Sunday, October 20, 2013

Awesome Savings Using "Lowest Price Guarantees"

Yesterday, I wrote that I was in need of a new modem and that I'd try out LivingSocial's coupon code search for any deals at Best Buy.  After hunting, nothing turned up.  But, after using Shopzilla to compare prices, I did find that Amazon did have the same modem for $25 less.  Boom! Since I needed the modem right away, I went back to the Best Buy site and saw it had a "Lowest Price Guarantee" blurb next to the price.  I just had to make sure it was an "approved" competitor. In this case, Amazon was one of them.

Low prices guaranteed
After reading the fine print, I called up Best Buy and mentioned that I'd seen a lower price on Amazon for the same modem.  The rep looked it up and sure enough said that it qualified.  He tried to place an order for me, but since I wanted it yesterday, I asked if I could just show the ad at the store.  "Sure," he said.  So, I printed off the web page, went to Best Buy, found the modem, and showed the cashier the ad.  She looked over it carefully, meticulously comparing the specs, brand, etc. etc.  "Yep, that works."  Score!  She immediately took $25 off the price and I left the store a happy customer.

Best Buy is not the only retailer to offer this type of price protection,Walmart, Office Depot, Lowe's, Home Depot and others do, too.  Check before you buy.  Now, since those are larger retail outlets, your mom and pop store may not be as flexible with haggling.  If this fails, you can also try your credit card.  Visa, MasterCard, and American Express all have some sort of "low price protection" coverage.  You just have to remember to keep looking for the lower price after buying with sites such as Camel Camel Camel (no, I am not joking.)

Let me know if you have ever used a low price guarantee.