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Comparing Stores That Price Match

Many top retailers promise to match select competitors' advertised prices, provided the items are identical (same brand, model, etc.) and there's sufficient proof of the lower price. Few stores will match online prices, however -- even from their own websites. Other common exclusions include limited-time or limited-quantity offers, Black Friday prices, misprinted or expired ads, free offers, rebates, services (such as installation), closeout or clearance prices, and open-box or damaged items. Additional exclusions may apply on a store-by-store basis. Usually prices can be matched right at the register, although some retailers require authorization from a customer service representative or supervisor, and shoppers can claim price adjustments even after purchase. Here's what to expect at more than half a dozen stores that price match, keeping in mind that many official policies leave room for employees to use their own judgment.

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Eligible Merchants
Required Proof of Competitor's Price
Time Frame for Price Adjustment
Notable Exclusions
Convenience/Extra Savings
Best Buy
Local retail competitors within 25 miles, BestBuy.com, Amazon.com, Bhphotovideo.com, Crutchfield.com, Dell.com, HP.com, Newegg.com, and TigerDirect.com
Current ad or website address
15 days, but only if Best Buy lowers its price; no post-purchase matching for competitors' prices
Contract mobile phones and plans, online retailers not listed, online third-party or "marketplace" vendors
Price matching at checkout
Home Depot
Local retailers and their websites
Current ad
At managers' discretion
Online-only competitors, special orders, bid pricing, volume discounts
Price matching plus extra 10 percent off at checkout
JC Penney
Brick-and-mortar retail stores in the same market area or within a "reasonable distance"
Current print ad, photocopy, or mobile version
As long as competitor's ad is valid
JCP.com (but store delivery is free for online orders), other online and mobile prices, Sephora products, loyalty- and club-card pricing
Price matching at checkout; considerable discretion given to store managers
Local competitors
Copy of print ad with current date
14 days, but only if Kohl's lowers its price
Kohls.com, other online retailers
Price matching at checkout with supervisor permission
Local retail competitors and their websites
Current ad
30 days
Online-only competitors
Price matching plus 10 percent off at checkout; online shoppers automatically charged whichever is lowest, local in-store price or Lowes.com price
Local competitors' retail stores, websites of competitors that match their own online prices in-store, Sears.com
Original ad or online ordering page (including shipping and handling charges)
14 days
Internet-only retailers, Sears Outlet, Searsoutlet.com, Sears Marketplace, Kenmore items (unless sold through a qualifying Sears-branded retail format)
Price matching at checkout; valid membership card required to match club-store prices
Local retail competitors in the same market area, Target.com, Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com, BedBathBeyond.com, BestBuy.com, BN.com, Buybuybaby.com, Costco.com, CVS.com, Diapers.com, DicksSportingGoods.com, Drugstore.com, Gamestop.com, JCPenney.com, Kmart.com, Kohls.com, Macys.com, Newegg.com, OfficeDepot.com, Petco.com, PetSmart.com, SamsClub.com, Sears.com, SportsAuthority.com, Staples.com, ToysRUs.com, Ulta.com. Walgreens.com, Walmart.com, Wayfair.com
Print ad (no photos, photocopies, or mobile phone versions accepted); mobile device or printout showing online price
14 days
Other Target stores, online competitors not listed, membership clubs, paid loyalty programs, contract cellphones and plans
Price matching only at customer-service counter; manufacturer coupons applied after price match
Local competitors, Walmart.com, Academy.com, Amazon.com, AutoZone.com, BabiesRUs.com, BassPro.com, BedBathandBeyond.com, BestBuy.com, Cabelas.com, DicksSportingGoods.com, DollarGeneral.com, FamilyDollar.com, HomeDepot.com, JCPenney.com, Kmart.com, Kohls.com, Lowes.com, Michaels.com, Newegg.com, OfficeDepot.com, OReillyAuto.com, PepBoys.com, Petco.com, PetSmart.com, Sears.com, SportsAuthority.com, Staples.com, Target.com, TigerDirect.com, ToysRUs.com, Walgreens.com
None, but print ad recommended and clerk may call to verify
Not specified (7 days for Walmart.com purchases)
Other Walmart stores, online retailers not listed, online third-party or "marketplace" vendors, auction sites, websites that require membership
Price matching at checkout; fresh produce and meat qualify if the price is listed the same way (by the pound, for example); buy-one-get-one-free offers qualify if a price is specified
In this review:
  1. Best Price-Matching Policies
  2. Stores That Price Match: Comparison Chart