Walmart has a fairly straight forward price-match policy. Essentially, when shopping in-store, they’ll match the online price of a select list of online retailers, including Amazon.com. But were you aware that most Walmart locations won’t accept a price match from an Amazon product labeled “Prime”? This is because Prime is considered a “club” that requires a membership fee. But never fear, I have a easy work-around that will allow you to keep your Prime membership and still get a Walmart price-match every single time. Keep reading for the juicy details…
The Walmart/Amazon Price Scenario
So here’s my shopping scenario: Recently, I was at my local Walmart purchasing a Sony Bluray player for $88, and like I always do, I pulled out my smartphone and used the Amazon app to check their price. Sure enough, Amazon had a lower price of $78.90 on the same player.
But when I approached a Walmart associate and showed her the lower price, she told me that because it was an “Amazon Prime” price, they would not match it because it was part of a “Club” that required a membership fee.
I then talked to an assistant manager and he told me the same exact thing. So I checked out the Walmart website and sure enough they don’t honor the “prices from auctions or (retailers) requiring memberships”. So I ended up just ordering the item from Amazon directly.
The Walmart Price-Match Workaround
But what happens if you need the item right away and Amazon has a lower price than Walmart? In other words, you want to take advantage of the lower Amazon price and immediately buy the item from your local Walmart. This is undoubtedly a scenario that you’ll eventually encounter.
Here’s what you gotta do: Simply use your smartphone’s web browser, do NOT login to your Amazon account, and pull up the product page directly from the Amazon website. By doing it this way, the product will NOT say “Prime” next to it. Also, you can sign-out of your account on the Amazon app and “Prime” will disappear from product pages.
Either way will work and Walmart will have no choice but to give you the lower price via a price-match.
Surprisingly, in many cases, the “non-Prime” price may actually be cheaper than the Prime price which is a double-win for shoppers. This is because Amazon has been known to bump-up Prime prices in an attempt to make up for the free 2-day shipping that comes with your $99 annual membership. This technique has been happening quite a bit recently, and I see it happening even more in the future as Prime continues to grow in popularity.
Ask the Reader: Have you been able to use this work-around to get Walmart to honor a cheaper Amazon price? If so, did it go smoothly? As usual, I look forward to your comments.
By Kyle James
Photo by Random Retail.