Price matching can be a great way to save significant money on big and small ticket items. With a little effort, you can see big benefits to your financial bottom line. Here are 9 Vital Tips to Help You Master Price Matching.
1. Ask for a price match in the right way. The key is to be specific about what price you are looking for. For example, I found that X Store is offering this TV for $40 less than your price. Will you match it?
2. If you get an initial no from an on-the-floor salesperson, politely ask to speak with a manager and try with her or him. You may encounter employees that are not versed in price matching policies and may need to be kind and persistent to get the help you need.
3. Bring the evidence. Wherever you found the lower price, you are going to need proof of the price and its current availability to show to store personnel. That proof may take the form of a print or online ad or simple product price listing on a website.
4. Make sure that you are asking for a price match on an identical product. Stores generally do not grant price matches on differing brands or products within a brand.
5. With major retailers, do your homework on which stores that they will price match against. Often, you will find a limited list of other online stores and geographic constraints on bricks and mortar competitors. Regional chains or independent retailers may or may not have a price match policy listed. You may have to use the price match ask in No. 1 to see what negotiation that they are willing to do.
6. The number of a particular product that you can price match on may be limited.
7. Some retailers will allow you to combine a price match with coupons. Individual store policies will vary.
8. Price matching is often not available during major holiday shopping weekends such as Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.
9. Some stores will not price match clearance items, hourly sales, online to in store, and/or between their own retail stores. The reasoning is that prices in different venues within the same company are set based upon local market conditions.
Certain stores will match prices for a period of time past the date of purchase. You will need to bring in evidence of the lower price just like in the initial purchase.
Click on the links below to find out these individual stores’ Price Matching Policies
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