There’s nothing like some good ol’ fashioned corporation scamming on the holidays. And as we inch closer to Black Friday, some particularly ambitious shoppers have convinced the mega-chain Walmart to sell them PlayStation 4s for as cheap as $US50 thanks to a simple new price-matching scam.
Don’t cry for Walmart though. Cry for price-matching. “We’re committed to providing low prices every day,” reads the Walmart website. “On everything. So if you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, tell us and we’ll match it. Right at the register.”
They’re probably going to tweak that policy soon. Last weekend, some lucky shoppers got their hands on $US60 Wii U and 3DS bundles by asking Walmart to price-match what turned out to be a glitch on Sears’ website. And now, more devious shoppers have come up with a different scam to get PS4s: fake Amazon listings.
It’s a simple process. First, someone sets up a bogus third-party retail listing on Amazon that will claim to sell PS4s for super-cheap, like, say, $US90:
“AmzonElectronics” is a nice touch. Though Amazon is quick to remove fake listings like that — and you’ll never get that $US90 PS4 from them — it’s still simple to snag a screenshot and bring it to one of the big box stores.
And that’s… pretty much it. Anyone can benefit from this scam simply by taking the Amazon listing to Walmart (or any other retailer that offers price-matching) and crossing their fingers.
While there’s a chance that more savvy retail employees won’t honour the deal, at least a few shoppers have successfully pulled this one off:
Isn’t human ingenuity such a wonderful thing? Too bad this blatant fraud will likely force companies like Walmart to change their price-matching plans to be worse for everyone. Sorry, guys!
(h/t Tom Scocca, Joe MacLeod)