If a customer buys a piece of merchandise and then finds it cheaper on any of the aforementioned websites within seven days, Target will match the price. Also, if a customer finds a better price prior to the purchase, say in the store when comparing prices on their smartphones, a price match can be requested at Target’s Guest Services in the store, so long as the customer can show proof of the better price.
Says Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, “Guests can confidently shop at Target every day for the best value in retail.”
But some are quick to suggest that this is a desperate measure on the part of the retail giant, because their holiday shopping season slumped compared to years prior. Many attribute it to shoppers finding better prices online. Also, given that Target will only price-match identical items that include identical brand name, color, quantity, weight, size and model number, Target may not have to often honor their new policy since many of the items they carry are brands that are exclusive to Target, such as clothing lines, making it unlikely that consumers will find it elsewhere. At the very least, consumers will be able to get price-matching on thousands of personal care, beauty, grocery and household items.
Brick and mortar retailers everywhere are finding slumping sales due to Amazon.com and other online retailers, and while retailers like Target aim to offer competitive prices, they may still be overlooking other reasons that consumers are opting to shop online rather than in the store. Many consumers simply do not want to deal with the crazy crowds that come with holiday shopping.
Service may be another issue according to a survey by the Kellogg School of Management which found that 40% of consumers opted for the online route after receiving subpar customer service in the store. So while price-matching is a step in the right direction, they may want to consider revising policies and offering better employee training if they really want to woo back their customer base.
Best Buy also offers Amazon price matching. You can read the Best Buy terms for Amazon price matching here.
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