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Walmart Ad Match ending October 15, 2020

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Walmart Ad Match ending October 15, 2020

Today while at Walmart, I was told that Ad Match will be stopped across all Walmart Canada locations on Oct 15th. Can anyone confirm? No signs anywhere. This was a location in the GTA.
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It’s now confirmed Ad Match will be discontinued as of Oct 15th, 2020
IWannaWin wrote: I found a petition, not sure if it was posted here before:
https://www.change.org/p/horacio-barbei ... rice-match
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Wonder if it’s a long term policy ...
Or just anticipation of Covid 2.0

Lots of stuff like this was not available during Covid Round one

So wouldn’t surprise me if it’s just more of that coming down the pipe

I know the Public Health Authorities say we are just days / weeks away now from a Roll Back in status
My buddy the MD told me they expect to see Ontario Stage 3 set back to Stage 2 levels by early October

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavir ... -1.5105733
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I will say I haven't heard anything from my store yet. But I was told by my management that If Walmart does stop Price Matching, Loblaw (RCSS and No Frills) may be close behind. Apparently for the last year they've (Loblaw and Walmart) have been playing chicken with each other to see who will end it first and the potential backlash from it. If I hear anything from my end, I will update everyone here.
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johnb56789 wrote: I will say I haven't heard anything from my store yet. But I was told by my management that If Walmart does stop Price Matching, Loblaw (RCSS and No Frills) may be close behind. Apparently for the last year they've (Loblaw and Walmart) have been playing chicken with each other to see who will end it first and the potential backlash from it. If I hear anything from my end, I will update everyone here.
Thank you very much. Thought I would post since the cashier told me about the new policy while matching some items today.
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I really hope it is stopped (No offence to you OP).

Nothing worse than standing behind someone who suddenly pulls out a stack of flyers to price-match every item in their cart.

Good Riddance.

Give the business to the place that advertised the special instead! Stop inconveniencing everybody standing behind you...
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Maybe it's just me, but lately I'm finding Walmart's "everyday low prices" aren't as universally low as they once were. It's as if they're getting complacent.

Then there's really bizarre stuff I noticed while browsing the hardware aisles, like stocking a $718 ice fishing auger in a smaller-size Walmart store in Kitchener's Stanley Park Mall. Umm, huh?? Who'd ever plunk down >$800 after tax in any Walmart, let alone for something as specialized as an ice fishing auger, in suburban Kitchener of all places?! :rolleyes:
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When Walmart still had Scan n go kiosks in place the app would automatically PM everything that's on another major store's flyers. I think that was neat.
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dollarsign wrote: I really hope it is stopped (No offence to you OP).

Nothing worse than standing behind someone who suddenly pulls out a stack of flyers to price-match every item in their cart.

Good Riddance.

Give the business to the place that advertised the special instead! Stop inconveniencing everybody standing behind you...
Stack of flyers? When was the last time that happened?
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Apparently it's true. Ending October 15th. Stores are in the process of putting signs up over the next few weeks.
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hill15 wrote: Apparently it's true. Ending October 15th. Stores are in the process of putting signs up over the next few weeks.
Thanks for confirming. I just wasn’t sure, so thought I would reach out on rfd to see if others have heard anything.
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Found on my Instagram feed.

Such BS. If there's been only "minimal use of the Ad Match program", the delays at checkout cannot be impactful.

Walmart, just admit you're further maximizing profits during a pandemic.

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Well that is disappointing.

Walmart was our go to store for groceries. We did it every week and we would have no issue price matching. We always scanned all the PM items first and then have all the items in Reebees app ready to show and PM. Also they changed their system were if you PM more than 1 of the same item it would automatically PM all the same items.

Anyway. We also did a lot of grocery pickup and never had issues doing PM with our pickup after via online.

Also what we have been doing lately is doing our grocery order on wednesday to overlap 2 sales but pickup no thursday/friday. Walmart will always give you the lowest price regardless of when you order. So if the item is on sale this week but ending on thursday.. Just order it before and you will still get that low price.

Adding the occasional coupon of 20$ off $75 we have seen our grocery go from $100 to like 50$ when picked up because of the sales price of 2 sales.
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RCSS has that dumb rule where they don't pm "2 for $x", whereas Walmart does.
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I price match all the time, at both RCSS and Wal-Mart, and I assure you it doesn't add any time; but I go to the extra effort to make sure that it's easy and seamless for the cashier.

This is really unfortunate. It'll either make my once destination shopping trip now multiple destinations, or mean my grocery bill will increase.

I've actually noticed with RCSS in Ottawa that who the store price matches is dependent on the store. For example, Orleans doesn't price match FreshCo, but Westboro does, presumably because there isn't a FreshCo all that close to the Orleans location. We live smack dab in the middle of the two, but tend to frequent the Orleans store because it's newer and bigger with generally more selection.
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canaduh wrote: Maybe it's just me, but lately I'm finding Walmart's "everyday low prices" aren't as universally low as they once were. It's as if they're getting complacent.
They were never universally low, it was just a marketing gimmick (same with Home Depot). They are depending on you believing that shtick so you will do all your shopping there. Same with their suspension of flyer specials early on in the pandemic...stuff was flying off the shelves so there was no incentive to drop prices to bring customers in.
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People are already hoarding so why not maximize profits.
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That's terrible.

Walmart was my ONE STOP SHOP I just pulled out Flipp or a flyer app and did all my shopping there because Walmart would actually match the price of avocados, or cereal, or vegetables, ice cream, diapers, whatever!

This was one of the main reasons to go to walmart in that you'll get the lowest price. Horrible. KNowing we have no alternative this is clear profit taking. We have no recourse either. Other than to shop at Food Basics, No Frills or whatever.
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Unsurprising

The US division got rid of price matching about a year ago so it was only time before the Canadian division joined them. Plus I imagine price matching had a lot of issues with fraud.

Also INB4 Loblaw and FreshCo end their price matching. The Canadian market is all about seeing who will do the shit thing first then following the herd.

Doesn't matter much to me, I think I price matched maybe one item in the past year (bleach which wasn't at the store where it was on sale).
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m4gician wrote: That's terrible.

Walmart was my ONE STOP SHOP I just pulled out Flipp or a flyer app and did all my shopping there because Walmart would actually match the price of avocados, or cereal, or vegetables, ice cream, diapers, whatever!

This was one of the main reasons to go to walmart in that you'll get the lowest price. Horrible. KNowing we have no alternative this is clear profit taking. We have no recourse either. Other than to shop at Food Basics, No Frills or whatever.
Food Basics hasn't price matched in over 5 years so you'll have No Frills... for now.
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Boomer23 wrote: Thanks for confirming. I just wasn’t sure, so thought I would reach out on rfd to see if others have heard anything.
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