Changes to Walmart Savings Catcher

Walmart Savings Catcher screenshot

This was sent to me by a friend that I like to call “WesMonster”. Check him out over at http://infosecwes.com  Thanks Wes!!! – Keith

So, for a few years now, I’ve been using the Walmart app to scan the bar code at the bottom of my Walmart receipts. The purpose is to record your purchases with Walmart and, for the 30 days following your purchase, any competitor in your area who offers the same product at a lower price would result in an automatic refund. That refund would be deposited into an account which you could convert to Walmart gift cards. On average, since I do (did?)most of my grocery shopping at Walmart, I’d average anywhere from $150.00 to$175.00 every six months in the account.

The beauty of this program is that it worked for big ticket items too! So, for Christmas a number of years back, I purchased an Xbox One for my kids BEFORE Black Friday. Lo-and-behold, on Black Friday I received a credit for $50.00! The even better part of that deal was I had used $150.00 Gift card from my Walmart Savings Catcher account to buy the Xbox One to begin with!

I’ve been a big believer in the Walmart savings catcher –until now. I went to my local Walmart to grab a few supplies for making the traditional baked holiday treats. On my way out of the store, I fired up my trusty Walmart App, scanned the receipt, and received the message (as seen above).

So, now you are required use the Savings Catcher app to pay for stuff to get the points. Not a big deal if you’re a user of other, similar deals like at Dunkin’ Donuts or McDonalds where you only get points by using the app to order. However, if you’re leery of vendors holding important account information, like your credit card or debit card number, this app may not be to your liking.

I must give Walmart kudos for how their POS operates,however. Instead of using near-field technology (like Apple Pay does), thei rapp requires you to scan a QR code off the terminal at the register to make the payment. So, it’s a little more secure as far as the transaction between your device and theirs. Also, Walmart doesn’t offer free WiFi in their stores, so you’ll be using this over your cell carrier, which makes the transmission of the transaction a little more secure.

In the end, I still have some credits on the Savings Catcher, so I setup the app to use the “Gift Card” to pay, bought another big-ticket Christmas gift (a Nintendo Switch – there’s a theme here 😊), and paid for the difference using the chip on my credit card. In ways, I hope there aren’t any deals in the next thirty days (Black Friday is nigh!) so that I don’t have to use the app again… Of course, it would be satisfying to get some money back, too!

(As an aside, I live in Illinois near Chicago. I have afriend who lives in southern Illinois. He and his wife religiously use theSavings Catcher app. He has reported that they are still able to scan their receiptswithout this warning. So, I suspect this is a regional matter, since theirWalmart apparently doesn’t have the terminals capable of showing the QR code.I’m sure it will reach them soon enough…)

-WesMonster

For more information or to sign up for the Walmart Savings Catcher, click here.

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