One easy way to save money is to price match competitor’s ads. I have had some questions from readers about how to price match at Target, so I wanted to go through these questions to help you learn how to make this work for you!
How does price matching work? If you find an item in a competitor’s ad which is priced lower than what you find on the store shelf at Target, they will match the price.
The store with the reduced price is not close to my Target, will they price match? The store must be local. Examples include a city, metropolitan area or speicific rural region. If in doubt, consult with your local store to learn more.
Can I show the price on my smart phone? Unfortunately, you can not. You must have the current printed ad to show the price. Photos, photocopies or mobile versions of competing ads are not accepted.
Will Target match store brands? They will not. The product must be the same name, size, weight, quantity and/or model number in order to be matched. For example, if you find Great Value Noodles on sale at Walmart for a price less than up&up products at Target, the price will not be matched since it is a different brand.
Can I use coupons when I price match? Yes – you can! It is important to understand how this works when you have Target coupons. Read below for examples:
Example 1: Walmart has Bic Pens on sale for $2 and Target has them for $2.50. You have a Target coupon for $0.50/1 and a manufacturer’s coupon for $0.50/1. Target will first deduct the target coupon to drop the price to $2 and then reduce the price by the manufacturer’s coupon. You would pay $1.50 out of your pocket at Target, which is the same amount you could have paid at Walmart.
Example 2: Walmart has Bic Pens on sale for $1.50 and Target has them for $2.50. You have a Target coupon for $0.50/1 and a manufacturer’s coupon for $0.50/1. Target will first deduct the target coupon to drop the price to $2. Since this price is still higher than what you would pay at Walmart, they will reduce the price to $1.50 and then further reduce the price by the manufacturer’s coupon. You would pay $1 out of your pocket at Target, which is the same amount you could have paid at Walmart.
Example 3: Walmart has Bic Pens on sale for $1.50 and Target has them for $2. You have only a manufacturer’s coupon for $0.50/1. Target will drop the price to match Walmart and then reduce the price by the coupon value. You would pay $1 for your pens at Target, which is the same price you would pay at Walmart.
Do I need to price match at the register or Guest Services? You can do it either way. If you plan on checking out at the register, just let your cashier know that you plan on price matching. He/She will ring up your purchases and bag them for you. Your transaction will be suspended and you will go to Guest Services where they will do the price matching, finalize your order and you will pay. You can also just go directly to Guest Services to check out and they can take care of your price matching for you.
If I already purchased my item and found a lower price the next day, can I get a price adjustment? Yep! You have up to seven days after your purchase to go back to Target to receive a price adjustment. You just need to take both your receipt and competitor’s ad to the store and they will refund you the difference.
Will Target match online prices? No, they will not. This includes Target.com. However, they have a new Holiday Price Matching Policy which precludes this regular policy, so make sure you read that as well.
Are there any other exclusions to the price matching policy? Yes, there are. Here are a few of the most common ones you should know, but you will want to make sure you review the entire list on their website:
- Promotions advertised on a web or mobile site (even if they are showing in-store prices)
- Timed events (i.e. early bird, door busters, etc)
- Items listed as limited quantity or supply
- Membership club (i.e. Sam’s, Costco, etc)
- Loyalty Cards (i.e. Walgreens, CVS, etc)
- Mobile Coupons
- Competitor’s free product, buy one get one which does not show single item prices, bundled offers or special purchases
- Clearance or close out
- Pricing errors
- Owned brands (i.e. Home, Merona, Circo, etc)
- Expired Ad
You can find more by reading the Target Price Matching Policy Online.