All About Walmart Price Matching
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All About Walmart Price Matching

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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As you probably already know, Walmart offers price matching, but understanding all the ins and outs and guarantees and limitations can be a little bit confusing at times. However, if you understand the policy it can really help you optimize your savings and get the lowest prices, always!

What is Walmart’s Price Matching Policy?

In their price match policy, Walmart states that they’re “committed to providing low prices every day. On everything. So if you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, tell us and we’ll match it. Right at the register.”

Walmart will match any local competitor’s advertised price, but does not require the customer to bring the ad with them to receive the price match. The item you wish to price match does, however, need to be identical to the one advertised in every aspect (brand, size, quantity, color, etcetera).

What Types of Ads Does Walmart Match?

Walmart advertises that they will gladly match prices for these types of ads:

  • BOGO (buy one, get one) ads with a specified price. For example, buy X for $3, get Y free.
  • Any competitors’ ad that features an identical item at a specified price.
  • Preferred shopping card prices for specific items that are in a printed ad.
  • Ads for fresh produce and meat products when the price is offered in the same unit type (for example, pound for pound).


What Types of Ads Does Walmart Not Match?

While Walmart is more than happy to honor price matches on all the previous ads, they do not offer price matching on these types of ads:

  • Items that require a separate purchase to get the ad price. For example, if the ad reads “Buy X, get Y for $1.”
  • Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get free product. For example, this type of ad might read “Buy X and Y, get Z free.”
  • Items that require a purchase to get a competitors’ gift card.
  • BOGO ads without a price listed. For example, the ad might read “Buy X, get Y free.” Notice there is no specified price. However, if the ad read “Buy X for $3, get Y free,” Walmart would be able to offer the price match.
  • Competitor’s going out of business or closeout prices.
  • Percentage off sales. For example, “25% off all Clorox products.”
  • Competitors’ private label price promotions. For example, Walmart would not price match a Target “Up & Up” private label promotion. Remember, the items you want price matched must be identical, and Walmart would not carry any competitor’s private label products.


Are There Any Other Limitations?

Yes, there are a few other limitations to Walmart’s price match policy. Other limitations include situations when the actual price for the items can’t be determined, internet prices, and misprinted ad prices of other retailers.

Understanding how to shop using price matching can help you save a lot of money, even without coupons! Happy price matching!

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