“An aggressive Wal-Mart Stores Inc. advertising campaign that claims better prices than specific, named competitors has rankled rivals, which have complained to attorneys general in more than half a dozen states,” Ann Zimmerman and Shelly Banjo report for The Wall Street Journal.

“Best Buy said some of Wal-Mart’s promotions, including a deal on the iPhone 5, had a measurable effect on its profits due to a price-match guarantee that requires the retailer to match the price of competitor’s ads,” Zimmerman and Banjo report. “Best Buy said it lost about $65,000 in profit the day Wal-Mart’s promotion first ran on Facebook, because it was compelled to match Wal-Mart’s advertised $150 price, even though it concluded that Wal-Mart didn’t actually have a sufficient number of iPhones available.”

Zimmerman and Banjo report, “[Walmart] said it shipped double the amount of iPhones during the promotion and that it was 98% in stock at stores that carried the devices. Wal-Mart declined to say how many iPhone 5s its stores carried during the promotion.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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