Coworker Val is getting ready to send her son Hans off to college. Any parent who has done that knows it comes with a hefty price tag that isn’t just for tuition and books. Necessities like lights and amenities like entertainment add to the tab.
Val shared a couple recent shopping experiences where comparing online and store prices proved valuable.
She had found a lamp for her son that OfficeMax was selling on its website for $21.99. If she had it shipped to her, there was a fee. But she could order it and pick it up at a store for no extra cost. When Val went to a local OfficeMax store to look for the lamp, she found it there for $25.99. The store matched the lower online price without making Val order the lamp on the Internet.
Val also had spotted a DVD player that Kmart was selling for $29.99 online and for $34.99 in a local store. The store wouldn’t match the online price. But Val did discover that if she wanted to, she could order the DVD online at the lower price and pick it up at the store at no extra cost.