Have you ever tried to shop a sale, only to find that the coveted sale item is sold out? It can cause some major sulking, especially if the store next door has TONS of the sale item, only at full price! That’s when price matching comes in, and we’ll discuss exactly how it works.
Price Matching Basics – If a participating merchant has the identical product (as appears in a competitor’s flyer), but at a higher price, you can request a “price match”—and will be given the sale price from the other store! Identical means same brand, size, selection, etc.
Shop Participating Merchants – In order to price match, you must shop at a participating merchant who allows price matching. Some major retailers that price match include Wal-Mart, Zellers, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Office Depot, Rona, Sears.ca and Sears catalogue, Staples, Best Buy Canada, Future Shop, Toys R Us, The Brick, Superstore/Loblaws (baby items), No Frills and Fresh Co. Target price matches, which means they’ll likely continue price matching when they set up in Canada shortly!
Give Me Proof! – Price matching is a fabulous way to save money, but it requires that you show the cashier the competitor’s flyer that advertises a lower sales price. All merchants accept the paper flyer, but some merchants will even match a competitors’ online web price!
Play By the Rules! – Before you make a trip in to price match, be sure to know the merchant’s rules, which vary from store to store. Rules may include price matching only for the duration of a competitor’s sale flyer. And some stores will only price match certain competitors, not all. Others may limit the quantity you are allowed to price match per item (ie: 4 cans of soup per person, etc). See rules by store, below.
Baby Come Back to Me! – Some price match guarantees require you to have made a purchase first, in order to receive a price match. For example, if you see a lower competitor’s price advertised after you have made a purchase, some merchants will refund you the difference (timeframe varies from 7 to 30 days after purchase, depending on merchant). Some merchants will even offer a rebate (varies from 1₵ to 10% off the difference in actual and price match price)! Original receipt is required.
To be a pro at price matching, study the various Canadian price match guarantees below:
This article was written by me, Jenna Em, and appears in the Wednesday September 5th, 2012 issue of the Kuklamoo Blog!