Amazon post order price guarantee reduced to 7 days [DETAILS]

Traditionally Amazon has offered a 30-day post order price guarantee:  if you order an item and Amazon lowers the price within 30 days, you could contact them to receive a refund of the price difference. They then stopped honoring the guarantee around September 1st 2008 only to reinstate it again at various times, the latest being early 2013*. One thing has been fairly consistent: the 30 day time period.

However, they have modified the program once again and it is now valid for only one week after delivery. Here is the initial email response that I received from Amazon:

A Message from Amazon Customer Service


We’ll refund the price difference if the price drop occurred within 7 days of the delivery date. Since your item was delivered 21 days ago, I’m not able to refund the price difference.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,

This ‘7 day’ rule was new to me, so I followed up and received this response:

Your Inquiry:


Thank you for writing back to us about Order#002-0662156-XXXXXXX

I understand your concern regarding the price change on the item “Olympus E-PL5 16MP Compact System Camera Kit“.

The post order price guarantee on our website is only valid for 7 days after the order has been delivered.

We are unable to honor the price change since its been 21 days after the order was delivered.

I’m so sorry, but we are unable to offer any additional insight or action on this matter.

You can always return the item for a full refund and place a new order for the same item at the lower price.

We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon.


Of course one week of price matching is better than none, but personally I am still a little disappointed that they have reduced the timeframe by 23 days (30 days vs 7 days). 🙁

Regardless, I do appreciate the innovations that Amazon has brought to online shopping and they generally seem to strive to satisfy their customers. 

*this history of the post order price guarantee is based on my personal correspondence with Amazon customer support as well as reports from commenters on my website.

Older links about the Amazon Post Order Price Guarantee and its history:

Is This True,

Is This True, “Amazon Ends Post-Order Price Guarantee?”! Amazon will no longer price match orders placed. Not even for the 30 days like before. From what I understand, there was never a “policy” that was listed on the page.…
Amazon Ends Post-Order Price Guarantee – Consumerist

Amazon Ends Post-Order Price Guarantee – Consumerist ended its post order price guarantee this Monday, according to an email a reader and deal forum members received from the online retailer.
Amazon Dropping Post-Order Price Guarantee Effective Sept 1st

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What is Amazon's Return Policy on price drops? -

What is Amazon’s Return Policy on price drops? – amazon.com chance deals for hardcore cheapskates. Catch ’em before they – you guessed it – sell out. Go to Sellout.Woot
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  • Shaun Shetty

    Enocuntered this same thing & their new policy sucks donkey ballz Pardon my french

    They should kick that sucker back into high gear and offer 30 days again or else somebody else is going to beat them to the punch

    Keep representin bro

    • Hi Shaun,
      Thank you for your comment.

      I too really miss the 30 day policy 🙁 Sometimes prices fluctuate drastically during any given month on Amazon. Here is hoping that Amazon decides to permanently bump it back up to a month 🙂

      However, I do still appreciate Amazon at least honoring the 7 day price match. 🙂

      Best regards,

  • Dan

    I was wondering, does this only apply to Amazon orders, where Amazon is the actual seller?
    Or does it apply to any seller?

    I bought from a seller named FSN. It says “fulfillment by Amazon” next to them. It also had free super saver shipping.

    Currently, the product is being offered for $10 cheaper, from another seller called “Simply 4 Less”, also fulfilled by Amazon.

    Do you think this is eligible for a price refund? Or would it have to be the same seller that lowered their price?

    And is any seller eligible, as long as it says “Fulfillment by Amazon” next to their name? Or is only Amazon as an actual seller eligible?

    I’ll shoot an email to CS right now and I guess I’ll see what happens.
    These are just some elaborate questions I havent really seen asked, or put into detail!

    • Hi Dan,
      Thank you for your comment.

      My guess is that is only available where Amazon is the actual seller.

      Did you ever get an answer from Amazon CS?

      Thanks and have a great weekend!


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