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Internet Price Matching

Since the animal food/melamine fiasco about 2 years back, I’ve been giving my cat subcutaneous fluids prescribed by her veterinarian. I’ve recently had the idea to try to purchase the saline fluids online and found that they were WAY cheaper than the vet’s office. What I would have spent $43 on at the vet’s office, I would have been able to purchase online from an animal supply/pharmacy website for $8.88, plus free shipping with a coupon code. When I found that out, I jumped at the deal. The only catch was that the website had to contact the vet’s office to verify the presciption. I got a call from the vet’s office today stating that they would price match the online price if I would bring in a copy of the prices. Why don’t they just give you an honest price to begin with??? That was annoying. Anyways, I purchased from the vet’s office at the lower price, and I didn’t have to wait for the shipment to come in. They also said, they’d always price match supplies if I would just bring in a current print out of the price from online. It just makes me wonder… how many other things am I buying locally at an insanely overblown price that I might be able to get price matched with an online vendor? I know that some stores won’t even price match things that they sell on their own website for a lower price. They say that they need to pay for the shipping. One example is Walmart. Walmart will price match products that are advertised for lower prices in their competitor’s circulars, but they won’t price match their own website. What’s with that?

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