Price-matching policies: What Walmart, Target, others will do if you find a better deal


When it comes to getting the best deals out there, if you don’t visit, you have to either know the art of haggling or do an inordinate amount of research on items for sale. That’s because price match guarantees are few and far between.

With some big shopping days coming up, there’s going to be an all-out retail war when it comes to pricing, so it’s important to remember that many retailers will honor your comparison shopping by price-matching the items that you want to buy — often even after the purchase.

In many cases, all you have to do is show the cashier the ad or online listing at the customer service desk and they will get the item price-adjusted or refunded for you. Sometimes they will even beat the price by as much at 10%!

Here are the retailers with price-match guarantees

Advance Auto Parts: The car parts store has the following policy: “Advance Auto Parts will match the price of any identical or comparable product available the same day at any competitor’s store or website. If we match an online competitor’s price, it must include the shipping charges in the price of the product. We’ll match pricing at any other local Advance Auto Parts store or”

Bed, Bath & Beyond: The retailer says it will price match if you find find a lower price on the same item somewhere else. “We would appreciate the opportunity to match the best price and keep your business. Just ask any associate in your local store or call 1-800-GO-BEYOND (800-462-3966).”‘

Best Buy: The electronics store says it simply won’t be beat on price. “We’ll match the product prices of key online and local competitors.” They will also match prices found on “If we lower our in-store or online price during the return and exchange period, we will match our lower price, upon request.”

Cabela’s: The outdoors outfitter says,”If you find a lower advertised price at a competitor’s local retail store with the same item in-stock, simply bring the competitor’s current ad to a participating Cabela’s retail store and Cabela’s will honour such ad prices on identical merchandise (brand and model) at time of sale or within 30 days of purchase.”

CVS: Need glasses or contact lenses from CVS? The store says “should you find a product we sell priced lower, simply e-mail or call our customer service experts … to have your order price matched! Or you can complete your order online and include the link to the lower price in the “Coupon Codes and Special Instructions” field during checkout.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: The athletics supply store says, excluding markdowns, as long as the item is identical and meets its eligibility requirements, “We won’t be beat by a qualifying retailer’s price offered in their store or on their website.” The price match is good for items found at this list of qualifying stores.

Home Depot: The nation’s largest home improvement store has this guarantee: “If you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailer, we will match the price and beat it by 10%. Just bring the ad, printout or photo with you to the register for validation.”


JCPenney: The popular retailer promises that “If you find a lower current advertised price on an identical item within 14 days after purchase at a competitor, just bring the ad to a JCPenney store and we’ll beat that price by 5%.” That includes in-store or online, but it excludes third-party sellers. For online purchases, call Customer Care at 1-800-322-1189. Some product areas are excluded, including Sephora, Salon, Optical, Portrait, In-Home Custom Window Treatments, or Services (including Flooring).

Kohl’s: The department store says that excluding promotional offers, it will match a competitor’s in-store price for an identical product sold at Kohl’s. “Just bring a copy of the competitor’s ad with the current date on it to your nearest Kohl’s Department Store (make sure the ad includes a description of the item and the competitor’s retail or sale price),” the retailer says.

Lowes: The home improvement store says: “If you find a lower price on an identical item at a local or online retail competitor (including shipping and delivery fees), just bring us the competitor’s current ad or show a printout, photo, smartphone display or app, and we’ll match their price.” The offer excludes installations, labor or sales.

Macy’s: The department store offers price adjustments within 10 days of your in-store or purchase. Refunds will be issued the same way you originally paid. Here is the price adjustment claim form.

Office Depot and Office Max: The stores says they will “gladly match the price” on new identical items sold in store and online at Staples and at the following retailers: Best Buy, Target, Walmart, plus copy and custom printing jobs from FedEx Office and the UPS Store.

Petco: The popular pet store says this: “If you find a lower price for an identical item at any competitor’s store, we’ll gladly match it. Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores will also match regular and sale prices (excluding Repeat Delivery pricing) found on However, they do not match the following online stores:,,,,,, and

PetSmart: Excluding clearance, special sales and BOGO offers, PetSmart says this:”If you find a product that’s in stock at a PetSmart store for a lower price at a competitor’s store (excluding competitors’ online sites and catalogs), PetSmart will match the price as long as the identical product is in stock at our store. Proof of the lower price (receipt, advertisement or other confirmation) is required.”

Sam’s Club: The wholesale retailer promises to match any price that you can find lower someplace else. “Simply e-mail or call our customer service experts at to have your order price matched! Or you can complete your order online and include the link to the lower price in the ‘Coupon Codes and Special Instructions’ field during checkout,” the store says. Price-match requests must be made within seven days of your online order.

Sears: The store says if you find a lower price on an identical brand and model number in a competitor’s store or on their website — including any costs for shipping and handling, but not delivery — Sears will match the price. “Just print the ordering page (including the costs for shipping and handling), and bring it to your Sears store at the time of your purchase. If you are purchasing the item from, please contact us via phone at 1-800-349-4358,” the retailer says.
For items found at Sears non-outlet stores or their websites, customers have up to 30 days to get the price matched. Exclusions include one-time-only events, special online sales and doorbusters.
Staples: The electronics store says for in-store purchases all you have to do is bring proof of the qualifying lower price to a Staples associate. For online purchases, save the URL and item number with the lower price and call 800-333-3330 to complete the process.

Target: This what the store’s price-matching policy says: “We’ll match the price if you buy a qualifying item at Target then find the identical item for less at, select online competitors, or in Target’s or competitor’s local print ad. Price matches may be requested at time of purchase or within 14 days after purchase. The full list of online competitors is available online or at Guest Services.”

Walmart: The nation’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer says, “If you find a lower price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we’ll match it.” If you’re shopping online and think you’ve seen a better price elsewhere, all you have to do is contact Customer Care before you place your order. They say they’ll verify the item’s eligibility. In-store prices, holiday discounts, damaged or refurbished items do not apply.


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