Walmart versus Walmart.com: Not Matching Prices?

Posted by Mrs Money on August 9th, 2008

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camera.jpgI am so bummed.  Tonight I went to my local Walmart to purchase a digital camera that I have been saving up for.  I decided to compare prices online, and Walmart had the lowest price of the four places I checked.  I was pretty excited because I have been wanting a new camera for months.  I was finally going to make the big move and actually purchase the camera.

Until I went in the store.  I asked an associate for help with a camera.  He said he’d help me if he could.  I told him that the price tag reflected a price of $20 more than the price listed online.  He then went on to tell me that they don’t honor the prices on their website.

Wait, what? You read that right.  The prices on their website are for purchasing from the website, and not from the store.  I feel that is so misleading.  Had I known that, I would have gone to a different store.  I’m sure they have a disclaimer on their website, but I didn’t think of looking.  I thought I’d save myself some time and money from driving all over town by checking prices online.  Too bad my plans got foiled.

I’m planning on heading over to Best Buy tomorrow to see if they are the same way.  The price listed on the website is a pretty good price and it has free shipping, so if they don’t honor the price in the store, I can always order it online.  Heck, I guess I also could wait and just order it online to save gas.   I think it’s odd that Walmart will match competitor’s prices, yet they won’t match their own on the internet.  Maybe I’ll print the Best Buy price and take it in.

I guess the lesson learned is: don’t always trust the internet.  Or just read the fine print. 

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4 Responses to “Walmart versus Walmart.com: Not Matching Prices?”


  1. Grant says:

    I know many electronics stores (Best Buy and Circuit City) have a price guarantee. You should be able to print out the price on Walmart.com and bring it in to Best Buy and get them to match the price. Who knows if they will actually do it though.

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  2. Mrs Money says:

    Grant- I think it’s crazy that Walmart doesn’t match their own website. Thanks for the tip! I’m going to support Circuit City or Best Buy in the future!

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  3. GCA says:

    They won’t match the online price either, it has to be a printed ad, from what I’ve read.

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