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Which Stores Price Match on Black Friday?

Posted on 11/20/2014 9:38 EST

As shoppers line up and count down the hours before stores open on Black Friday (or Thanksgiving morning, depending on the store), some will come prepared with ads -- but not from the stores where they're waiting. Why, you ask? This year on Black Friday, price-match policies at some retailers promise to honor deals advertised by competing stores and occasionally online competitors, as well. This is great news because consumers can visit only one store at a time, and it's often hard to hit all the stores with desirable deals before their shelves have been cleared.

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But do your homework first. Every store has its own policy, often with a long list of fine-print exclusions, and price matching applies only to specific items. Some retailers also suspend their regular price-matching policies for the big shopping day. Even if a store continues price matching during the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy, don't expect retailers to honor doorbuster deals or other limited-time offers.

Here are the Black Friday and holiday shopping price-match policies for some of the most popular retail stores.

Best Buy. The electronics retailer matches prices posted by several online stores but excludes items discounted from Thanksgiving Day through 11:59 p.m. the following Monday.

Home Depot and Lowe's. These two home improvement retailers go beyond price matching. If a shopper brings in a current ad for an identical item from a local competitor, both Lowe's and Home Depot will beat the price by 10 percent.

Kmart. This retailer no longer price matches at any time of the year.

Kohl's. Price matching is available when shoppers bring in a current, local ad. The policy doesn't specify exclusions and implementation may differ from store to store.

OfficeMax and Office Depot. These office supply chains match local competitors' prices, including brick-and-mortar retailers' online shops and several online-only stores. However, holiday sales events, such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are excluded.

Staples. The office supply vendor will price match local ads within 14 days of purchase. Staples.com also matches prices from many competitors' websites.

Target. Target continues to match prices from some online retailers this holiday season, but its policy excludes ads from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday.

Walmart. As part of a pre-Black Friday promotion, Walmart is matching select deals from top national retailers beginning Nov. 21. Walmart also recently adopted an online price-match policy that includes big names such as Amazon, Staples, and Target. However, it does not extend to Walmart.com purchases between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

One other possible option: Use a credit card with a price protection feature to make Black Friday purchases. Be sure to note the circumstances that must be met to qualify for a refund and set up price alerts for the items you buy. Citi's Price Rewind program, for example, requires that card holders submit an item to be tracked and pay for it in total with an eligible Citi card.

by Louis DeNicola (Google+ Profile)

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