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• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that Walmart has added its stores there to the list of those that are no longer offering in-store price matches.

According to the story, "The price-match policy was brought back by retailers like Walmart and Target in the recession to give consumers the impression of price sensitivity. Even if consumers don't ask for a price match, they feel a retailer is being fair by offering it.

"Walmart tried to simplify its price-match policy in 2011 by not requiring consumers to show proof of a competitor's ad. It also added a Savings Catcher app to automatically give the customer the lower price from a competitor."

However, the story notes, "only about 5 percent of consumers took advantage of matches" where they were offered.
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