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Price Matching With Retailers

Price matching between retailers is something a lot of people either don’t know about, or just get a little nervous / scared about doing. So, what is Price Matching? Basicall, price matching is the process that retailers take when competing with prices. So lets give an example, you find a Nintendo Wii in Gamestation for £199, but you notice that your local Blockbusters is selling exactly the same product for £170. As long as you can provide proof that Blockbuster are selling the console for £170, Gamestation will always try and match or BEAT that price – saving you more money.

This method doesn’t always work, but it has had a really good success rate for me over the years. What I sometimes do, is look for a price online for a product that I want, find the best price and print it out. Take that print out into a vendor and ask if they can beat that price, you never know you might just save a few quid!! Try it for yourself, I bet you’ll be surprised.

If you’re thinking of doing this, here’s a few tips:

  • Look happy. Using this method sometimes requires the retailer employee to be in a good mood. Make them feel good, and you are on your way to saving cash
  • Try to pick companies that appear to be competing with eachother, for e.g. Gamestation and CEX
  • Remember that Gamestation, Gameplay and GAME are the same company. This can sometimes work in your favour because it gives you an idea of how flexable they can be with prices between their brands
  • If you are providing print outs of prices online, try to pick the more ‘well known’ retailers. Don’t pick some silly price from a guy selling a product on eBay, because this probably won’t work and you wont end up saving any money

Anyway, I think that’s enough for now. Give price matching a try, we reckon you’ll be happy with the results!!!

Good luck :)

2 Comments For This ...

  1. [...] you, just make sure that you do your homework before purchasing. Check online, check instore, try price matching with vendors. Remember, spending a little time researching can save you some big money! Filed [...]

  2. Paul J says:

    Great tips! I use this method for anything from retailers and not just games. But these days I’m happy with the prices online. If I’m out and about though, this can save money for sure

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