Customers trick Wal-Mart into selling PlayStation 4 at $90 instead of $400

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There have been numerous reports of customers exploiting a price-match policy at Wal-Mart in order to get PlayStation 4 consoles valued at $400 for as low as $90, and on Wednesday Wal-Mart reportedly modified their policy in response.

Posts on Reddit and Twitter (like the tweet below) showed several people displaying receipts that appeared to indicate they had purchased a PS4 for as low as $89.99 pre-tax by showing an online ad and getting the cashier to match the price.

CNBC reports the price match policy was announced November 13, but by Wednesday Wal-Mart representatives reportedly told CNBC they had modified the policy as a result of the fraud and that the updated policy doesn’t honor prices from marketplace vendors, third-party sellers or sites requiring memberships. Auctions are also mentioned as exempt. Click here to view the newly modified policy.

“We can’t tolerate fraud or attempts to trick our cashiers,” Wal-Mart said, in a statement to CNBC. “This kind of activity is unfair to the millions of customers who count on us every day for honest value.”

Other tweets indicated stores had caught on to the fraud.

7 comments

  • Mormanic Imam

    Wonder how long this scam was going on? If longer than a couple of days, one could of potentially flipped a bunch of PS4’s with this method, getting them at the ninety bucks, only to repost them on Amazon for $250 or more.

      • James

        How’s it dishonest ? Just because Walmart employs nothing but idiots and people saw a loophole in their system and made it work. They didn’t break the law or cheat, it’s a loophole that was completely legal. Bet Walmart watches the wording in the ads from now on, probably won’t let the in-bread cashiers write them for them…….lol people getting butt hurt over this need to remember walmart exploits all its employees, and intentionally goes after the little businesses in the area to force them out to monopolize the shopping in that are. So just shut up Bob, your line is backing up so get to checking out idiot.

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