Description: The the best way to fight companies who price based on your address is to request a quote for a service without disclosing your location.
It is well known that many different types of businesses such as insurance companies for example and grocery store chains curve their prices depending on the neighborhood. For example, in a recent Miami Herald editorial there was a piece about how the Town of Miami Lakes filed a petition with the state of Florida to have its dedicated zip code. While a lot of people don’t care about this or even understand what this means those who live in the city of Miami Lakes are likely to enjoy lower home insurance, renters insurance, and car insurance.
What I had not realized was that other industries were also participating in this practice. I remembered not even a year ago having my air-conditioners service by one of the top companies in Miami Gardens. One would think that AC repair in Miami Gardens be the same as everywhere else but is not. After moving to Miami Lakes to a house with the same size air conditioning unit, the same brand, and off about the same age my AC repair bill jumps almost 35%.
How do you figure that?
Well, the way I look at it is that since Miami Gardens, is a low-income predominant black city with a high crime rate, low rate home ownership, and a high unemployment rates companies who seek to do business in this area are giving residents a lower price. While, those who live in Miami Lakes for example, where the average home income is almost twice the national average and where homes are 5 to 10 times more expensive can pay substantially more.
There are many who are quick to point their fingers at the 1%, but the truth is that the more money you make, the more expensive life gets. A lot of people don’t realize that there is search rope price profiling going on. If you don’t, believe me, I challenge you to go to a supermarket, a gas station, or a convenience store at one of the better parts of your city and then drive across town to the less fortunate side and shop for the same items. Furthermore, I have a question for you why are all the super Walmarts built in low-income areas? While there are some people with money, who are cheap and would drive across town to a Super Walmart or Target.These retailers know that people are too lazy to do this on a regular basis. Large-scale retailers such as Walmart and Target understand that regular size stores, where prices are higher, will suffice the demand in many suburbs.
With all of that said, if you happen to live in a nice area but not doing as well as your neighbors consider withholding your address until you have received a quote. It doesn’t matter if you need AC repair services, a plumber, and or even a pool service provider. Given the information for the task that you require and worry about the address at a later time. For example, if you have an Amana air conditioning unit that needs service the best way to approach this would be, I have a 3 ton Amana air conditioning unit that needs service, what your cost to perform this task. This approach has proven to be the best way to get a fair and competitive price and an effective way to fight companies profile customers based on where they live.