BUFFALO, NY - First off, if you're still searching for that perfect holiday present, I'm expecting the top pre-Christmas deal drop of the season tomorrow. I'll be flagging the biggest and best deals right here.
When it comes to all your other shopping, I wanted to flag some stores with the easiest and more difficult price match policies this holiday season.
The Good List:
Why? Sears will match any price out there. They'll price-match any retail store or website, which is rare to see. They'll even take shipping and handling charges into account with that. Just print the ordering page from the competitor, including shipping and handling and bring it to your Sears store within 14 days of your purchase. Sears will pay you the difference with proof of price match. If you are shopping on the Sears website, just use their price-matching form.
Why? Nordstrom will meet a competitor's pricing if you EVER find that same item at a lower price from a similar retailer. There are some designer product lines where that doesn't apply, but the non-specified time limit makes this a very generous policy. This does not apply to website or auction pricing.
Why? They'll match any lower price at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Office Depot, Office Max, Quill, Medical Arts Press, Reliable, Sam's Club, Walmart, WB Mason, or Xerox. They take the price-match a step further and will pay you the difference between the price of their item and the lower price within 14 days of your Staples purchase.
The Naughty/Complicated List:
Why? Walmart does not price match against ads with percentages off, they don't honor ads for websites or online pricing and they don't honor closeout prices (which is understandable), but there are too many limitations for my personal liking.
I love that you're not required to bring an advertisement in and that the Walmart will match your claim at the cash register, but like their complex returns policy (which varies greatly by department), I wish this was more simplified.
2. Best Buy.com
Why? BestBuy.com purchases can only be price matched by phoning a 1-800 number. You cannot price match website purchases in-store. Also, Best Buy only matches prices from local competitors that are within 25 miles of your local Best Buy store or billing address. That isn't helpful if you find a store with a cheaper price farther away. They also do not regularly match the prices of internet-only retailers. While there is a limited time policy in effect as of yesterday through the holiday season to price match against internet-only retailers, I'd like to see this implemented year-round.
The nice thing is that Amazon often has one of the lowest prices. They have an excellent 14 day price match policy on televisions but it does not extend to the rest of their store. They won't price-match against other stores and offer no price-match protection whatsoever for the items they sell from third parties or within the Amazon Marketplace.
Up for Debate:
Daily Deal sites like my personal favorite JustDeals.com don't price match and don't accept returns unless an item is defective - but you are guaranteed to lock in the absolute lowest price in the country. Knowing I have the lowest price is another reason I favor daily deal sites.
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