The first time I tried, the international sales desk was closed. I duly came back later in the day and asked for the price of a 4-berth cabin from Copenhagen to Frankfurt and back in August. The conversation went something like this…:
Sales clerk: “I can’t tell you. I can’t, unless you want to buy the tickets. That’s the only way I can tell you how much it will be.”
Me: “But I spoke to a colleague of yours a few months ago and he told me a price of 4000 Danish crowns.”
SC (signing, and picking up a clipboard, which she scans): “It would be around 1200 crowns each.”
Me: “Is that for a cabin?”
SC: “That’s just for the basics. No add-ons!” she snapped.
Me: “So you can’t tell me the cost of a cabin?”
SC: “Not unless you buy the tickets.”
Me (shrugging): “Ok, I’ll buy the tickets.”
SC: “You can’t.”
Me: “I can’t?”
SC: “I am too busy right now,” she answered looking over my shoulder at the queue behind me.
Me: “But I waited for 15 minutes in the queue.”
SC: “I have to serve these people first.”
Me: “So even if you could tell me the price of the tickets, you wouldn’t sell them to me?”
SC: “That’s right.”
Me: “Wow. What a great system you have.”
SC: “I didn’t design it. Try our website dsb.dk”
I left. Subsequently bought my tickets on Deutsche Bahn‘s website. Denmark‘s dsb.dk had no online facility. It did, however, have the email address of their CEO Søren Eriksen. I sent him a mail about my experiences.
Strangely, no reply at the time of writing.