Target offers Price Matching and Price Adjustments, both of these items can save you some extra money and some time too. Here are some details regarding these two policies:
Price Matching: If you find an item in a competitor’s printed ad that is priced lower than it is at Target, they will match the price. The competitor’s ad must be local,current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number. Competitor catalogs can also be ad matched as long as the catalog displays a valid date and meets all other qualifications. You can view all the details of their price matching policy HERE.
Here are a few of the items the price matching policy excludes, see complete list HERE:
- Online prices, including Target.com
- Timed events (e.g., early bird, door busters)
- Items advertised as limited time/limited supply/limited quantity
- Membership club or loyalty programs (e.g. prices that require a club or loyalty card)
- Coupon-required or giftcard offers
- Prices advertised only as a percent off or $ off
- Competitor’s free product, buy one, get one, bundled offers, or special purchases
- Mail in offers or instant rebates
You can use coupons with their price matching policy, but the only ones that will really benefit you are manufacturer coupons and here is why:
- Manufacturer coupons are applied AFTER the price match
- Target store coupons are applied BEFORE the price match. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon, the price will be adjusted down to match the competitors sale price.
You will need to head to the customer service desk to receive the price match. Honestly, I don’t price match at Target on a regular basis, it seems to be a little more trouble than it is worth. The fact that they exclude early bird and doorbusters means that the majority of the Black Friday deals from other stores will not be able to be price matched. For me, if I find an amazing deal at another store, it’s just seems easier to head to the that store.
There are a few occasions when I think price matching at Target is helpful, take the Toy Story 3 Operation game that was on sale at Big Lots recently (no longer valid). The game was on sale at Big Lots for only $5, and the regular price at Target was $21.99, that is some big savings! At the time there was a $4/1 coupon you could use, so the final price of the game was only $1. Big Lots doesn’t take manufacturer coupons, so in this scenario it was a perfect time to price match at Target.
Price Adjustment: If you buy an item at Target and it goes on sale the same week or the week following, you can return with your receipt (you don’t need to bring the product) and you will get back the difference in price between the price you paid and the sale price.
Here is an example:
Say you bought a Lego for $19.99 on a Tuesday, the following Monday you notice that they same Lego is on sale for $14.99. Bring your receipt in to Target sometime during the week of the sale and you will get the difference back. In this case you would get $5 back.
Clearance items are excluded from price adjustments at Target. If I see a clearance item that is priced lower than when I bought the item, I will buy the item that is now at a lower price and then return the previous one I bought.
In previous years the price adjustment policy has come in handy during the Black Friday sales. Normally, we get a sneak peek of what items they will have on sale for Black Friday. If there were any items that I wanted, I would purchase them on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before Black Friday. Then I would take my receipt to the customer service desk on Friday or Saturday (when the Black Friday sale prices are valid) and get a price adjustment for the items I bought. This has been helpful, because it allows me to get the items I want before they sell out and I don’t have to wait in the long line to checkout on Black Friday.
Does anyone regularly Price Match or get Price Adjustments at Target?