This weekend’s Bottom Line column:
Bryan Wright isn’t a “showrooming” shopper who inspects a product at a local retailer before buying it for less from an unaffiliated online retailer.
Wright, a Tolland resident, spotted two of Lego’s Ninjago building sets at Walmart.com that he was ready to buy — the old-fashioned way.
“Both were on sale online,” says Wright, “and both were listed in stock. One would let me order site-to-store and the other . . . told me the product was available at the East Windsor Wal-Mart.”
When he arrived at the store, he found both games but different prices. Ninjago Temple of Light, he says, was about $47 online but $70 at the store. Ninjago Kai Fire Mech, meanwhile, was 30 percent less expensive online ($7) than in the store ($9.97).
“Seeing as their website sent me there,” says Wright, “I guessed that they’d price-match it.”
Except they didn’t. Wright says he was told Wal-Mart does not match online prices, even if those online prices are Walmart.com’s.