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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by oliversmall, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Jul 18, 2013 #61 of 1120
    raott

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    Nobody has used the word "entitled" other than those who seem to imply this affects everyone else, the thread was not going in that direction.

    Is Directv pulling acting "entitled" when they negotiate with suppliers and programmers and don't pay the initial asking price? Are they making all other companies suffer when they do that? Those are some of the claims I've seen in this thread.
     
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    Isnt there a free preview on this right now?
     
  3. Jul 18, 2013 #63 of 1120
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    So let me get this right, its okay that DirecTV gives you a discount because you work for them but if they chose to give me one you have a problem with it. Is the door on your house big enough to get that head through?
     
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  4. Jul 18, 2013 #64 of 1120
    peds48

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    is called a "benefit" same as I get medical, dental and so on. so is NOT a discount.
     
  5. Jul 18, 2013 #65 of 1120
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    Never said it would lower costs. It could/would keep them from going up as much possibly.
     
  6. Jul 18, 2013 #66 of 1120
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    I don't see a problem with someone trying to pay a lower price. I understand that there are other companies out there that really do not offer lower prices for their services but DirecTV does. The way you look at things, I should be mad that you don't offer to pay DirecTV full price for everything you have. To each their own.
     
  7. Jul 18, 2013 #67 of 1120
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    No, thats not what I am saying at all. I saying they budget for everything in the first place, and cost of discounts is part of that budget, just as acquisition costs for new subscribers is. If you think differnt you are very mistaken.

    And if they didn't have that cost to add in in the first place, it'd slow down rate increases.

    Companies very much set general profit goals as we all know, and how they budget their money and what goals they set are influenced by costs. And how they budget for things liek acquisitions is also influenced by what profits they set as goals. They can tweak both sides of the balance sheet to make it land where they want. to think they. Set ne side and then figure out the other without ever considering impact of the converse too is false.To then say that competitors prices are the only thing that affects what they set prices at and is the determining factor alone in how much profit they can make and has nothing to do with discount budgeting and ne customer aquisiont costs is very short sighted.

    Why do you think they focused on higher end customers and lower growth over the last few years. Escalating costs of discounts and new custimers aqustion spending and other things of that nature. Not because the competitors where lowering their prices and they needed to cut costs to stay competitive.nthey. Needed to cut costs to keep profit levels. They also needed to offset some discounting by increase fees. Hence, Whole Home Service fee, and advanced receiver fees that are much higher than just five years ago.
     
  8. Jul 18, 2013 #68 of 1120
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    Personally, I have no issue with people asking for discounts, its to late to go another route for DIRECTV, so everyone should. But some people get far to mad when they don't get massive discounts constantly every year. Those people annoy me and many others I think.

    I wish DIRECTV would replace random discounts with a proper loyalty system that earned people set discounts over set periods of time and money spent. Would make life so much better for everyone.
     
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  9. Jul 18, 2013 #69 of 1120
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    But even if I wanted to, I can't.
     
  10. Jul 18, 2013 #70 of 1120
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    Right on. Like a loyal DirecTV "card" like the reward zone program from best buy. you earn points based on how much you pay. seem fair to me
     
  11. Jul 18, 2013 #71 of 1120
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    Then everyone would get discounts at the same rates, and let them choose if its for programming costs, extra premium channels, new equipment, etc.
     
  12. Jul 18, 2013 #72 of 1120
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    Good lord, how about setting a reasonable price and none of this is an issue. I think it's clear to say that they over charge a bit. If directv is dumb enough to keep offering discounts then you can't blame people for taking them.

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  13. Jul 18, 2013 #73 of 1120
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    And as I have said before, there are some people who will demand them no matter what from now on even if they say no more discounts but we aren't going to raise prices either. There is no going back.
     
  14. Jul 18, 2013 #74 of 1120
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    Not if there isn't a cheaper alternative!

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    Right on! even if DirecTV charges $20.00 a month, the same folks will be calling for 50 cents discounts
     
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    but why DirecTV has to be the cheaper "alternative" because you like but dont want to pay for it......
     
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    Right, we've had people that claim they haggle at the grocery store.
     
  18. Jul 19, 2013 #78 of 1120
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    but why DirecTV has to be the cheaper "alternative" because you like but dont want to pay for it......


    So they can quit the discounts all together. Why do they keep prices up but continually give discounts?

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  19. Jul 19, 2013 #79 of 1120
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    if DirecTV is not the cheaper alternative then go with the competition. But wait, you like DirecTV but not paying for it....

    this is like me expecting to pay windows price on a Mac Pro Pro laptop, I love Apple but dont like their prices kind of thing.... right?
     
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    I could go for that. It was a joke last time. Who wants free Game Lounge? I know I don't.
     

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