Originally Posted by Ichthyologuest
Just my 2 cents, after reading this thread, I just called and took advantage of their pricematch to get something that marinedepot had a little cheaper. It took a few minutes but everything went fine. Im glad that Big Al's has representatives on the forum like this, if they didn't i probably wouldn't have bothered to call for the pricematch.
That said, most of the time you dont need to bother with the pricematch because Al's seems to generally have the best deals.
That said there were a few annoying caveats. My price match included the shipping cost from marinedepot, and i couldn't apply any coupon codes to the price-matched item. Still worth it because i got an Eheim 2213 for $30 less than the next best reputable dealer.
When we price match we already take 5% off the competitors price, beyond that no discounts can apply.
Also, keep in mind many stores have low prices but high shipping rates or hidden fees. We will always take the bottom line at checkout, not just the face value listed on the website we are matching with. If your order total through us met Marine Depot's free shipping minimum order, the $6.99 shipping would not have applied to your price match.
Hopefully that helps clear things up for you