If you’re a sucker for all the best deals, then you’re probably a regular shopper of places like Target and Walmart. But sometimes things are a little cheaper at one than the other. So, will Target price match Walmart’s infamously low prices? Keep reading to find out!
What Is Target’s Price Match Policy?
The first thing to know is that Target has an amazing price matching policy. If you find a product listed for a lower price at one of Target’s competitors, Target will match the price so that you don’t have to pay extra to shop at their stores. You can read all about Target’s generous Price Match Guarantee here.
To give a general overview, Target’s price matching policy works like this. The company will match a competitor’s price if you purchase a qualifying item at a Target store or on Target.com, then find the same product for less from an online competitor or through a competitor’s printed local ad. Target stores will also price match Target.com if you find the same item for less online.
What Conditions Apply For Target To Price Match?
While Target does offer price matching for all of its qualifying competitors, some conditions and exclusions do apply, including:
- The price for an item must be listed and valid at the time of the price match. (In other words, you can’t say you saw something for cheaper and get it at that price. They will want proof.)
- The items must be identical. Brand name, size, weight, model number, and color must all match in order for the item to qualify for a price match.
- Target’s Price Match Guarantee no longer applies if more than 14 days have passed since the purchase of your item.
- If you’re requesting a price match after the time of purchase, you must be able to provide a receipt (or packing slip for online orders).
- While Target.com will match Target store prices and vice versa, Target stores will not price match items from other Target stores.
- Alaska and Hawaii Target stores are excluded from all price matching.
- Target reserves the right to limit the number of price matches they will guarantee per customer at any given store location.
- Target will not match prices on coupon offers, loyalty cards, promotional codes, or credit or gift card offers
- Target Plus™ Partners items do not qualify for price matching
- Some items are excluded from price matching, including:
- Clearance, closeout, or liquidation items
- Items that are damaged or used
- Items with open packaging
- Refurbished, pre-owned, or rent/lease to own items
- Promotional items
- Items sold at % or $ off amounts
- Non-branded items
- Items with prices that only display on a competitor’s website after logging in
- Contract mobile-phone devices or associated plans
- Optical products
- Clinic or pharmacy purchases
Does Target Offer Price Adjustments?
Target offers both price matches and price adjustments. Wondering what the difference is? A price match applies to items found for lower prices through competitors, while price adjustments apply to items at a single store with prices that change over time. In other words, if you buy something at Target one day and then find the same item there a few days later for cheaper, you can request a price adjustment for the difference. Just be aware that Target will only adjust prices for items that have been purchased in-store within 14 days. Price adjustments also apply to items purchased online, but adjustment requests have to be directed to guest services at 1 (800) 591-3869.
Does Target Price Match Walmart?
As one of the least expensive retailers out there, Walmart is a popular choice for finding all the best deals. But if you’d rather shop at Target, then you’ll be happy to know that Target absolutely price matches Walmart. You can view their full list of qualifying competitors here.
Does Target Price Match Walmart During Holidays?
Unlike most other major retailers, Target offers its price matches and adjustments year-round, including during the holidays. That’s right! Even on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Labor Day, and more. You can read all about Target’s industry-leading Holiday Price Match Guarantee here.
Does Target Price Match Walmart Discount Deals?
Depending on how discounts are listed, Target may or may not offer price matching on discount deals from Walmart. If a price is listed as “clearance” or as a $ or % off amount, then unfortunately, these listings will not qualify for Target’s price matching policy. However, if you find the item at a discounted price listed as a full retail price, then this will absolutely still qualify.
How To Request A Price Match At Target?
A price match may be requested at the time of purchase or within 14 days of purchase.
Target price match for items purchased in-store can be completed at a point of sale or at the guest services desk at any Target store. You will need to speak to a cashier directly to show them the proof of list price and to verify your purchase, so you’ll need to visit a checkout lane (not self-check) or the guest services desk. For price matches of online purchases, contact guest services at 1 (800) 591-3869.
How To Show Proof Of The Lower Price From Walmart
Showing valid proof of a list price from Walmart can work in a few different ways. If you own a smartphone, the simplest way is to find the listing on Walmart.com, then bring your phone to an employee at Target during checkout and show them the online prices. You can simply pull up the Walmart website on your mobile device and show the cashier.
As long as you do not have to log into your account in order for the price to appear, this will be considered valid, as Target does not accept exclusive prices for price matching.
If you don’t have access to a smartphone, or if you saw the deal somewhere else, you can also print out a copy of the price as listed online or in a newspaper, but the Target cashier you speak to will have the right to verify the documentation. If you bring a print ad from a local competitor, the competing retailer must be located within 25 miles of the Target you are seeking a price match from.
What Other Stores Does Target Price Match?
Target price matches nearly 30 major online retailers, including Walgreens, Staples, Costco, Petsmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Office Depot, and Sears. For a full list, click here, or view the list below. To receive a price match for a local retailer, the store needs to be within 25 miles of the Target from which you are seeking the price match.
Does Target offer price matching on Black Friday?
Yes! Target’s generous price matching policy works year-round, including during Black Friday and the entire holiday season. Just remember that if a price is listed as a % or $ off amount, this unfortunately disqualifies the listing from Target’s price matching.
Can you stack coupons with a price match?
Unfortunately, Target coupons cannot be combined with a price match. However, manufacturer coupons will be honored after the price match has been made, but only for in-store purchases.
Can you use a Target team member discount when requesting a price match?
Yes! Although the company’s policy has changed quite a bit over the years, Target now allows its team members to use their employee discount in combination with all price match purchases.
Does Target price match Apple products?
Yes. Apple.com is considered one of Target’s qualifying online competitors. Target will also price match deals from Apple stores that are within 25 miles of the store you are requesting the price match from as long as you can provide proof of list price.
Does Target Optical price match?
Yes! Target Optical will price match any US-based contact lens supplier’s pricing as long as verification of listed price can be provided (promotional or box price). You can read more about Target Optical’s price match guarantee and other discount offers here.
Does Target price match out-of-stock items?
Yes. Target will price match items that are out of stock from a competitor as long as the listed price is valid and current. However, they will not offer rain checks for price matches on items that are out of stock at a Target store or on Target.com.
All in all, it’s yet another great reason to shop at Target. Even though Walmart can offer slightly lower prices on certain things, if Target will match those prices to boot, then there’s really no reason to stay away. Now, load up the car and head to Target already! The deals are waiting.