Walmart Honors The Early Release Of An Upcoming Sale
I recently took advantage of what is similar to a mistake fare in the airline industry. Walmart had listed an item that was not supposed to be on sale yet. In a surprising turn of events Walmart honored their mistake. At least they honored it for some people…more on that later ;).
Last Tuesday I saw a post on Slick Deals that the PS4 1TB Spiderman bundle was listed on Walmart for $199.99. I passed it along to Shawn and PDX Deals Guy. We were not sure if this was a sale, a mistake, or what. Shawn had thought it might one of their upcoming holiday deals.
Because this was a great deal for reselling or to give as a gift during the holidays we all jumped on the opportunity. We figured there was a good chance that the orders would get cancelled but thought it was worth a try.
Shawn went really large, PDX went medium, and I ordered two :).
I am more of a niche reseller and I felt like I might slide under the radar if I went smaller. I was also the only one to choose in store pick up. My reasoning behind choosing in store pick up was that it may get filled early in the morning before they caught the error, if it was in fact an error.
As expected Shawn and PDX got their cancellation emails later that evening. I did not get one until Wednesday morning. What was weird was that my cancellation email was only for one of my two items.
I found it strange that they only canceled one and I began to get really hopeful that it was going to work out in my favor. On Thursday I received this email from Walmart:
Whoa! Was that the PlayStation PS4 1TB Spiderman for only $199? Well, the truth is we let this deal slip a little too soon.
Unfortunately, this item was not meant to be available to purchase and we are not ready to ship it out yet.
You might have heard that this item will be available in a few weeks. Since this was our error, we’re going to honor 1 unit per customer, and you can expect the item to be shipped on November 19. If you are interested in additional units, please keep an eye out for when it actually does become available to sell later in the season.
We’re sorry for the confusion on this one.
Walmart.com Customer Care
I was truly surprised by their response. Walmart gets a lot of flack for their customer service but I thought this was an amazing response. They went above and beyond in my opinion. Shawn and PDX had their entire order cancelled which I imagine is because of the large quantities ordered. The in store pick up may have also worked out in my favor but I doubt it.
Did anyone else take advantage of this deal and have a similar experience? Do you think Walmart did the right thing or did they go above and beyond?