Holiday 2013 Store Price Matching Policies

Black Friday and the holidays are fast approaching and businesses are implementing price-match guarantees so that they don’t lose your business to other stores.  This “shopping season” is going to be cut-throat for retailers. From my past years experience with price-matching I HIGHLY recommend checking a store that isn’t advertising what you want on sale and having it price-matched so that you can get the item at the best price.  You have a better chance of finding the products in-stock at the retailer NOT advertising the sale.
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Best Buy

Low Price Guarantee

Online or In Store: Find a Lower Price and We’ll Match It.

If you find a lower price on a qualifying product at a local retail competitor’s store or shipped from and sold by a designated major online retailer, we will match the price. At the time of purchase, we will match the current pre-tax price for new, identical, immediately available products from a local retail competitor’s store or

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shipped from and sold by a designated major online retailers: Amazon.com, Apple.com, Bhphotovideo.com, Crutchfield.com, Dell.com, Frys.com, hhgregg.com, HP.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Newegg.com, OfficeDepot.com, OfficeMax.com, Rakuten.com Shopping, Sears.com, Staples.com, Target.com, TigerDirect.com and Walmart.com. We will match prices between our stores and BestBuy.com®. We will also match prices post purchase if we lower our price within 15 days of your purchase.

The Guarantee is limited to one price match per identical item, per guest and does not apply to: 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 (Marketplace vendors) on designated major online retailers websites, post purchase price match requests to competitor’s prices, 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, our and our competitor’s Deal of the Day, daily deals, special hour sale event items and credit card offers, BestBuy.com Clearance & More and Marketplace items, and items for sale Thanksgiving Day through 11:59 p.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Target

Price Match Guarantee

If you buy a qualifying item at a Target store then find the identical item for less in the following week’s Target weekly ad or within seven days at Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, ToysRUs.com, BabiesRUs.com or in a competitor’s local printed ad, we’ll match the price. Price match may be requested at Guest Services prior to your purchase with proof of current lower price or by bringing in your original Target store receipt and proof of the current lower price.

Price Match Guarantee: the details

  • The item must be the identical item, brand name, size, weight, color, quantity and model number.
  • Limit of one competitor online price match per identical item, per guest.
  • Price must be valid at the time the price match is requested.
  • Retail price must be shown on the website or print ad. Online prices will be validated by a Target team member.
  • Competitor online items must be in stock at the time a price match is requested.
  • Competitor catalogs can be matched as long as the catalog displays a current date, retail price and meets all other competitor ad match qualifications.
  • If item is not available in a Target store, a rain check will not be issued to match the online price or competitor’s print ad.
  • We reserve the right to verify a competitor’s advertised price and the availability of the item.

Price Match Guarantee: exclusions

Competitor exclusions:

  • Alaska and Hawaii Target stores are excluded from online competitor price matching.
  • Items originally purchased at Target.com (for items purchased on Target.com, click here for policy: opens in a new window.).
  • Prices from other Target stores.
  • Online prices from competitors not listed above.

Price exclusions:

  • “Marketplace” prices:  Price matched items must be sold by Walmart.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, ToysRUs.com, or BabiesRUs.com; prices from third party sellers on these websites will not be honored.
  • Prices that only display on a website after guests log in.
  • Clearance, closeout, damaged product, used, refurbished, open packages or liquidation sales.
  • Prices advertised only as a percent off or dollar off.
  • Paid membership club or paid loyalty programs (e.g. prices that require a club or loyalty card that is associated with a membership fee).
  • Buy one, get one if the retail price is not shown in the advertisement.
  • Competitor coupon-required.
  • Competitor price matches on items where Target or the competitor is offering a free gift card.
  • Mail-in offers or instant rebates.
  • Offers that include financing.
  • Free product where no qualifying purchase is required.
  • Bundled offers and special purchases.
  • Sales tax promotions.

Ad exclusions:

  • Items advertised as limited time/limited supply/limited quantity.
  • Black Friday ads (including adjusting prices for previously purchased items).
  • Pricing or typographical errors.

Item exclusions:

  • Non-branded items (e.g., produce not marketed under a specific brand name).
  • Product services (warranties, assembly, etc.).
  • Target Portrait Studio, Optical and Clinic offers.
  • Contract cell phone plans and devices.
  • Items part of movie/game reservation card promotion

WalMart

We gladly match the price in the following types of ads:*walmart-logo-300x225

  • Buy one, get one free ads with a specified price
    • Example: Buy one for $2.49, get one free (BOGO)
  • Competitors’ ads that feature a specific item for a specified price
  • Preferred shopping card prices for specific items that are in a printed ad
  • For fresh produce and meat items when the price is offered in the same unit type (lb. for lb.; each for each)

*The following are guidelines and limitations:

  • We will match any local competitor’s advertised price.
  • We do not require customers to have the ad with them to honor a competitor’s ad.
  • Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.)

We do not match the price in the following types of competitor ads:

  • Items that require a separate purchase to get the ad price
    • example: “Buy [item A] to get [item B] for $C”
  • Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get free product
    • example: “Buy both [items A & B] to get [item C] for free”
  • Items that require a purchase to get a competitors’ gift card
    • example: “Buy [item A] to get a $B gift card
  • Buy one, get one free (BOGO) ads with no actual price given
  • Going out of business or closeout prices
  • Percentage off
    • example: “All mascara, 40% off”
  • Competitors’ private label price promotions

We do not honor:

  • Ads when the actual price for items cannot be determined
  • Internet pricing
  • Misprinted ad prices of other retailers
  • “Going out of business” sales or “closeout” prices

 

Sears

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Retail Competitors – Stores

If you find a lower price on an identical brand and model number currently available for sale at another local competitor’s retail store, Sears will match that price. Just bring in the original advertisement to a sales associate at the time of, or within 14 days after, your purchase.

Retail Competitors – Online

If you find a lower online price (including any costs for shipping and handling, but not delivery) on an identical brand and model number currently available from a local competitor’s retail store honoring its own online price and the item is currently available for sale and delivery in your area, Sears will match the price of the merchandise. Just print the ordering page (including the costs for shipping and handling), and bring it to your Sears store at the time of, or within 14 days after, your purchase. If you are purchasing the item from sears.com, please fill out a Price Match form. Sears will not price match internet-only retailers.

Sears Branded Stores and Sears Branded Websites

If you find a lower price on an identical brand and model number from another Sears branded non-outlet retail format or website, Sears will match that price. Sears will not price match limited time Online Only events, special Online Price, or conditional Online Only Special Offers on our websites. Only items listed as Sold by Sears or Sold by Kmart are eligible for price matching on our websites. Sears will not price match any Marketplace items or any items sold by Sears Outlet or searsoutlet.com. All other rules for qualification apply.

Exclusions

Sears will not price match competitor’s items that are limited in quantity, offered for sale for less than six hours during a day or door busters. Sears will not price match items offered for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, bonus or free offers, special offers, online-only offers, bundled offers, rebates, any special financing offers, coupons, protection agreements, clearance or closeout prices, or prices on used, damaged, returned, open box or display merchandise. Sears will not price match services (including, but not limited to, delivery, installation, and assembly), parts, Sears Licensed partner websites, digital services, Sears Presents or Shop At Home catalogs. Stores in Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii will not match any online prices. Sears will not match typographical errors or competitor’s prices that result from a price match. Sears will not price match Kenmore items at non-Sears Holdings retail formats.

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