Going up to an associate and asking for a price match can be awkward, to say the least. It seems that only 10% of all store employees actually know their price matching policy to begin with, and they have to get a manager… do an override… so many people avoid doing it entirely just because it’s “too much hassle”, for them and the employee.
Look, we get it – it might take a little extra time in order to get that price. But that employee is going to be standing there making the same amount of money if you are asking for a price match or not, so as long as you’re not a jerk, you don’t have to feel awkward.
And you’re entitled to the price match. It’s literally that store’s policy!
Here are the top two box stores with the best price matching policy you’ll find, plus some notable mentions that can save you a bunch of money.
Good old Wally-World. In order to stay competitive in a market flooded with Targets and Amazon’s, Walmart has a pretty solid price match policy.
Walmart will match prices to identical items from 29 other retailers, including Amazon, Target, and Sears. The catch is that the item has to be exact – same make, model, and size. Often times Walmart is tricky and has products that are made just for them, like televisions or kitchen appliances.
Because you won’t find these exact models anywhere else, they don’t have to price match them.
You can also only technically get one price match per day on any given item – you can’t price match two boxes of Cheerios, but you can price match a box of Cheerios and a gallon of milk.
You must be able to show the ad with the lower price to a Walmart employee, and they have the right to double-check. Remember a few years back where people were forging online listings and walking out for game consoles for $100? Yeah, they tend to avoid that now.
It’s important to note, however, that Walmart does not match the price of their online store. Crazy, right? You can get around this by doing an “in-store pickup” from the website, paying the discount price and walking into the store to pick it up. Obviously, this is only available if the store itself carries that item.
Target’s price matching works similar to Walmart’s, in that you must show the cashier the ad for the lower priced item. They do have an amazing holiday price match policy that you can start taking advantage of very soon.
Beginning November 1 and lasting until December 24, if you purchase an item from Target and then find it somewhere else lower, you can bring that ad into Target with your receipt and get the difference.
So, if you buy… say, a specific type of Barbie at Target for $20 on November 15, and it goes on sale at Walmart on December 2 for $15, you can bring that ad and your receipt with you to Target to get that $5 back.
Have a manufacturer’s coupon for $5 off that Barbie? Get that $5 off, too, so a total of $10 goes back into your pocket.
The only exception to this sweet rule is the week of Black Friday, which makes sense. It’s still an amazing policy that too many people do not use!
Other Stores to Watch
If you’re shopping at more specific retailers, here are some of the better ones to choose from, when it comes to their price matching policy!
Best Buy will only match a handful of retailers, including Amazon, Dell, HP, Newegg, and B&H. They will also price match their own online store, which is unusual.
The best part of Best Buy’s price match policy, however, is that they will match a store within a 25-mile radius selling that same item. So while it isn’t their policy to price match Walmart, if there is one 3 miles down the road selling a tablet for $200, Best Buy will price match that exact model.
The only real catch with this one is that it has to be in stock at both locations!
Home Depot has a great price matching policy. Let’s say that they have a drill for $110, but Lowes has it on sale for $100.
If you bring the ad for the sale price to Home Depot and purchase that drill, they won’t just match the $100 price, they will knock 10% off your total price, bringing the drill to just $90.
Home Depot will also match almost any other retailer, except for “discount sites” and “third-party sellers”. Auctions don’t count, either.
But anyone that they consider a competitor? It’s fair game.
Lowes has a similar policy to Home Depot, but they take it one step further. Let’s say you buy that drill at Lowes for $110. 20 days later, you see that tool advertised at Home Depot for $100. Bring the ad and the receipt to your local Lowes and they will knock 10% off that price.
That’s $20 that goes right back into your pocket.
The same exceptions apply, as well – no matching discount stores, second-hand merchandise, etc.