Walmart Price Match Ends

I have included a lot of great coupon links as well as money-saving ideas on my blog and I have always been a pretty thrifty shopper. I don’t know how I missed this one but wanted to share the story with you.

Last week I went in to Walmart to grocery shop. I found an item that I thought was priced high and I had seen it somewhere else a little bit cheaper. I went to the cashier to ask about what they needed for the price match and she stated that they do not do price matching anymore effective late 2016. She got her manager to come over and explain to me their policy. What I was told was that if I looked online at walmart.com and found it cheaper there, they would honor that but that was the only price match that they were allowed to do. I stated then why would I drive so many miles to go to walmart when I could just shop locally at Safeway? What was the incentive for me to continue to shop there? I went home and searched the internet on this and found the following announcement on this:

**     “From price-matching local and online competitor prices to its own “Savings Catcher” program, Walmart offers customers a variety of ways to save a few buck on their bill. But shoppers at some stores will soon have one fewer option for saving money, as the big box retailer is ditching in-store price matching at 500 locations, though the company currently refuses to say which stores are on that list.

Under the outgoing policy, Walmart allowed customers to bring in local competitors’ ads and if the prices were lower for a product, they would be able to purchase that item at the cheaper price.

Starting June 9 2016, a rep for Walmart stated that 500 stores will ditch that policy as a way to streamline and make saving easier for customers.

Since Walmart isn’t saying which stores — or even which regions — are affected by this policy change, the only way for customers to know if they can’t price-match is when they get to the store. The changes will be announced in-store with blue signs at registers, and managers will be on hand to assist customers.

In lieu of the Ad Match program, the 500 stores will offer new “significant, long-term” rollbacks on thousands of items that were commonly price-matched, including consumables, groceries, paper products, and other products.

Walmart says it sees the change as a way to make saving easier by getting everyday prices down.

The retailer says it will still allow customers to price-match if they see a product selling lower on Walmart.com. Additionally, they can continue using Walmart’s Savings Catcher program.

For now, Walmart doesn’t anticipate expanding the no-price-matching policy to stores outside of the undisclosed 500 locations.”  **

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So, how will this affect your decision to shop at Walmart? Will you shop elsewhere?

I look forward to your comments.

Have a blessed day!

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11 thoughts on “Walmart Price Match Ends

  1. I had heard about this at my Michigan stores…I certainly won’t be doing much shopping at Wal-Mart but that’s nothing new anymore

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    • I said the same thing! I asked them what incentive are you giving me to shop here now when I can go to a couple of other stores and get better prices?

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  2. I would like to see if they will still offer the savings catcher. The price matching at my local store ends July 17th so we shall see. Without the savings catcher, I will definitely shop there less often.

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  3. I will definitely be shopping at other stores that have the cheaper prices. I’m in a central area so going to a few different stores to get the best deal is easy peasy for me. Actually if it means spending less time in Walmart even better.

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  4. yep, target’s right across the street from my AWFUL walmart which fought tooth & nail NOT to honor anyway. Hope they file bankruptcy but know it’s a pipedream. Walmart REEKS. Oh and their produce is the WORST, overpriced & they simply do NOT care about the consumers. GO OUT of business already!!

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  5. Back to shopping other stores for their advertised lower prices, is this what Walmart wants? Will certainly make the other stores happy!!

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  6. I will probably shop much less at walmart. The convenience was I could get most of my shopping done in one store with price match therefore the long wait in line was worth it.

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  7. I am a csm at Walmart and I agree to stop price matching. We have many customers abuse this and trying to price match without an ad and some cashiers are doing the price match without an ad and price matching too low. Not all customers abuse this but it’s sad the few that do hurt the customers that really try to be fair.

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  8. I’m OK with it as long as they continue using the Saving’s Catcher program. You still get the discounts with that if something is cheaper somewhere else. It’s just not immediately at the register.

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  9. Walmart does not price match anymore, correct. But they have a very cool feature on their app where you can scan your receipt after shopping. It will search area stores near Walmart for similar products and give you money back if they find a cheaper price. I do this everytime I shop something then cash the money out at the end of the year for Christmas presents. Try it out! Its makes it a whole lot easier to get the cheapest price without having to do all the work! Great way to save.

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