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Walmart Ad Match ending October 15, 2020

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I liked Ad Match since I was able to avoid driving all over to get what I needed. It just helped saved time and money.
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Feb 7, 2017
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Quite frankly I don’t understand price matching on everyday buys...
Big stuff ... Cars, Appliances, Electronics, Patio Furniture ... sure

Groceries ... just track prices, and buy when things are at their lowest
Not when they are at their highest

Every store & every item you buy has a price cycle ...
Low / Sale ... and then Medium to High for regular pricing

Learn the range on each product, and the cycle ...
and doesn’t matter a whole lot where you shop

It’s the NON SALE Items that you buy in a grocery store that nickel & dime
Or DOLLAR YOU to death at the cash register

Just buy stuff on sale ... at its lowest point
And you’ll always come out ahead

Combine that with a Loyalty Rewards Program
Be it an Instore one ...
and / or a Credit Card one ...
and you’ll be spending the least amount possible on groceries

Money you can either use to buy better quality groceries
Or target for other expenses in your life where it’s harder to compete on pricing (like utilities )
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Mar 26, 2011
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You can't buy groceries weeks in advance and bulk up when they go on sale at your favourite store. When I get groceries or whatever item I need for that particular day or week, I always go to Walmart (assuming they carry it) and grab my phone to see if it's cheaper elsewhere and price match.

It's convenient, and saves you money.. No brainer.
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PointsHubby wrote: Quite frankly I don’t understand price matching on everyday buys...
Big stuff ... Cars, Appliances, Electronics, Patio Furniture ... sure

Groceries ... just track prices, and buy when things are at their lowest
Not when they are at their highest

Every store & every item you buy has a price cycle ...
Low / Sale ... and then Medium to High for regular pricing

Learn the range on each product, and the cycle ...
and doesn’t matter a whole lot where you shop

It’s the NON SALE Items that you buy in a grocery store that nickel & dime
Or DOLLAR YOU to death at the cash register

Just buy stuff on sale ... at its lowest point
And you’ll always come out ahead

Combine that with a Loyalty Rewards Program
Be it an Instore one ...
and / or a Credit Card one ...
and you’ll be spending the least amount possible on groceries

Money you can either use to buy better quality groceries
Or target for other expenses in your life where it’s harder to compete on pricing (like utilities )
mobifree wrote: You can't buy groceries weeks in advance and bulk up when they go on sale at your favourite store. When I get groceries or whatever item I need for that particular day or week, I always go to Walmart (assuming they carry it) and grab my phone to see if it's cheaper elsewhere and price match.

It's convenient, and saves you money.. No brainer.
You can only stock up on certain items. You can't use your method for perishables unless you want to go without them for a while. When I price match it's mostly for fruit and vegetables.
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mobifree wrote: You can't buy groceries weeks in advance and bulk up when they go on sale at your favourite store. When I get groceries or whatever item I need for that particular day or week, I always go to Walmart (assuming they carry it) and grab my phone to see if it's cheaper elsewhere and price match.

It's convenient, and saves you money.. No brainer.
tew wrote: You can only stock up on certain items. You can't use your method for perishables unless you want to go without them for a while. When I price match it's mostly for fruit and vegetables.
Fresh Fruits & Vegetables do present more of a challenge
But it’s still do able

First, buy seasonal as much as possible

Second...
Most people just don’t know how to store their fresh items to maximize freshness & longevity

People today waste far too much food ...
Due to lack of knowledge ... laziness & convenience

It’s truly shameful

* Personally ... I only buy fresh items every 2 or 3 weeks
And hearty winter fruits & veggies ... every 4 to 6 weeks
Proper prep & storage ... and that’s all I need
Example ... can even get tender lettuces to last that long c/o the use of paper towel
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Dec 3, 2017
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tew wrote: You can only stock up on certain items. You can't use your method for perishables unless you want to go without them for a while. When I price match it's mostly for fruit and vegetables.
I never buy fresh stuff at Walmart anymore because it always disappoints me.
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I avoid Walmart whenever possible, haven't been in one since the pandemic began. I'm going to go ahead and say they will lose the customers they had that where and will go to a place that matches.

Walmart knows people aren't going to go to multiple stores as many are afraid of contracting the virus and in many smaller cities WalMart is the go to for most.

As for them saying it wasn't used I would have to say that's made up to save face, while anacodal you hear about so many people price matching, well complaining about people price matching in various threads over time.
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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.

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:
You don't know how many Newfies reside in the area. Newfies absolutely need ice fishing augers, they all have shacks on a lake someplace.

Walmart never ever had the best prices. You always had to price match to get a deal comparable to the discount grocery stores. The advantage of Walmart is that after you've picked out your Maple Leaf bologna and dropped 20 cans of Vienna sausage in your cart, you can tool around and go check out the ice augers. Maybe not today, but soon.
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Nov 15, 2008
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I thought that Walmart was going to move everybody to club cards and have member pricing. PC Optimum is doing that with some products. Walmart is trying to run their club digital-only and too many of their customers at the bottom end that really care about prices do not have smartphones or they do not have data, and no one wants to start a shopping trip standing around logging onto the network. They need plastic cards and they are in denial (but I really do think we will see some kind of membership program roll in and not just the discontinuation of price matching).

