I received a link from a friend offering George Orwell’s 1984 for $1.99. When I visited the link, it was offered to me at $.057. When I signed in, the price jumped to $3.00. So I tried it again on a different laptop and got the same results. Then I tried it again on my iPad.

The above photo is a screenshot from my iPad Pro. I’m logged into Amazon.com with Chrome on the right ($3.00) and not logged in with Safari on the left ($0.57). At first glance, everything else seems to be the same.

It’s not expensive. That’s not the issue. How often does this individual pricing happened (answer is all the time) and what are the metrics that determine who gets preferential pricing? Who is paying more because Amazon figures they can afford to. That’s what I want to know.

What pricing do you get when you hit that link?

The irony that this is happening with George Orwell’s book about big brother is not lost on me.