Wal-Mart's recent $0.89 price increase on 3" Titanium toys is rather annoying. Taken singly, though, it is hardly worth the effort to recover that sub-dollar loss with a "price match" play. I got lucky at Wal-Mart recently and snagged two each of all five of Wave 16 plus two other pieces. Let's see: 12 x $0.89 = 10.68. I'll go for that.
I prepared by bringing a few receipts from Target and Toys'R'Us, and even some older Wal-Mart slips as well. I expected the encounter to be a breeze. Alas, not.
I was told that they would only price match against "in hand printed competitor advertisements". (No online ads. No photocopies.) I stood my ground, though, and claimed that nobody advertises these toys. And what about the Wal-Mart receipts? The representative claimed that the previous price of $4.99 was a promotional or sale price. I clearly explained: No, the $4.99 was the previous normal Wal-Mart price, and was the current normal price everywhere else.
In the end, the Wal-Mart chap relented and granted me the price match with the qualification that they have the right to refuse to price match future purchases. Lengthy and annoying process, but $10 in my pocket.
This got me to thinking, though. If I continue to buy Titanium's at Wal-Mart and decide to go for the price match gambit again... How can I stream line the process? Answer: Have some printed Titanium prices.
But does anybody print adverts for the small Star Wars Titaniums? I must admit that I haven't searched any recent Target or TRU flyers. If anybody does happen to notice printed Titanium prices, please chime in.
And then I remembered something today! After placing an order with the Hasbro Toy Shop, I received a couple of thin Hasbro toy catalogs in the mail. I distinctly recall that these had Titaniums in them. I don't recall if prices were printed though. And, I've long since discarded them. Does anybody have one? Were prices printed in there?
Lastly: Has anybody else battled Wal-Mart for their wayward $0.89? How did it go? (Or am I the cheapest skate on the boards?)