Lots of shops are offering consumers the ability to 'price match' stating that if customers come in to their store, claiming that they have seen a product cheaper elsewhere that they will effectively 'match' the price. Some shops even state that they will take 10% off their prices if you can find the product cheaper elsewhere. Whilst this is a great offer, it does come with a few hurdles to jump through. Here's some guidance:
Don't forget to read the T&C's
Check the small print
Firstly, the way price matching works, varies from store to store, so it's a good idea to check their small print (or T&C's) which can generally be found on their websites. From reading the small print, you are likely to find out if there are any catches, and what you, the consumer, need to do in order for a price match to occur.
How to match
Most stores will only price match against another physical shop where the item is in stock. So this prohibits online stores which traditional bricks and mortar shops often can't compete against. Furthermore, not only do you need to find a cheaper item in another shop, the store will typically have to verify the price and so will ask you the exact shop (e.g. location), of where the cheaper product is located. The shop where you getting the price match from will then ring the cheaper store to verify your facts. If the item is no longer in stock, then the price match won't happen. The store will want evidence that the item is actually on sale, in stock somewhere else. Sometimes a store will take an advert for the lower priced stock as evidence for the price match, but this varies dependent upon the policy of the store.
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Price Matching Deals
Here are a few stores who offer a price match with an added saving:
Jetstar promise to beat lower priced comparable flights by 10%.
Office Works claim to not only match a price of an item if you find it cheaper elsewhere, they'll beat the price by 5%.
Anaconda will beat any price matches by 5% on identical products that you've found cheaper in a different shop.
Toys R Us claim to match any advertised price for identical products.
Bunnings, offer a guarantee of beating the lowest price you find for an identical stocked item by 10%/