The most often asked question regarding Black Friday deals is, “Can I buy the item today and get a Black Friday price match for the deal later?” The second most asked question is can I get aa price match at Walmart for a deal at Best Buy or another retailer.
Here’s what you need to know about Black Friday price match options and price protection for the purchases you make ahead of Black Friday.
It sound sounds like a great plan. Buy Black Friday doorbuster at regular price and get an adjustment on Thanksgiving Day after the craziness calms down. There are a lot of catches to this, but you may be able to use your credit card for help.
New and veteran Black Friday shoppers are always on the lookout for shortcuts to savings that allows them to skip lines and get limited stock items before Thanksgiving and Black Friday. One common idea is to use a Black Friday price match or price protection to get a better deal, but there are some roadblocks.
Most stores now offer a price match option to cover deals from other retailers and many also offer a price guarantee or price protection to match their own price if it drops — but many of these price match options will not work for Black Friday 2016.
This is what you need to know about Black Friday price matches before you start planning your shopping trips. The short version is, most retailers suspend price matching and price guarantees for Black Friday 2016 starting on Thanksgiving Day through the end of the day Cyber Monday.
The good news is that we normally see big retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart price match deals in the days leading up to Black Friday by simply lowering their price to the new lowest price.
2016 Black Friday Price Match
Below you’ll find the 2016 Black Friday price match details and catches for some of the top retailers. On almost any other day of the year you can get a price match from these stores to the other — but on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday 2016 this stops.
Best Buy Black Friday Price Match Details
Most days the Best Buy price match policy will help you save on a new purchase and sometimes on a recent purchase.
This stops on Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. The Best Buy Price match does not cover, “… items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Best Buy or a competitor”
Keep this in mind as you plan out how you will shop for items in the lead up to Black Friday and on Black Friday 2016. You can also not stack Gamer’s Club Unlocked onto many of the video game deals.
Walmart Black Friday Price Match Details
There is good news and bad news when it comes to trying to get a Walmart Price Match on Black Friday.
The good news is that when you are in store you can get a Black Friday price match to local competitors and to select online competitors. The problem with this is that the best online deals are limited time offers that may be out of stock by the time you get a manager to approve a price match — especially on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
If you plan to shop online, which is a bigger part of the Walmart Black Friday 2016 plans, you cannot price match. The policy states, “Walmart.com will not Price Match from Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving”
Target Black Friday Price Match Details
Target Black Friday price match policies don’t break from the rest of the top retailers. Normally Target will price match a range of local and online stores, but the company suspends this for the shopping event.
In the Target price match policy the company states, “Price matches and adjustments will not be allowed for prices from Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Target or a competitor.”
Amazon Black Friday Price Match
Amazon offers a price guarantee on HDTVs. This sounds like a great deal, but there is a limitation to the Amazon Black Friday HDTV low price guarantee.
Amazon explains one limitation is, “The Guarantee will not apply to Comparable Offers which are promoted or marketed as limited time sales or offers, which last for 72 hours or less, such as Lightning Deals, Gold Box Deals, Black Friday, “early bird” or “door buster” offers (“Limited Time Promotion”). The Guarantee will also not apply to Eligible TVs purchased as part of a Limited Time Promotion by Amazon.”
Any other time of the year the Amazon TV low price guarantee is a great option, but it won’t help you on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday 2016.
Black Friday 2016 Price Match Tips
If you do want to try to get a Black Friday price match this year, Walmart is your best option, but even then it is not going to be easy. Most deals sell out fast and you will need to get a manager to match the price before the competitor and the store are out of stock.
With options to shop online for most Black Friday 2016 deals, it makes more sense to simply buy online and wait for the delivery than to try to hassle with a Thanksgiving Day price match.
Most retailers offer free shipping during this time of year and others have free shipping on more expensive items. Anything worth trying for a price match on Black Friday should hit free shipping minimums.
Some credit cards offer price protection up to a certain amount. Discover is one of them, but you should contact your card issuer to ask about price protection for items sold during a special shopping event like Black Friday.
Walmart Black Friday 2016 Ad
The Walmart Black Friday 2016 ad is available now, along with maps to your local store.
Online Walmart Black Friday 2016 deals go live at 12:01 Am Eastern on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart promises that most of the Walmart Black Friday 2016 deals will be available online as well as in store.
The in-store Walmart Black Friday 2016 deals start at 6 PM local time on Thanksgiving with wristbands for popular items. Wristbands may be passed out an hour or two before the sales start.
There is no more 1 hour guarantee for Walmart Black Friday deals, but the company goes to great lenghts to reassure customers that they have a lot of items on hand for the Walmart Black Friday 2016 ad.
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