The Target Price Matching Policy has once again been updated. If you have one in your binder purse or car, toss it and print the newest version. What has changed is the way that you can use Target coupons when you price match.
Basically, the Target coupon is deducted from the price before you price match. Then, if the price is still above the competitor’s ad, it is price matched down. Manufacturer’s coupons are not taken into consideration when price matching. If the item price happens to drop below the competitor’s price, then you can not price match, as you are paying less than the advertised price.
The way it is written can be confusing, so I’ll incorporate an example for you.
Assume that Lysol Wipes are on sale for $2.00 each at Walmart this week. Target has them priced at $2.39. We will also say that you have two coupons — 1 Target coupon for $0.50/1 and a manufacturer’s coupon for $0.50/1.
When you go to pay, the Target coupon will be deducted and drop the price to $1.89. Since the price is now LESS than Walmart, you are done and can not price match. You can still use the manufacturer’s coupon and pay a total of $1.39 for your wipes.
Now, let’s try this another way. Let’s say that the wipes are still $2.00 at Walmart and $2.39 at Target. Your Target coupon is now only $0.25/1 and the manufacturer’s coupon is still $0.50/1. So, once the Target coupon is deducted, you will pay $2.14. So NOW you can price match down to $2.00, deduct the $0.50/1 coupon and end up paying $1.50 for your wipes.
Here is the previous way it was allowed (just so you can see where the difference lies):
Originally, you would pay $2.39 for the wipes, less $1.00 for both of the $0.50/1 coupons. Then, you would go to Guest Services and they would give you back another $0.39 to drop the price down to price matching — netting you paying only $1.00 for the wipes.
I know it is frustrating and confusing. The policy does keep changing, so it is good to stop by the kiosk when you head into the store and click on LOW PRICE PROMISE right on the main screen and read through the policy to check for changes before you shop.
Thanks Sara for bringing this to my attention!