What is a Price Matching?

Price matching is a way that retailers match the lowest prices of similar items in other stores. Price matching can be a very valuable tool in your shopping experience, but there are a few things you’ll need to understand about how this process works.

Learning how to Price match is a great way to save money with such little effort.

Price Matching is when you use a flyer – it could be paper or, now in 2021, a digital flyer to price match any product and pay the advertised price from another store.

What is the purpose of price matching?

Price matching is a tool that makes shopping easier and more convenient, while also saving you money. When you shop smart with price matching, you can rest assured that your wallet won’t suffer the consequences of full-priced retail stores.

You can price match anything from groceries to tech items.

Retailers have a different set of rules for how to price match.

Each store has its own Price matching rules. So it is important that you do some research before you go Price Matching.

Price matching can be done at most major grocery chains, department stores, boutiques and even specialty retailers like Pet Smart.

Though you will want to make sure that the store where you are shopping allows price matching.

It’s important to note that not all retailers offer price matching. Some things that will usually disqualify a store from offering price matching include:

stores that only sell items through membership fees. The membership fee will usually be more than you would pay for the item, and shopping there would defeat the purpose of price matching. An example would be Costco

Generally speaking, major grocery chains are the most lenient with their price matching policy. You can expect to find many of these large retail chains in your area:

So one way to find out which stores in your area price match are by checking their policy on their website.

While all of these stores are known to Price Match, it’s always a good idea to double-check before you go out Price Shopping.

So the first step is to do your research about which stores in your area allow price matching. When in doubt, call ahead!

using a smartphone to find a price match

How to Price Match Using a SmartPhone?

The process of price matching has not changed; however, the use of smartphones and electronic devices has. Since most Canadians own a smartphone now, you can make your price match transactions more accessible and more convenient than ever before. You can do this with either your phone or tablet:

1. Open up the flyer that has the product you want to purchase on sale.

2. Find the store that has the lowest prices, and then show the cashier your smartphone or tablet with this information open on it.

5. You can print out the results from your price comparison app if you want to keep a hard copy of your purchase. However, most stores will accept what you find within the app itself.

Price Matching With Groceries Made Possible

One of the best tips I can give you is to have a PRICE book and remember what a reasonable price is on groceries.

Most flyers can be found on a single mobile application such as Reebe, Flipp, SaveaWhale, Flyerify, or you can check your mailbox for physical paper flyers.

Check out our 6 Most Needed Mobile Apps to Help Save Money on Groceries

 What to Look Out for When Price Matching?

Check the store policy first. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by going through the process only to be told that it isn’t allowed at your local Walmart, Superstore or another major grocery chain.

Be familiar with a fair price for a product before you go Price Matching. Otherwise, you may not get what you need and could end up paying more than you expected.

  • Identical Items – Brand, Model, Colour, Size,
  • The Item must be in Stock at both places including which store you want to price match.
  • The lower price needs are considered a Canadian dealer. This means the competitor offering the lower price has to be both in Canada and authorized to sell that product.
  • Special Sales Day are not included: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day, Clearance items
  • Do not open an item that has been price matched before taking it back to the store. Do your research, so there are no surprises when it comes time for checkout!

Price comparing can help you get the lowest price for items that matter to you. This doesn’t have to be just groceries, but any household item that you frequently purchase.

Price matching can occur when an individual finds a lower price on an item they want to purchase. The process ensures that the price match is applied correctly and efficiently, which includes:

How to Use Smartphone Reebee to Price match:

Go to Android or Apple and lookup for sure these two Flyer watch Apps

  • Reebee:
  • Flipp: 

1. Firstly, you want to download the Reebee App on Google Play or iTunes. Secondly, open up the app and tap “Get Started.” Next, add in your information, such as name and address. Finally, tap continues and then tap “My Deals.”

2. Next, as soon as you open the app up, it will start recording stores near you, and you’ll see a list of them appear on your screen. You can also choose to search for specific items – by simply typing in the store’s name and adding in any relevant keywords such as, add in all of your stores like Costco, Walmart, No Frills etc. That’s it! Now you can either use your price book or piece together flyers to get grocery prices.

