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Walmart Price Matching to End May 15?

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Walmart Price Matching to End May 15?

I was at a Walmart in the USA recently and there a sign posted beside each self-serve cash: No price matching as of May 15.
According to the self-serve cash attendants, is was because on that date they will be discounting food that's bought on-line. So, hopefully, it's only on food, and more importantly, it will only take effect in the USA and not spread to Canada.
I PM a lot at WM, including food, motor oil, electronics.

I worry that as Walmart goes, so does the rest of the world, meaning that other stores will also stop PMs. Remember how Staples offered 50% off the difference in PMed prices? No more.
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Walmart has different policies for different regions, so extrapolating one store to another country seems a little tenuous.
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They can price match at self serve? Is that like giving your own price you want to pay? Or do they need to tie up the one attendant covering 6 machines because you should be in full serve?

Maybe OP you were misinterpreting the concept of price match in general as opposed for just self serve?
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Ottomaddox wrote: Walmart has different policies for different regions, so extrapolating one store to another country seems a little tenuous.
I heard a rumour though that there were changes planned for Canada around coupons and pricematching later 2017-2018.

Walmart's online prices are much higher on some basic stuff like sugar...if I can buy that at a non-jacked price with free shipping to home I'm ahead, so I am all for this change.

I think it is time they ditched all the manual routines and went fully digital. Amazon integrates manufacturer coupons online already for companies like Kellogg's and Proctor & Gamble. Walmart is late to the show.

Maybe they will integrate coupons into the purchase price like Costco does, and deny manufacturer coupons moving forward?

I'd love to see both couponing and pricematching die there. Then it would be a really good store.
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Stores used to bet on people laziness not to pricematch even if they advertise this option. With arrival of apps making the whole process more convenient and more appealing as food prices continue to outpace inflation I can see more stringing changes across the board.
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If Walmart Canada drops price matching groceries then they'll have to do something about their prices (especially flyer sales).

No Frills and Freshco undercut them with better flyer sales on a weekly basis.

Right now it's Loblaws/Sobey's style pricing with poorer quality produce.
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trystee wrote: WM USA stopped PM'ing at 500 stores in May 2016 and added another 300 stores in August 2016.

Source: https://consumerist.com/2016/08/10/walm ... al-stores/

It looks like they're continuing the trend.

I read that they are doing this to get people to use their app.

http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart- ... ing-2016-5
NG wrote: If Walmart Canada drops price matching groceries then they'll have to do something about their prices (especially flyer sales).

No Frills and Freshco undercut them with better flyer sales on a weekly basis.

Right now it's Loblaws/Sobey's style pricing with poorer quality produce.
My Walmart won't price match with no frills.
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xiaobao wrote: I read that they are doing this to get people to use their app.

http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart- ... ing-2016-5
Excellent point.

I have the WM US app with the Savings Catcher tool and love using it on trips down to the states.

As the article mentions, the use of the tool is smart for WM because it keeps lines moving and any savings that the tool catches goes onto a WM GC that makes the customer spend back with WM. Regular WM customers will like this as it saves them time scoping for deals and sometimes they get a PM that they may not have been aware of. Occasional WM customers would probably prefer regular PM'ing as they get the discount immediately.
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Can't wait. I hate waiting in line forever, because of people with 20 items, each in different flyer. You like the price at No Frills better? Go to No Frills! Let me pay for my stuff at WalMart, and don't block the cash register.
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Grocery shopping at walmart? I find walmart does not carry everything even in the supercentre. Grocery section is small and limited items and high prices.
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Tommy74 wrote: Can't wait. I hate waiting in line forever, because of people with 20 items, each in different flyer. You like the price at No Frills better? Go to No Frills! Let me pay for my stuff at WalMart, and don't block the cash register.
I have never seen anyone pricematch at Walmart...I think they are just really inefficient on their own. That's one of the reasons why I don't shop at Walmart very often, the checkout process usually leaves me in a bad mood.
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trystee wrote: Excellent point.

I have the WM US app with the Savings Catcher tool and love using it on trips down to the states.

As the article mentions, the use of the tool is smart for WM because it keeps lines moving and any savings that the tool catches goes onto a WM GC that makes the customer spend back with WM. Regular WM customers will like this as it saves them time scoping for deals and sometimes they get a PM that they may not have been aware of. Occasional WM customers would probably prefer regular PM'ing as they get the discount immediately.

I have an moto g4 plus, I tired to install the Walmart App but it said no compatible device found, is there some US restriction on the app? If so how did you get around it?
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Mars2012 wrote: I have never seen anyone pricematch at Walmart...I think they are just really inefficient on their own. That's one of the reasons why I don't shop at Walmart very often, the checkout process usually leaves me in a bad mood.
There's a few decent staff there, but there's enough extras from the walking dead working the tills to make me wonder if they are hiring -2 deviations on the IQ curve on purpose. I swear the last cashier's irregular blinking was some sort of code for 'please kill me'.
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xiaobao wrote: I have an moto g4 plus, I tired to install the Walmart App but it said no compatible device found, is there some US restriction on the app? If so how did you get around it?
I downloaded it when I was down there and believe you need to be located w/ your device in the US to get the app.

However, I have heard that using a VPN service/app may work to let Google Play think you're in the US.

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