The Walmart Price Match Policy: How It’s Changed and How To Take Advantage

December 7, 2016 by Kyle
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(Updated 3/25/19) While Walmart does a great job promoting themselves as always having the lowest prices, it’s simply not always the case. Enter the Walmart price match policy. While their policy has changed in recent months, if you know what you’re doing, it still provides an excellent way to guarantee you always get the lowest price. Here’s exactly how the Walmart price match policy works, plus a clever workaround for all of your in-store purchases.

Walmart's Price Matching Policy: How It's Changed and How To Take Advantage

Walmart No Longer Allows “Local Competitor” Price Match

The good ol’ days of walking into Walmart with a print ad from Target, Sears, Office Depot, or any other local brick & mortar store, and requesting a price match, are long gone. Walmart axed this policy back in May of 2016.

Nowadays, the only traditional Walmart price match that they allow is with online retailers that have a lower current price than Walmart’s price. See list below of all the 28 online stores that they’ll price match.

See Also: The 19 Stores That Will Price Match Walmart’s Low Prices

“In-Store” Walmart Price Match Workaround

Walmart Savings Catcher

Just because Walmart stopped price matching local brick & mortar retailers, it doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck.

The absolute best workaround is to take advantage of Walmart’s Savings Catcher app. (Free for iOS, Android)

The Savings Catcher app allows you to scan your Walmart receipt and then goes out and tries to find a lower price at local top competitors. You have 7 days after your purchase to scan your receipt and let Walmart attempt to find a lower price.

So in essence, the app automatically finds any local competitors that’re offering a lower price on the stuff you recently bought. If Walmart finds a lower price (and they often d0), they’ll credit you the difference.

I’ve been using the Savings Catcher app for about a year and my account balance is already at $53.46. I can redeem for either a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or a Bluebird by American Express Card.

The Walamrt app is the absolute easiest way to get a Walmart price match.

Update: Walmart is closing down their Saving Catcher policy on May 14th, 2019.

See Also: Price-Match Policies: Which Retailers Make the Grade

Which Online Retailers Will Walmart Price Match?

Glad you asked. These are the only 28 online stores that Walmart will currently price match:

  • Academy.com
  • Amazon.com
  • AutoZone.com
  • Babiesrus.com
  • Basspro.com
  • BedBathandBeyond.com
  • Bestbuy.com
  • Cabelas.com
  • DicksSportingGoods.com
  • DollarGeneral.com
  • FamilyDollar.com
  • HomeDepot.com
  • JCPenney.com
  • Kmart.com
  • Kohls.com
  • Lowes.com
  • Michaels.com
  • Newegg.com
  • OfficeDepot.com
  • Oreillyauto.com
  • Pepboys.com
  • Petco.com
  • Petsmart.com
  • Sears.com
  • Staples.com
  • Target.com
  • Toysrus.com
  • Walgreens.com

They also had Sports Authority on their list but they’re no longer in business.

How Exactly Does Their Online Price Match Work?

If you find a lower price at one of the above listed websites, contact Walmart before you place your order and they’ll give you the lower price.

To make it happen, simply contact Walmart.com Customer Care or call them directly at 1.800.966.6546.

Walmart will then verify the item’s eligibility by reviewing the online retailer, their current price, and also make sure the item is in-stock at both Walmart.com and the competing website.

It should also be noted that you can only get one online price match per day, per item.

Be aware that Walmart.com has the final decision for matching any online price.

How To Get Price Protection from Walmart.com

If you buy something online from Walmart.com, and then notice that within 90 days the price on their site drops, you have options.

Walmart will give you price protection within 90 days of your purchase by contacting them here.

Exclusions: This online Walmart price match does NOT apply to Clearance, Special buy, Value of the Day or deep discounts like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

See Also: All the Stores that Offer Price Adjustments (32 Retailers and Counting)

Ask the Reader: Have you ever gotten a Walmart price match before? Was it an easy process or more effort than it was worth?


By Kyle James

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I went on my Walmart app to My Stores and found a tablet at one for $49 and it was $98 at the Walmart that was closer to me. I showed the lady at the register and the info on the tablet matched and everything and she argued with me and would not let me have it for $49!! Don’t they have to price match other Walmart stores that are local and if item is in stock?

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Longtime shopper

Very disappointed about the discontinuance of the in-store price matching policy. Not everyone has or uses their phone to shop. As a senior citizen it was very convenient to shop at one store while saving on my grocery budget. I know I’m in the minority here. I’m not foolish enough to boycott Walmart as I enjoy the store and products, just making comment.

Alice E.
Alice E.

I was told today (05/01/2018) that they no longer put your Savings Catcher Rewards on Bluebird..?!?! >:(

 
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