If you want to price match a dozen items and do it through the human cashier it's just a few keystrokes now because they added a shortcut to apply the changes all at once to 12 things. People are trying to price match at the self checkouts and if you have a dozen of the same thing, the attendant has to click on each item and punch in the new price so it is ultimately something like 5 clicks plus the price entry so just < 10 clicks just to do 1 out of 12 items. It is hell. They could fix their IT or they could get rid of price matching and they decided to do the latter?

IT is not a strength for these guys. I have made a mint in discounts exploiting their online store. Their programmers don't nail things down very tightly and there have always been a lot of errors to leverage. It seems to me that they are the kind of guys that are trying to get a grip on things that they can control because they can't get their money-hemorrhaging IT to work properly. Everybody would be much happier if they just created some nice-paying IT jobs and fixed their IT. Also they can't have any of this American tech support bullshit because I am not going to spend 5 minutes on the phone fighting about what a "Zee" is just so someone can go on and totally fail to comprehend my problem because the error is coming from a Canadian system they aren't truly familiar with and customers they don't truly care about.

I found a reproducible error when they first introduced their marketplace where if you placed an order with items from both Walmart and a third-party seller, they would ship everything but only bill you for the Walmart portion. I called them and described the error and told them I would like to pay for the part that remained unpaid. They helpfully double-charged me for both the Walmart portion and the third-party seller portion. It took me 6 weeks and many many phone calls to the US to get them to reverse their brilliance. They denied there was an issue, they blew me off repeatedly. After that the bug still existed and I sure as hell didn't actively exploit it but when it happened in the normal course of my ordering I let it go because I am not going to spend a month and a half being punished for trying to do a good deed.

That is not my only Walmart IT story but we will leave it there for today, huh? These guys have to get a clue. Loblaws is going to roll them because Loblaws is doing everything right and Loblaws seems to be hiring people with a higher skill level for their IT and customer service Customer service is really the front-facing testing department where they take bug/incident reports and Walmart doesn't get that. Walmart gets an incident report and NO ONE in the entire company will let IT know that something occurred. They don't even document the interactions with their customers in the customer service centre properly.

Their eVoucher setup is ridiculous because you can't see the terms and conditions or expiries of any of the eVouchers. They sent me a new eVoucher by email recently and I kindof saved it but can't find it now and I'm not deeply concerned about that either. I have 5 eVouchers in my account for $20 off $75, 4 of them don't work because they are regional but I was able to add them to my account regardless and now can't delete them, one of them is the new one that should work but how am I going to tell them apart? Total trial and error and I can't see how many uses I have left unless I track it myself. Stellar, guys. Top notch work.

Amazon is selling all Walmart's highest volume items price-matched to Walmart and they will ship it to my house for free and I don't have to hit $50 or $75 to take advantage. The selection of sold by Amazon food and household items is really pathetic but it is just good enough to peel away customers.
Jr. Member
Feb 3, 2019
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GTA
Walmart is really playing hardball with both their suppliers and their customers.

Suppliers have higher fees than ever to sell in Walmart to help fund walmart.com and their store renovations. Customers can no longer price match.

I agree that Walmart doesn't necessarily have the best prices for produce, but it is convenient for one-stop shopping. Seeing as I will have to split up my shopping trips now to get the best prices for food, I will probably be dropping Walmart for any future purchases.
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Dec 27, 2011
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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.

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:
Uhh...seriously? Maybe not for an auger, but tons of people spend over $800 at Walmart...
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Aug 22, 2009
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Ottawa
Yep, it’s looking like the beginning of the end of price matching.

If Walmart, which is the number two grocer nationwide, is halting it, what’s the chance that Loblaw (numero uno) will do the same.

RIP. Time to take advantage of offers, and points to get to where you want, or go to 5 different stores to get all of the sale items.
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That’s what happens due to lack of any competition. I still vaguely recall that immediately after Zellers disappeared they made changes to their free shipping policy, requiring a minimum purchase to avail free shipping. Zellers, Target, Sears...to name a few.
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Feb 7, 2006
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That's too bad - although I rarely used it, I didn't notice any noticeable "delay" at the checkout line in most cases...cashiers were usually pretty quick (in my experience). Between this and the new supplier fees WMT has introduced, this company is getting exceptionally greedier and more ruthless by the day.
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Sep 17, 2020
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If it’s such a inconvenience, move to a different line , nowadays people have a app on their phone. Who entitled you to make people travel store to store for deals, when Walmart offers to the program to shop at their store and admatch. It doesn’t take hours to do the price match , only a few minutes
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Phone apps made it too easy to price match, too many are taking advantage now. Digital only flyers will also help cut costs.

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