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  • Mac and Android users charged more on shopping sites than iPhone and Windows users

    International Business Times - 11/12/2014

    Computer science researchers from Boston’s Northeastern University have proved that e-commerce sites are tracking the online shopping habits of people and will charge individuals different prices, depending on what type of device they are using to access a website.

    Previous research and media investigations since 2000 have found that Amazon and US retailer Staples had been charging users different prices for products due to estimations of their wealth and geographic location, a practice known as “price discrimination”.

    But it now seems that the problem could be more widespread across the global e-commerce industry than previously thought, which is interesting since mobile shopping is on the rise.

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