Have you ever been in a situation where you bought an item at Target in October and it’s marked down for Christmas! How disturbing it is. The good news is that Target has a price match policy that refunds you the difference.

Target’s price match policy is flexible, and you only need to provide proof that you found a lower price elsewhere. If you take full advantage of it, be a wise shopper and save money after you complete your purchase. In short, if you find a lower price after you buy something at Target, you have 2 weeks to ask to adjust the price. 

Black Friday is the most talked about shopping spree of the year, and Target is one of the few retailers that offer Black Friday price matching, the other being the Best Buy. It can indeed benefit consumers. 

This gives you the chance to grab some of the cheapest prices of the year early in October or the first half of November. Let’s take a look at what to do to successfully match prices.

How to match prices in-store at Target?

When you find a lower price, you need to show proof of the lower price to the cashier at checkout. You can search on Google for the item you need to buy, go to the product detail page, and if the price is cheaper, show your phone to the cashier. They’ll check you out instantly with the lower price. No need for a manager and no information forms to fill out. It’s very easy to operate.

What other price proofs are available in-store?

Take advantage of the Target app. Scan the barcode with the Target app every time you put an item in your cart to see if it’s cheaper on the Target online store. The more items you buy, the more you should do this, since there’s a good chance you’ll find several items in your cart that will bring the price down. Show the lower price to the cashier, and they’ll match the online price.

You show the cashier an advertising flier with a lower price printed on it. The flier must have time information to prove that the lower price occurred before your checkout time. To be successful, the most important thing is price proof.

What is Target’s price match policy for online shopping?

If you’re shopping at Target.com and see a lower price for the same item on another website, call 1 (800) 591-3869 or ask Target customer service for assistance. Typically, provide a link to the item and a screenshot as proof, and they’ll let you place the order and refund the difference to you. For the exact process, the customer service will tell you.

Which sites’ prices can Target match?

Basically, many well-known shopping sites can be matched.

  • Amazon.com
  • Apple.com
  • BestBuy.com
  • Costco.com
  • HomeDepot.com
  • JCPenney.com
  • Macys.com
  • SamsClub.com
  • Walmart.com

You can also check price at these site:

  • BedBathandBeyond.com; BarnesandNoble.com
  • Chewy.com; CVS.com; DicksSportingGoods.com
  • GameStop.com; Kmart.com; Kohls.com
  • Lowes.com; Newegg.com; OfficeDepot.com
  • Petco.com; PetSmart.com; Sears.com
  • Staples.com; Ulta.com; Walgreens.com; Wayfair.com

When does the Target price match policy not work?

1. Product specifications are different

When you see cheaper onions in the Walmart app, in order to match prices at Target, Walmart’s onions must be priced the same way as Target’s onions. For example, they are all priced by the pound, not by the per item. 

Tip: Before price matching, you have to check the model, size, weight, and brand of other suppliers’ products to make sure they are exactly the same as the product you bought at Target. This is somewhat difficult to match for grocery items, as not all suppliers can price in the same units. It is easier to match the price of products of chain brands.

2. Certain products excluded

You need to keep in mind that few products are excluded by this policy. The following types of products cannot match prices:

  • Alcohol (depending on the state)
  • Amazon Prime or Fresh Exclusive Deals
  • Gift card offers
  • Clinic and pharmacy purchases
  • Third-party marketplace sellers
  • Optical products
  • Clearance, damaged, closeout, or opened items
  • Pre-owned or refurbished items

3. Something out of stock on Target.com and in Target stores

  • If your price matches a deal on Target.com, you’ll be able to request a price adjustment if the item is out-of-stock online. 
  • However, you cannot claim a price match if the item is out of stock both online and in store.
  • Sad. You got a lower price from another retailer, and if the item is out-of-stock at Target, you can’t claim it.

How to use this policy to save money?

1. Use coupons.

When price matching, the coupons work! You can use the manufacturer coupon. Want to use coupons to save as much money as possible at Target? You can use coupon sites to search for Target coupons. 

2. Target has no limits on your claim for price matches.

Walmart allows only one price match per day online at Walmart.com, while Target has no limits. You can use your phone to add notes to jot down a lot of price-matching possibilities. 

3. Don’t miss the holiday sales and Black Friday.

Target will adjust the price for almost anything you buy in stores or online for a specified period of time. Something you bought before the Christmas, Thanksgiving or even Black Friday sales is more expensive, you can ask for a price match and Target will refund you the difference. Before you shop, consider the possibility of future price reductions and make notes.

4. Use Target RedCard to save 5% more.

Even after the price match, you can still save an additional 5% on top of the price match using the Target RedCard. There are three kinds of RedCard: credit card, debit card and reloadable account. Either way, there’s no annual fee and you can save 5% everyday.

Cool! Now that you know how to do Target price matching. Take a look at your Target.com cart and your shopping plan and try to use the policy to save money!

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