A Walmart PS4 trick has come to an angry end for some clever shoppers trying to take advantage of the store’s standard price match policy. While the system is intended to ensure Walmart offers competitive prices and demonstrates its value to customers, some shoppers were participating in what a spokesperson called “fraud” — abusing the system to buy Playstation 4 consoles for $90 and even lower. Now, Kit Guru News reveals this Thursday, November 20, 2014, that a representative has come forward to say the company has since altered the matching clause in order to stop some shoppers from cashing in on it wrongly.
It looks like regular Playstation 4s will need to be bought at normal rates this holiday season, as a Walmart PS4 trick has been exposed. Walmart made a formal statement to address its decision in changing its popular price match policy in light of the attempted fraud. Apparently, some smart customers managed to abuse the valuable system and wound up buying the normally expensive electronic console for prices within the $50 and $90 range.
How did these crafty shoppers pull off this so-called trick? It appears that a number of Amazon users managed to establish a personal selling account that was purely fake. However, the account looked real enough for the users to print the console price lists — which were naturally set up to be anywhere from $100 and less, far lower than the going rate for the PS4 gaming system — and then stride right into their local Walmart. Once there, they would cite the price match policy, which would induce Walmart employees to have to pay or “match” the low, bogus price for the item in question.
WQAD News says such deceitful tactics won’t work anymore, it seems. Since some understandably angry Walmart higher-ups became aware of this apparent scam, they are putting their foot down. Now, instead of shoppers being able to abuse the system, Walmart is altering their overall store policy regarding price matching. The press release added that fraud, especially, would not be tolerated.
“We launched online price matching because it’s the right thing for our customers,” a Walmart representative shared this week. “It’s making a meaningful difference for people who want to feel confident they’re getting the best price, and we’re committed to matching online prices going forward … At the same time, we can’t tolerate fraud or attempts to trick our cashiers.”
“This kind of activity is unfair to the millions of customers who count on us every day for honest value,” the spokesperson went on. “With this in mind, we’ve updated our policy to clarify that we will match prices from Walmart.com and 30 major online retailers, but we won’t honor prices from marketplace vendors, third-party sellers, auction sites, or sites requiring memberships.”
The Walmart PS4 trick might have enabled some shoppers to get away with a very low Playstation system, but other gamers may be out of luck if they attempt the same strategy. Essentially, Walmart will now only be accepting certain price matches from these specified or detailed online retailers — fake accounts won’t do — which is intended to stop the fraud and abuse. As time goes on, there always seems to be new rules concerning policies; but these rules are often instituted for an important reason, as they have likely been broken in the past.