Most flyers can be found on a single mobile application such as Reebe, Flipp, SaveaWhale, Flyerify, or you can check your mailbox for physical paper flyers.

They both work Similarly as they can both do the search function of a Product.

So if you are looking, for Example, Ground Beef.

Reebee flyer search result

It will bring up all the stores that have “Ground Beef” listed on a local flyer.

Reebee Chair price match

You can also use this for big-ticket items like a new office computer chair, so if you want to buy it at Canadian Tire – because you have their Triangle Points, or Perhaps at RCSS to get optimum points, Check to see if the store you would prefer to shop has a price match or you may not want to travel across town. You can then get points or other loyalty benefits.

 

Price Matching Online

Some stores have started to accept online ads, but you must check each policy to ensure they will take it. in 2021, it’s way more common for them to check online with you. Many retailers continue to resist online advertisements and demand real, print ads. A Great App is Reebee

Once you have found a competitor that offers the same item at a lower cost and has the ad, you must present it to the cashiers before scanning the products. This will give them time to look at the ads and adjust the price accordingly.

Some stores will allow you to get a price match after you are finished shopping. This is why you must save your receipts. If you find an ad with a lower price, you may be able to get a partial refund.

Tips on Price Matching

Be aware of the dates advertised. Stores usually have a limit date for price matching, so make sure to check before you go shopping. Also, take note that some stores will only honour prices if they are regular price items. If an item is on sale or discounted, it may not apply to this process. Maintain a price book! This is one of the best ways to ensure that you always get the most bang for your buck. It will help you know whether or not it’s worth switching stores just for savings.

Most retailers allow one printed

  1. Make sure you bring your mobile phone or a calculator so you can see multiple 2.2 per kilogram to get the per lb price.
  2. Know your store’s policies, including price matching plus coupon policies.
  3. A Safe Number of a single number is Number 4. So four cans of beans, 4 packages of toilet paper, or 4 kg of Chicken.
  4. Some stores will allow you to price match the No Name or Store Brand as well. So Example, PC No Name you can price match at Walmart for their Great Value products.
  5. Some stores will allow you to price match meat and vegetables.
  6. Make sure you are price Matching the same Brand, Size, Weight, etc
  7. Stay Organized as Possible: I usually will put all my price matching in one section of my cart
  8. You can generally use Coupons with Price Matching items. Double Score!

Offers You can Not Price Match

  • Anything that says B1G1 Free
  • Advertisement for 20 % off.
  • Free with Purchase

All Advertisements must state the Price of the Product, or it will not be considered.

Canadian Retail Stores that Price Match Competitor’s Price

Some of The Stores That will price match: Be sure to check out each of the store’s Policies

Best Buy

Best Buy’s “Low Price Guarantee” states that if you notice a lower price elsewhere, whether online, in-store or in print, you can match it with an original receipt before purchasing or within 30 days of purchase. You’re also entitled to a refund of the difference in price if Best Buy’s cost drops after you make a purchase

Canadian Tire Price Match policy header

Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire allows you to price match on the spot or within 30 days of purchase. If you find a lower price at another Canadian Tire store, you can price match from that location within 14 days. A competitor must be located within a 200-kilometre radius of your request in order to be considered a local shop.

 

Freshco

FreshCo will compete for pricing from neighbouring supermarkets within the same trade area. FreshCo will match the advertised price and undershoot it by 1¢. This policy does not apply to limited-time specials, loyalty program benefits, or items such as tobacco, alcohol, medicines, and other exceptions.

Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger has an Ad Match Guarantee, which means it will beat any local competitor’s advertised price by 1¢. This policy does not apply to limited-time offers such as “buy 2 get 1 free,” clearance sales, or online discounts.

Home Depot

The ‘Price Guarantee’ offered by Home Depot varies, based on the competition. If the lower price is from a retail store, Home Depot will match it and beat it by 10%. For internet-only shops, Home Depot will not outmatch the price but will still match it. Certain items are not included in the Price Guarantee program

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Lowe’s

The retailer will then have the option to match the lower price of a competitor and exceed it by 10%. For this price match strategy to be effective, the difference in prices must be greater than $1.00. This price matching practice is available both online and in-store.

