Black Friday sales are more competitive than ever this year. Price matching has become standard at big box retailers to compete with others. Some stores, like Staples, Best Buy, and Target, are also matching prices with online retailers such as Amazon. With more and more big name retailers hopping on the price matching bandwagon, we want to help you decide which store will give you the best possible deal on the products you’re looking for.
Best Buy’s Low Price Guarantee applies both online and in store. In terms of online price matching, the product must be sold from a designated major online retailer. Some of these include:
*Best Buy is also competing online with fellow big box retailer websites including Target, Walmart, and Sears.
How to Request a Price Match from Best Buy
In Store: When requesting a price match on an item, you must see a Customer Specialist or visit the Customer Service desk. Be sure to have the competing retailer’s ad, or the exact website address displaying the lower price for EACH of the products you’re planning on purchasing. The price match guarantee is limited to one price match per identical item. A representative will then review the information provided and, in some cases, call the competing retailer to ensure the prices are accurate. When all the information is verified, your price match will be approved and the prices on your products will be changed.
Online: BestBuy.com price match requests are handled over the phone. You must call 1-888-BEST BUY (1-888-237-8289) for a price match request. You will tell the representative on the call about the lower price, which must be currently in effect, and the representative will review the information and either grant or deny the request. Requests will NOT be accepted via email. Taxes and shipping prices will still apply to the purchase after the price match.
Exclusions to Best Buy Price Match Guarantee
Contract mobile phones sold by any online retailer, the online prices of retailers not listed, the online prices of products shipped from or sold by third party vendors, post-purchase price match requests, Best Buy for Business™, offers that include financing, gift card offers, bundling of items, free items, pricing errors, mail-in offers, coupon offers, competitors’ service prices, items that are advertised as limited-quantity, out of stock, open-box, clearance, refurbished/used items, Deals of the Day, special Hour Sale Event items and credit card offers, BestBuy.com Clearance & More and Marketplace items, and all items for sale from Thanksgiving, November 28th, to Monday, December 2nd.
Read More: Best Buy Low Price Guarantee
Target Price Match Guarantee allows you to save on qualifying products within seven days of purchase. Target accepts price match requests within SEVEN DAYS of purchase when the identical item is found from the following sources:
- Target’s Weekly Ad
- A competitor’s local printed ad from the same week
Request your price match at Target’s Guest Services prior to your purchase with your original Target Store receipt and proof of the IDENTICAL product’s (Same brand name, size, color, weight, quantity, and model number) current lower price. Proof of the lower retail price can be shown on the competitor’s website or a physical copy of the print ad. Prices will then be validated by a Target Team member. Price match may be declined if the item is no longer in stock.
Target Price Match Exclusions:
- Alaska and Hawaii stores are excluded from online competitor price matching.
- Items originally purchased at Target.com.
- Prices from other Target stores.
- Online prices from competitors not listed above.
- “Member” prices, or prices that only display on a website after customer has logged in.
- Clearance, closeout, damaged, used, refurbished, or opened products.
- Prices only advertised as a percent or dollar amount off.
- Buy one, get one items.
- Items that require the competitor’s coupon.
- Competitor price matches on items where Target or a competitor is offering a gift card.
- Paid membership or loyalty programs.
- Mail-in offers or instant rebates.
- Offers that include financing.
- Bundled offers.
- Sales tax promotions.
- Products part of a movie or game reservation card promotion.
Target stores will not be matching prices on Black Friday Ads, items advertised as limited time/quantity offers, or ads with pricing or typographical errors. Other service exclusions include prices on Target Portrait Studio, Optical Center, or Health Clinic offers. When showing proof of online competitor prices, you may show the competitor’s website on your mobile device or a dated print out of the page. For printed ads, please show the entire original printed ad; photo copies, photos, or mobile versions will NOT be accepted as proof.
Read More: Target Price Match
Walmart is not new to price matching. Their exclusions are far less extensive than other retailers, and for that reason, Walmart is committed to helping you get the products you want for the lowest possible price. Walmart advertises that they will match any competitor’s advertised price and they do NOT require customers to have a physical copy of the competitor’s ad with them to honor the price match. The only stipulation is that the items purchased must be identical (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.) to the competitor’s ad.
Acceptable Price Matching Ads
- Buy one, get one free ads with a specified price.
- Competitors’ ads that feature the specific item with a specified price.
- Preferred shopping card prices for specific items in a printed ad.
- For fresh produce and meat items when the price is offered in the same unit of measurement.
Walmart Ad Match Exclusions
Walmart does not honor ads when the actual pricing of the items cannot be determined. Unlike previously mentioned retailers, they do NOT honor internet pricing. They also will not accept ads that have misprinted prices, or “going out of business” or closeout sales.
Read More: Walmart Ad Match Guarantee
Toys R Us and Babies R Us
Unlike some of the other retailers we’ve seen, Toys R Us and Babies R Us has a price match guarantee that is valid for in-store purchases only. In order to receive the price match, the items must be identical to the items advertised. If you are buying a larger quantity of the same item that qualifies for a price match, the discount will only be applied to two of the items. Customers must come with a physical copy of the competitor’s complete, original ad with valid dates. Mobile devices may be used to show the ad as long as they are shown from the competitor’s website or app to be verified. Prices will be matched after deducting any Toys R Us or Babies R Us coupons and/or other offers from the original in-store price. Toys R Us and Babies R Us will match online prices from the following retailers:
- Amazon.com (excluding marketplace pricing)
Toys R Us and Babies R Us Price Match Exclusions
- Advertisements (both online and print) for prices advertised for Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.
- Category-wide or storewide discounts.
- Buy one get one with purchase offers.
- Percentage (%) off discounts.
- Out-of-stock or limited quantity items.
- Doorbuster items.
- Coupons from other retailers.
- Ads with typographical or price errors.
- Online pricing that is limited to one day or less.
- “Marketplace” pricing (3rd party private sellers)
- Clearance, closeout, damaged, used, refurbished, or open products.
Staples’ Price Match Guarantee works similarly to other retailers; if you find a lower price on a new (unopened, unused) item, show your cashier the advertised lower price on either mobile device or original physical copy of competitor’s ad, and Staples will match the price. In order to match price, the item must be identical, including model number, components and U.S. warranty. The item must be in stock and available for purchase at that price from an authorized and verified U.S. reseller. For wireless phones and other items with a service plan, only in–store purchases are eligible for price match. The plan, provider and other terms must be the same. Staples also allows you to come back within 14 days of your original purchase (with receipt) and they will reimburse the difference if the item has since been reduced in price. Staples matches price with specific competitor retail centers as well as their online stores.
These competitors include:
- Best Buy
- Office Depot
- Office Max
- Sam’s Club
Staples Price Match Exclusions:
Staples does not match prices during their own or their competitors’ local special events, national promotions (Black Friday thru Cyber Monday), Marketplace or 3rd party merchants, or advertisements with typographical errors. Products and services purchased online at our Mobile Phone sales & service site are not eligible for price match. Staples may limit the quantity of the item eligible for price match if there is a limited quantity or stock.
Read more: Staples Price Match Guarantee
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