The PlayStation 4 (also known as the PS4) looks set to be one of the hottest gifts this Christmas. While it is generally cheaper than its primary competitor, the Xbox One, it is still a long way from being cheap. Coming in normally at around $400 the device is out of the price range all of but the richest of households. That is, unless you devise a brilliant scheme to shave literally hundreds of dollars off the RPP.
Indeed a group of shoppers in the US have found a way to do just that. Their lucky break came when they noticed a special promotion being held by Walmart where they offered to match prices with products being sold online. The company stated:
"We're committed to providing low prices every day, on everything. So if you find a current lower online price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we'll match it."
With this in mind, several people began building their own (fake) Amazon Marketplace sites designed to look like legitimate sellers. These sites would then offer to sell the PS4 for a ludicrously low price, often sub $100. A printed out screenshot of the listing on this fake site would then be taken to a Walmart store, and used to convince the salesperson to match this low price.
Incredibly enough this scheme worked. Photos began to be spread on Twitter and other social media which showed receipts for very cheap PS4s sold by Walmart. The problem of course, is that while this scheme was rather cunning, it is also legally dubious. In the US the purchase could be considered fraudulent and should Walmart decide it is worth the legal cost, could move to prosecute people who used this method to buy the cheap PS4s. Knowing this, we sadly can’t recommend you try this at home.
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