A regular GamePolitics reader (who has asked to remain anonymous) points out that something is a little screwy with Wal-Mart's prices listed in its ads and how they ring up at the cash register. His tale begins with this leaked Black Friday flyer at theblackfriday.com, which shows select video games with price points set at $10, $15,and $25. The actual print ad was much different: this screenshot from the Wal-Mart app shows the aforementioned price points to be a bit higher at $11, $18, and $39.
But the wackiness of Wal-Mart's Black Friday game sales doesn't end there. The anonymous reader explains what happened to him when he swiped his credit card to buy several games that were supposed to be on sale:
"I myself had gone there to get a $15 copy of Forza Horizon, but when I went to check out, I discovered it was being sold at the $39 price point," he tells us. " The cashier adjusted it to $18, but how many customers just blindly swiped their credit cards without taking not of items cost? I also saw the same pricing error occur when I bought Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (should have been $25, but it rang up at $39)."
"The Forza price discrepancy was the one that really got me since it was the 1 game I really wanted," the source added. "On the ads, Forza Horizon can be seen in the mid priced games (3rd game from the bottom) and should have rung up between $15 and $18 depending on which ad was being honored. So it seemed even more suspicious that it rang up at the highest price point. How many customers do you suppose just swiped their credit cards without scrutinizing the prices? I'd guess it's in the 10's of thousands."
While we are not sure if Wal-Mart deliberately leaked their Black Friday or not on the above-listed site, it's clear that if it isn't an official flyer then it's a clever reproduction. There's definitely a big discrepancy between that early ad and what was finally printed. Wal-Mart would likely argue that - assuming they claim the ad is real - that it was not the final circular and price would be subject to change. They might also mention that some of these sale prices are regional and vary according to where your zip code is. The biggest issue could be how these discounted games ring up and if any customers have been unknowingly charged a higher price than advertised. That could just be a fluke related to the store where it happened too, but at this point we're not sure if it is an isolated incident or not...
If you have had a similar experience at Wal-Mart or any other retailer, please sound off in the comments.