What's a PM?
Pricematching (PM) involves convincing a retailer to match another retailer's lower price. This can occur while you're purchasing a product or for a certain amount of days after you purchase a product. A Price Matching Policy (or Low Price Guarantee) is one of the perks that many large retailers offer to induce consumers to purchase products at their store. It, along with coupons and rebates, is also a key component of many hot deals you find on this forum.
What deal stores PM and what are their rules?
Staples has 110% PM and will PM B&M stores within 14 days of purchase (Staples.com will PM B&M AND authorized internet stores - not sure what the list is). More info
OfficeMax has 115% PM (up to $55, not sure if that's 115% on $55 or the extra 15%) and will PM B&M AND internet stores (internet stores must have "a physical store location in the U.S., who is authorized by the manufacturer to sell the product") within 14 days of purchase (The 115% applies only to office superstore competitors. All other PMs will be 100%.) More info
Circuit City has 110% PM and will PM local B&M stores ONLY (though Amazon.com is big enough now that they will PM them now) within 30 days of purchase. More info (thx garsh). Circuit City is also one of the few retailers which WILL PM price AFTER rebates from other stores (YMMV on this, though).
Office Depot has 100% PM and will PM local B&M stores ONLY (though they now say any other office product or consumer electronic supplier, too) within 14 days of purchase. More info
Best Buy B&M has 110% PM and will PM local B&M stores ONLY within 30 days of purchase (14 days for computers, monitors, printers and notebooks, camcorders, digital cameras and radar detectors). BestBuy.com does NOT have a PMing policy. More info
Sears has 110% PM and will PM local B&M stores ONLY within 30 days of purchase. For more info, go to the Sears website, click on Customer Service, Price Matching Policy (under Policies).
CompUSA has 100% PM and will PM local B&M stores ONLY within 14 days of purchase.
CompUSA.com has 100% + $1 PM vs. BestBuy.com, CircuitCity.com, OfficeMax.com, OfficeDepot.com, and Staples.com. More info
Unconfirmed info: CompUSA has a new "unmatched" policy to PM other stores. They're supposed to beat advertised prices by at least $1. Furthermore, they apparently PM MIR offers available at other stores by providing equivalent "unmatched" MIRs. (thx TheDiggler)
Buy.com has 100% PM (limited to $100) vs. internet etailers ONLY (Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Bluelight.com, bn.com, CDNow.com, Cdw.com, CircuitCity.com, Compusa.com, EBGames.com, OfficeDepot.com, Outpost.com, Wal-Mart.com) within 3 (THREE) days of purchase. Does NOT apply with coupons, rebates, promos, bundles and limited to 3 of the same item. More info
Here are stores which do NOT have a PM policy:
Amazon, Dell, Fry's/Outpost, Target
If the store is not listed above, I don't know if it has a PM policy (most likely not).
Hmmm, looking at all the restrictions of the policy, it seems like a pain and generally not worth it to go to another store to PM. Why should I bother PMing?
Well, if all the restrictions of the policy WERE followed, it probably would NOT be worthwhile to PM. However, a lot of the restrictions can be bypassed because various employees apply the policy differently. For instance, Staples cashiers have been known to allow you to apply a coupon AFTER the PM occurs AND not include shipping on internet PMs. Office Depot employees HAVE PMed non-office supply stores like Best Buy and CompUSA. It all depends upon the person who you get to PM the product.
So, how do I go about PMing a product?
See the next 2 posts for how to PM.
Thanks to HomeSlice and AdultMovieStar for posting a lot of the initial information.
ED: Updated info.
Edited by Frank, 24 October 2004 - 05:05 AM.