At Droidcon, beginning of this week, the main thing I learned was during a conversation in the hallway right at the end of the conference. According to the two guys I was talking with:
I'm sure they factor into the equation that the above perspectives aren't always correct. For example, an Android user might be wealthier than an iPhone user, but out of principles, e.g., related to open source for example, might base their decision on something other than wallet size, while simultaneously the iPhone user might be less wealthy while valuing the iPhone as a status symbol and might therefore pay more for a mobile device than wallet size would suggest. Etc.
Aside from the error factor at play, there's another way of looking at this scenario, assuming it is true—look at it as a progressive measure whereby the wealthy subsidize the purchases of those with thinner wallets. Again, though, factor in that not everyone fits the analysis and that you may not have been doing comparison-shopping when looking at competing sites for similar products.
And yet another way of looking at this is to see it as part of the larger trend of individualization, e.g., nowadays people don't watch TV but go to YouTube or other on-line channels for entertainment, choosing a highly individual entertainment track. However, here they have a choice. I don't like the idea of others choosing for me, e.g., deciding that I'm wealthier and thus offering me higher prices, without telling me about it.
Then again, all of this assumes that the two random guys in the hallway at Droidcon weren't talking rubbish. But, if it isn't happening already, it soon may be. Maybe a way around it all is to have different devices where you do different kinds of searches to confuse the analyzers. Or just go to the good 'ol travel agent and bookstore, instead of booking and buying on-line, if you can still find them, that is.