I live an hour away from a Microcenter and I'm trying to get Frys to price match the i5 2500k for $180. They told me that Microcenter goes through a third party while Frys goes through Intel. Is that right? I had just walked into Frys the other day and they handed me a piece of paper saying they would price match any online or in store offer. What they told me sounds bogus.
Intel sets the market price for it's products so that no seller can put another out of business with predatory pricing, and to ensure return for investment.
Both companies have great service, and compete with each other by offering "loss leaders", items on which they cut their profit in order to attract a customer who will buy associated items. I have not read Frys price match details, but I have never seen one that did not have so many requirements to meet, that getting them to honor it would have diminishing returns.
First off the price match is for a local competitor, AKA same town, not an hour away.
Secondly it says you need to buy from the "Local" competeitor and bring in the receipt to get your money.
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