimination based on the person , I could understand it if there was a reason, but the reasons given were an insult even to a monkey's intelligence...
Last edited by ueber; 19-05-2014 at 04:57 PM.
Anyway, thanks everyone for chiming in.
>> I am questing price discrimination on the basis of the person
Yeah, I know you're not going to like the answer ... dynamic pricing exists across a lot of sectors.
Bottom line .. if they don't want your business, move on.
interesting read, thanks, I was aware of the fact that it exists and believe its rather rare even in the online sector. And I think here is the difference: Consumers cry foul in the US, Europe, Australia if something like this was unearthed. Here, people just move on and the practice continues or even expands because loyal customers would shun the place.
One gym (not naming names) in Hong Kong started as a female-only gym. It only accepted local women, as in ethnic Chinese. Being PR was not acceptable if you weren't Chinese. Not very PC here.