Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How To Find A Low Price Guarantee

After buying something, do you ever wonder if you could have gotten it for less?  I have, especially around holiday time when things tend to go on sale a week or so after Christmas and other major holidays.  I remember seeing an ad once where a kid bought something at an electronics retailer only to see it advertised for less by a competitor.  Somewhat timidly, the kid goes up to the customer service representative at the store and shows him the ad.  The rep proceeds to refund the difference.  "That's it?" the kid says.  "Yep."

These days, we don't have to research too hard to see if we have indeed received the best price.  There are several services available that will do the hunting for you and point you in the direction of the retailer's lowest price guarantee.  For air/hotel travel, I have been using Yapta, which is a site for tracking flights/hotels you already have purchased to see if they have gone up or down.  If the flight goes down, you can some times get a refund of the difference.  Orbitz offers this service, too, essentially automatically.  (But remember from previous postings, Orbitz is also going to charge you a fee to use them, so use them when it saves you money.)

But, for non-airline purchases, I came across a site called Pricepinx which allows you to set up price alerts and links you directly to the store's lowest price/match policy.  I haven't used them yet, but plan to soon, and if it does as it claims, it's definitely worth checking out.  It's free and you have nothing to lose.