Stores That Match Amazon's Prices

by Michael on Dec 19, 2012 · 2 comments

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Earlier this fall Target and Best Buy announced that they were going to start matching prices from (with some restrictions) — at least for awhile.

Since that announcement, I’ve requested (and received) a price match at Best Buy on a couple of occasions. I haven’t tried Target yet, but I’d expect it to be equally smooth. It’ll be interesting to see how long this lasts.

Update1: Apparently Target has already dropped the idea, effective Dec 16th.

Update2: On Jan 8th Target got back in the game, agreeing to match prices from,,,,, and

While I doubt that this will be a sustainable practice in the long run, I thought I’d start accumulating the names of real-world (i.e., brick & mortar) stores that are willing to match Amazon’s prices.

So far I only have the two… Best Buy and Target.

Update3: As of mid-Feburary 2013, Best Buy has made their online price match policy permanent.

I’ll add others if/when I discover them, and I invite you to help out by sharing the names of other stores with online price match policies. Just post a comment and I’ll add it to the list once I verify it.

1 The College Investor December 20, 2012 at 12:49 am

Target announced on Monday that they are no longer matching online retailer prices…very interesting change of tone.

As for Best Buy, I had a terrible experience trying to get a price match there a few weeks ago and wrote about it:

2 Michael December 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

Interesting. I hadn’t heard about Target changing their policy. Can’t say that I’m surprised, though.

It’s awfully hard to run a huge fleet of brick & mortar stores while offering online prices. They must by hoping that people will request a price match on one item will buying others at full price. But…

In the two times I’ve taken advantage of the policy, that hasn’t been the case.

The first time, I got a price match on both items that I bought. The second time I got a price match on the one item I bought. I would’ve bought something else at regular price but it was out of stock (Amazon was likewise out of stock so I couldn’t have price-matched it).

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