I do feel that if they list it, should be at the higher end, not the low end the sellers are really not interested in selling it. You also bring up a very good point I agree 100% on, sites like MLS, Trulia and etc should note to the general public if a property is a Short Sale. As it stands today, they don't as they feel it is not fair to the seller. However, if a property is being listed for a price no one knows if the bank will allow, and could take 6 months to close, is this not good information for a potential buyer to know?
I think range marketing is nothing short of stepping in line where one doesn't belong. It, along with short sale prices that are unattainable and REO prices that cause a bidding war and end up selling well above asking ALL paint an inaccurate picture of the housing market. It's a cheap trick that stands in the way of honesty and integrity, not a technique to provide users with an added value. No honest Realtor should be using range pricing - it's a sloppy poor excuse for being priced right to begin with.