Though almost all major US retailers offer some sort of price match guarantee, the guarantees can differ greatly in the details, so consider the exact terms when you decide where to make your next major purchases.
Walmart.com offers a price match guarantee of one item per customer per day on identical, in stock products from a list of online retailers, including major big box retailers such as BestBuy.com and OfficeDepot.com, as well as major online-only sellers like NewEgg.com. For in-store purchases, Walmart will price match its online prices as well as Jet.com prices. However, Walmart no longer offers a price match guarantee on its in-store prices with other retailers’ in-store prices.
Target will price match Target.com, certain online retailers, and local Target or competitor print advertisements. Its 14-day price adjustment window is also a more generous policy than many other stores’ policies, because Target will refund its customers for price drops from other retailers, as well its own price changes. If the price adjustment request is for an item purchased from another qualified retailer, just bring proof of purchase to Guest Services within any Target.
Best Buy has an extensive price match guarantee, offering to match its in-store prices online, as well as its online prices in-store, all local competitors’ prices (both online and in-store and including local warehouse clubs), and certain major online retailers, including Amazon.com, hp.com, and Dell.com. Best Buy will also offer refunds upon request if it lowers its price on an identical item within the 15-day return and exchange period.
Lowes will price match online competitors’ pricing (cost including shipping) for items that are in stock and available to ship to the customers’ location. The price match guarantee that they are well-known for is only for in-store prices compared to competitors’ in-store prices on identical products, which they will sell to you for an additional 10% discount to the competitor’s price. Though Lowes does not have an official price protection policy, they offer a 90-day return window, meaning that you can generally come in and ask for the lower price, and if for some reason your request is refused, simply ask to return the item instead and then you can re-purchase it, which should accomplish the same thing.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond price matches with direct competitors (those who sell identical items both in-store and online), in addition to Amazon.com, but third-party sellers and warehouse clubs do not qualify. Note that the store’s frequent coupons cannot be used in addition to the price match guarantee: the customer must use either the price match or the coupon, though manufacturers’ coupons can still be used with the price match. You can price match in-store, including on items already purchased online (with proof of purchase, such as an order confirmation email), or through online customer service.
For price protection, there is not an official policy, but customers have had success asking for a price refund up to a month after their original purchase, meaning using a price tracking app like Moolah can be extremely helpful. You can also bring in a coupon if you did not use one originally and have it applied to your original purchase and receive a refund on the new amount saved.