Best Buy Tried To Overcharge Me For An On-Sale Gadget; I Regulated

Blake says he had to inform a Best Buy that the media player he wanted was on sale, and $30 cheaper than the sticker price offered at the store. He argued his case and to their credit, Best Buy staffers gave him the appropriate price.

He writes:

Not sure if you can use this or not, but I thought it was just one more reason why it’s so important to check prices before heading to the big box stores.

I had been tempted to get a Western Digital WD TV HD Live media player for awhile. While I do not normally shop at big box stores (I prefer online stores like Amazon and NewEgg much better,) I had a gift card I received over the holidays that I really wanted to use. I checked around online for pricing, found it was generally $120 and that was the price BestBuy advertised the product at. Once I got to the store I discovered the tag listed the price at $149.99 which surprised me quite a lot. At first I thought maybe it was some kind of higher end model, but after checking the model # I had written in my wallet I saw it was the same item.

To BestBuys credit as soon as I told the cashier that their website listed it at $120 the problem was fixed, for me at least. He just disappeared for a few minutes and then came back and made the correction without argument. I was happy I had looked on their website and felt really good about not getting ripped off for $30 dollars! Now I’m thinking about all the ‘window shoppers’ who just walk into that store and purchase the item because it looks cool are getting over charged. This also makes me wonder how many other products are being listed for more in-store. Simple mistake, or deliberate? Who knows!

Deal hunters, what do you do to make sure you’re not taken in by such a mishap?