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Aug 12

How does Vann’s price matching work?

Vann's online electronics store DOES price match!

“Why yes. I AM saving money through Vann’s!” — This could be you!

Did you know Vann’s matches prices?

It’s true, your favorite online electronics store isn’t just interested in being “competitive.” We want to be the best authorized dealer around. And part of being the best is making sure that you’re always getting the best deal from us.

But, especially with an online electronics store, how do you take advantage of this offer? How can you make sure that you’re not only getting the best service, tax-free* shopping, free shipping on most orders, and the best price available?

Read on.

Authorized — it’s pretty important

There’s a lot of reasons why buying from an authorized dealer is important (not the least of which is that it’s less likely we’ll pack a bobcat into the box we send to you). It means we get our products from the vendor. It means that you get the full warranty from the manufacturer. It means that we’re an online store they trust to sell their stuff.

Like I said, pretty important.

It’s also important for us to make sure that the place you want to price match to is also an authorized dealer. It’s easy for anyone to say that they’ve got the best deal around, but sometimes sellers on the internet are less than scrupulous (I know you’re shocked by this, savvy consumer), and lie about that status. That opens you up to a host of problems outlined above, as well as a few others we may discuss in a later blog post.

Sales Tax — our hidden friend

Anyone who has ever paid sales tax knows this pain: you get to the checkout, only to learn that you now have to pay an extra bajillion dollars (figure only roughly estimated) on your brand new flat screen TV. Even though you saw a lower price, it turns out it’s more expensive than you thought.

To put it lightly: that sucks.

When Vann’s price matches, we take into account whether or not you’ll be charged sales tax at the end of the order process. Part of this is because (*other than in Kentucky, Indiana, and Nevada) we don’t charge sales tax when you purchase (and don’t worry K, I, and N-staters, we take that into account, too).

Once you factor that in, Vann’s may already be giving you a better deal. Cool!

Free Shipping on most orders over $49

Chances are, if you’ve shopped Vann’s you’ve seen that little line above. We like that. No shipping means no extra costs at the end of your purchase (which means fewer shocking moments, which means fewer gray hairs — and who doesn’t like fewer gray hairs?).

Unfortunately, while Vann’s has some pretty great and awesome powers, one that we don’t quite have yet is the ability to make shipping completely free. Instead, we include a low estimated shipping into the price itself when we can (again, to help you avoid gray hairs).

Other companies don’t do this, and may charge you shipping once you get to the end of the process. So we take that into account as well when we match prices for you — better deal means better price.

So how do I price match, already?

Okay, now for how you do it:

Call one of our product experts at 1-800-769-5668, and let them know:

  1. The product you’re interested in
  2. The site you’d like us to match to
  3. Where you’re calling from
  4. That you love the Vann’s blog (not actually required, but hey, why not?)

Once they know what you’re looking at, they’ll check things out to make sure that our price isn’t already the best price by looking at whether the site is an authorized dealer (and they can show you where they look, too), if the other site charges sales tax, and whether there’s any shipping involved on either side.

Finally, they’ll give you the best price around, and you can go back to your life assured in the knowledge that you’ve got something cool coming from the best online electronics store around.

Have any questions? Ask in the comments. I’ll be lurking and making sure one of our experts takes the time to give you an answer!

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