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How My iPhone Saved Me Money on Shoes

Do you remember those reports last year of certain stores using a secret intranet that reflected different prices in the store, even though the real Internet site showed lower, "real" prices? I've always thought how great an iPhone would be in that situation. No quibbling about what's right and wrong, just the indisputable information, right in your hand.

Well, the other day, I got to take advantage of this! I had bought a pair of shoes last weekend for full price in a store that also has a website. The next day I showed one of my friends the shoes over iChat — to find that they were actually $20 cheaper online. Not one to let 20 bucks go to waste (that's like 12 cups of coffee!), I decided to take my shoes and my receipt to the store to see if I could get a price adjustment. To see how I got it with my iPhone, just

So I strolled in there, shoes and receipt in hand, and just in case — I had emailed myself the link to the shoes in case the lower price was questioned. And it was. "Yeah, they're still full price," the cashier said. "Sorry."

I remained calm and respectful, but said, "Oh, really? I just checked the website and they're a new price," and I showed him my phone. He checked out the screen, and once he looked it over, just said, "Ok, 20 bucks back on your card. . . ". I just smiled, but inside I was thinking, "Oh, snap!"

How awesome is that? SavvySugar will be so proud of me!

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mo_ri_ah mo_ri_ah 9 years
That's exactly why I love my iPhone! The other day I bought pet food at the pet store.. mid-way through the debit transaction, the machine shut down. I was reluctant to swipe my card again for fear that I had already been charged. So I looked up www.wamu.com and checked my bank statement.. no charge, so I swiped the card again. :)
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
urban outfitter's website often has better deals online than in the store. i never thought about going to the store to make sure things were the same price. thanks for the tip geeksugar!
McCubcakes McCubcakes 9 years
way to go!!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Watch out with target! On numerous occasions their registers did not ring up an in-store sale price. They were really nice about giving me the sale price upon double checking but when I asked when they were going to adjust the registers they said, "i don't know."
pickle pickle 9 years
I thought there was a big todo about this in the news and it was illegal under the whole "bait & switch" law? Hmmm, not cool. Good for you, Geeksugar. I wouldn't have been as polite. I had a similar incident regarding price adjustments at Target. I knew that they honored discounts if your item goes on sale within 2 weeks after purchase, but I hadn't done it in a while so I called their Customer Service to check if their policy had changed. The girl who answered said outright that they didn't do price adjustments but when I asked them the next time I went in, they were like "of course". You never know if you just catch a clueless salesperson or if the store is trying to screw you.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
This is why I hate Best Buy. They don't match their own online store price but they'll match some other store like Circuit City! How stupid is that? They also have that other secret site you mentioned with differrent prices. Rip Off!
famousmoviestar famousmoviestar 9 years
If only you could use your iphone to price check iphones..
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
Awesome!
silly_pickle silly_pickle 9 years
Ok, yet another reason I need an iphone. Just need to wait out my verizon contract! I learned something today too! Thanks geeksugar! I had no idea the online price would differ in store, I usually don't research before I shop, but now I will.
natali3nguyen natali3nguyen 9 years
oh my gosh. that's really awesome.
Tech Tech 9 years
Awww, thanks Performita--I love you too!
Performita Performita 9 years
I love you Geeksugar :) I really do!!!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I've used my iPhone to look up prices while I'm out to see if I can get a better deal online, but I've never thought to check the exact same store's website! I order online 90% of the time anyway, but like you said, sometimes you just see something you want. I have used my iPhone to show people websites before. I used it to show my veterinarian a product I had ordered to see if the ingredients were safe to use. It really comes in handy!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 9 years
this happened to me at circuit city and my iphone came in handy.
7bits 7bits 9 years
Dayam! lemmie photoshop some more stuff on sale and show to the cashier!
Tech Tech 9 years
Tidal, I was out on a leisurely weekend stroll and happened to see the cute shoes--I didn't go out shopping specifically looking for them, hence, no online research. I showed them to a friend online after I bought them, i.e., not checking to see the price. This is a big retailer (ok, it was Urban Outfitters :)), so I would think that the prices would normally match and was also super glad (and would expect) that they matched the website!
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
what store did you go to geek?
Zaianne Zaianne 9 years
Yeah that happened to me just right after Christmas. I wanted this cute pair of heels from Nine West and would have bought it in store if the store was still open when I saw it in the display window. Anyways I got home and checked it out online and saw it was on sale. I figured the one in the store would be on sale too, and I didn't feel like paying S/H chargers so I decided to wait and go to the store again next weekend. Low and behold...when I got to the store...the shoes were full price. I even asked the sales girl if it might have been a mistake, but she said no, it's not on sale. Walked out of the store, took my iphone looked up the nine west site again...made sure it was still on sale there...called up the nine west customer service line and told them the situation. It was awesome, the customer representative called up the store and told them to match the price for me. :-)
albeli albeli 9 years
Cool! Go, you!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I'm confused. You bought shoes in the store without looking for them cheaper online first. Then you went home, checked the site, and realized you got ripped off in the store. So you go back to the store and say "hey! your online price is [this] and i paid [this], I would like the online store price please."??? Waitaminute you can do this?!! I would have just returned them in the store and then bought them online. But I also would have checked the online price first :)
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I'm totally going to try this the next time I'm in doubt about a price.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
yet another reason to cop an iphone when the new version comes out!!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
those are really cute shoes. glad you told them whose boss!
robit robit 9 years
It's great that you got a discount, but unfortunately, not every retailer will price-match their website. It's always worth asking though!
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