Walmart will be testing a big change to the way they operate, as early as June 9th. Yes, I said testing – and not at all stores either.
Walmart operates about 5,000 store across the nation, and of those, about 10% (500-ish stores) will stop price matching. Those that are stopping will have a blue sign posted near the registers letting you know as much. If you find a store with such a sign, be sure to send us a photo so we can add it to this post. Thanks in advance!
Will this roll out to all stores nation-wide? Possibly. But it could take a while.
Walmart has announced that with the ending of the price matching at those locations, wherever they may be, they will be rolling back thousands more products with deeper price cuts. Their philosophy is that if the prices are that much lower, we don’t need to price match. Hmmm, not sure how I feel about that.
Will they still price match online retailers? No. Nope, they won’t. Unless of course, you’re price matching to Walmart.com.
The bright side of all of this?
Not only is this not affecting the vast majority of the Walmart stores across the country, but they are still offering the Savings Catcher. While Savings Catcher does not apply to drug stores or produce or bakery items, it should still catch the items that are cheaper elsewhere and add it to your account.
What do you think? As with any big change to a big box store, it seems that they start at a test market and roll it out to the rest of their stores nation-wide. Time will tell and I will keep you posted!