Price Matching Amazon

by Michael on Oct 25, 2013 · 5 comments

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With the recent changes in their shipping policy as well as the fact that they’re now collecting sales taxes in a lot more places than they used to, I just wanted to remind you that both Target and Best Buy match Amazon’s prices.

And yes, this works. I’ve requested (and received) price multiple matches at both stores. The key requirement is that the items has to be “shipped and sold by Amazon.” So anything sold by Amazon on behalf of a third-party doesn’t count.

The process for requesting a match at the two stores is slightly different…

At Best Buy, you simply take your item to the register and show them price on your smartphone. They may or may not pull it up on their own phone to verify, but they’ll make the adjustment right there. Pretty simple.

At Target, the process is a bit more clunky. Instead of getting the price match at checkout, you have to wait in line at the service desk. Once you reach the front, they check the price on a store-owned tablet and then ring you up.

Given the difference, I much prefer to do this at Best Buy. The process at Target isn’t terrible, and is well worth the trouble if the price difference is sizable, but it’s not ideal. You can waste a lot of time waiting in line.

One additional tip: you can check both local pricing and local availability from the websites of both chains. While this isn’t always 100% accurate, at least you don’t have to go to the store blindly hoping that they have what you want in stock.


1 Little House October 25, 2013 at 9:57 am

Good to know. Many years ago my husband predicted that stores would have to match online prices eventually, especially with more people having smartphones. Nice to see his prediction come true at certain stores.

2 Money Beagle October 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

One of my pet peeves is when a store won’t price match their own online price. I think one store out of Target, WalMart, or Best Buy actually now will match their online store price. I can’t remember which (If it’s even true).

3 thepotatohead October 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Thanks for the heads up, good to know that these two stores do as a lot of stores wont price match online prices, just in store.

Money Beagle- Sears will also match their online price, as usually the store and online a different. You just have to ask.

4 Debbie M November 1, 2013 at 11:54 am

Interesting.

And with the Target RedCard, the 5% off would make it even cheaper than Amazon (if you’re in a state that gets taxed and/or you don’t meet the free-shipping minimum).

5 Michael November 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

Great point, Debbie. Now if they’d only make the process more efficient, like by allowing the price match to happen at checkout instead of having to wait at the service desk.

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