Walmart now has an online price match policy in place where they’ll match the online price of 30 popular websites. Who knew? Certainly not me until I just recently stumbled across the page buried on their website talking about how it worked. And guess what, it’s pretty cool and the only big-brand store to offer an official online price-match policy (to my knowledge). Be sure to take advantage of it when you find a lower online price than Walmart.com. And yes, it absolutely will happen, especially if you’re consistently doing price comparisons when making significant online purchases. Here is how to get a Walmart online price match.
Which 30 Online Stores Does Walmart Price Match?
First of all, most shoppers are wondering which 30 online retailers Walmart will price match. Here they are, in alphabetical order: Academy.com, Amazon, Auto Zone, Babies R Us, Bass Pro Shops, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DollarGeneral, FamilyDollar, Home Depot, JCPenney, Kmart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Michaels, NewEgg.com, Office Depot, O’Reilly Auto, Pep Boys, Petco, PetSmart, Sears, Sports Authority, Staples, Target, TigerDirect.com, Toys R Us, and Walgreens.
How the Online Price-Match Works:
If you find a lower price at one of the above 30 stores, compared to what Walmart.com is selling the item for, you’ve hit pay-dirt. Here’s what you need to do:
- Before you place your order on Walmart.com, simply contact Walmart.com Customer Service or give them a jingle at 1-800-966-6546.
- Let them know about the cheaper price and they’ll independently verify the competitor’s price.
- Items must be identical and in-stock at the competitor’s website in order for this to work.
- Walmart limits the number of items you can price-match to one-per-customer, per item, per day.
- Items where a price-match is most common, and beneficial, include HDTV’s, laptop computers, gadgets, small kitchen appliances, and sporting goods.
- Also, Walmart.com will NOT price match items between Thanksgiving and Cyber-Monday.
Get an “In-Store” Online Price-Match Too
You can also get a price-match when shopping in-store at Walmart. If one of the above 30 online retailers has a cheaper price than the brick & mortar Walmart store in your town, just request the price match right at the register. Keep in mind that the store manager will have the final decision for matching an online price. I recommend showing evidence of the lower price directly on your smartphone to make the process as seamless as possible.
BONUS: Get a Walmart Price Adjustment
From the Walmart website, “If an item previously purchased from Walmart.com (not including items from a third-party seller on our site) is now listed at a lower price, and the item is within its eligible return window, contact Walmart.com Customer Care at 1.800.966.6546 to receive an adjustment for the price difference.” A total no-brainer, especially on significant purchases. So be sure to keep your receipts and check periodically check the Walmart site for a price-drop.
Interestingly, they don’t stipulate a time period to receive your price-adjustment. So I started a chat session with Walmart.com and the operator told me, that in most cases, you have 90 days to get a price adjustment if the Walmart.com price goes down. This 90 days can vary a little depending on the item, but he told me it coincides with Walmart’s 90 day return policy.
Ask the Reader: Have you gotten a Walmart price match before? If so, was it a painless process or more hassle than it’s worth.
By Kyle James