Home Hardware

On the internet, this store will match any advertised local competitor’s price on an identical in-stock product. material packages and material package quotations, contractor pricing, sales-tax-free offers, gift cards, gift certificates, rebates or clearout prices are not included. The quality of lumber varies by location; we cannot match prices from competitors offering lower-grade wood.

London Drugs

If the identical goods are advertised at a lower price in print or on a Canadian online store, we will match that price. If you find a lower advertised price after you buy, we will match it for up to 30 days. There are certain limitations*

Maxi:

Maxi is a grocery store in Quebec that will price-match any competitor’s price. Simply make sure the item is comparable and available at Maxi, and you’ll be able to get it for a cheaper price. You can only match up to four units per item, so don’t expect this policy to help you clear the shelves.

No Frills

The No Frills policy of “We Won’t be Beat” states that if you can show an ad or a receipt to get a price match from a major supermarket competitor. The competitor must be from the area. Shopping and comparing at No Frills is a fantastic method to save money while also obtaining as many PC Optimum points as possible.

Part Source

They match any local Canadian competitor’s (“Competitor”) regular or advertised in-store retail price on an identical in-stock item (at checkout or within seven (7) days of purchase at a PartSource store. But will not price match online competitors.

Petsmart

In-store purchases will be matched by PetSmart if a competitor’s price is lower. In this case, if an item is available at the competition, PetSmart will match it. This policy does not apply to internet sites or catalogues, nor does it cover special promotional pricing such as “buy 1 get 1 free.” for online price matches, PetSmart will match the prices of comparable items from online retailers, with the exception of Amazon and eBay online marketplaces.

Real Canadian Superstore

Just like No Frills, you can earn PC Optimum points and price match at the Real Canadian Superstore as part of the Loblaw family. Its pricing matching policy allows for price matching from local major supermarkets. Keep in mind that while you may not be able to price match with stores like Canadian Tire since it is not a grocery store, you will probably be able to save money via coupons at other retail outlets.

Rona

If a competitor offers an item for less, Rona gives its clients an extra 10% off. Rona promises a simple price match procedure that is effective both in-store and online, as well as for competitors from brick-and-mortar retailers and internet-only merchants. The difference must be at least $1.00 to qualify.

Staples

You must show proof of a lower advertised price from an authorized Canadian dealer at the time of purchase or within 14 days in order to take advantage of Staples’ price matching policy. It even promises to match both the price and bonus offer if a competitor offers a bonus deal such as a product that Staples sells or a gift card.

Source

You’ll get your refund if you find a lower price at a Canadian dealer or the price at its own store drops within the product’s return period, according to The Source.

The Brick

The Brick offers a tiered price match policy with various requirements for each product. For appliances, you have 30 days from pick up or delivery to match a competitor’s price, which The Brick will beat by 20% of the difference. You have 90 days to claim a mattress price match from The Brick.

Toys R Us

Toys ‘R’ Us will price match an identical product within 14 days of your purchase. It will also refund you the difference if its own price drops within 30 days of your purchase. Note that this price match policy has some exceptions, notably limited-quantity items, retailers with memberships (like Costco), rainchecks, and online marketplaces like Amazon.

Leons

If you discover a lower price elsewhere, Leon’s offers a 60-day money-back guarantee with its ‘Integrity Pricing’ policy. Keep an eye out for the small print on this one. To be eligible for a price match, the product must originate in the same local trading area, include the identical terms and conditions, and if applicable,

 Price Match Policy

Always ask about individual price match Policies; some stores will change them without a huge notice, Recently the significant change to ad match was Walmart in 2020, which stopped their ad match completely. But every price match fine print can be changed from one year to the next. Many changes usually include online competitors or a local competitor, so it is essential to pay attention to each store’s price match policy.

Summary

You may be amazed at the number of stores that guarantee price matches or adjust prices. Put a bit of legwork on it, and matching the prices can help you earn significant savings everywhere you shop. Save a few dollars on groceries or maybe even save up to $100 on high-end items at your brick and mortar stores We’ve checked the pricing matching policies of many of the most popular e-commerce stores, along with rewards credit cards stacking at each site to ensure you can get the best offer possible.

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