If you stocked up on Electrasol Finish coupons for the big Walgreens sale last week and the CVS sale this week and you’ve found that your stores are wiped out of everything, you can either get a rain check or try price matching.
Most CVS stores will allow you to get a rain check. I say “most” because not all of them will do this and I have contacted corporate about it before and I have been told that it is up to individual store managers and/or district managers. Some stores will write the rain checks for the amount after ECBs. If they do that, it would need to include this information:
Electrasol Finish (quantity 7) – $3 each
-$10 ECB = $11
Some stores will write the rain checks and then write a note to manually print the ECBs. If they do that, it would need to include this information:
Electrasol Finish (quantity 7) – $3 each
earns $10 ECB (offer #1035685 – you find this in the ad)
Then, they should be able to manually print your ECB when you buy the items. It’s always a good idea to cut out the part of the weekly circular where they advertise the deal and staple it to your rain check.
Both Walmart and Target price match competitor prices. If you have your CVS ad and you have the $2.25 coupons, $.75 isn’t a bad price, even if you’re not getting ECBs back.
Here’s the Price Match policy for Walmart (you can find it here):
Our goal is always to be the low price leader in every community where we operate. Our customers trust us to have every day low prices … there’s no need for “special sales.”
Our unbeatable promise:
Store managers make the final decision in always taking care of our customers, but we do have guidelines for matching our competition.
* We do honor “Preferred Shopping Card” advertised prices. Must be like items, be advertised and require a competitor’s shopping card, for the discount to apply.
* We do not honor advertisements that require a purchase in order to receive the advertised price or free product.
* We do not honor “Buy One / Get One Free” advertisements.
* We do not honor double or triple coupons or percent off advertisements.
* We do not honor other retailers’ “Misprinted” advertised prices.
* We do not honor Internet Pricing.
* We do not honor competitor advertisements from outside of the store’s or Club’s local trade territory.
Here’s the Price Match Policy for Target (you can find it here):
How does price matching work?
If you find an item in a competitor’s printed ad that is priced lower than it is at your Target store, we will match the price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number. Target.com is excluded from our price matching policy. Competitor catalogs can also be ad matched as long as the catalog displays a valid date and meets all other qualifications.
What if I’ve already made the purchase at Target?
No problem. Within seven days of purchase, bring your Target receipt and the competitor ‘s current printed ad. We will reimburse the savings to you.
What qualifies as proof of a competitor’s advertisement?
Please show us the entire printed advertisement. Photos, photocopies, or mobile phone versions of the ad cannot be accepted as verification of competitive pricing.
What does ‘identical store item’ mean?
The program covers items with the identical brand name, size, weight, quantity and model number of the item at Target stores. We reserve the right to verify a competitor’s advertised price and the availability of the product.
Can I use coupons when price matching?
A guest can use coupons when price matching per Target’s normal coupon policy. When the guests presents a coupon(s), these steps will be followed:
Manufacturer coupons will be applied after the price match is made.
Target coupons will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor’s price.
Combining both a Target and Manufacturer Coupons:
The Target coupon will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor’s price. Once the price match is made the manufacturer coupon will be applied.
Reminder: We accept one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item unless either coupon prohibits it.
Target does not ad match a competitors coupon-required offers.
What do you mean by local retail competitors?
This refers to retail stores located within the same market area as a particular Target store. Examples of a market area can be a city, a metropolitan area or a specific rural region.
What about online price matching?
All online pricing, including Target.com, is excluded from our price matching policy, as well as online retail promotions or products advertised on another company’s web or mobile sites.
Other price matching exclusions include:
* Online prices, including Target.com
* Promotions or products advertised on another company’s web or mobile sites, even those advertising in-store prices.
* Timed events (e.g., early bird, door busters)
* Items advertised as limited time/limited supply/limited quantity
* Membership club or loyalty programs (e.g. prices that require a club or loyalty card)
* Coupon-required or giftcard offers
* Prices advertised only as a percent off or $ off
* Competitor’s free product, buy one, get one, bundled offers, or special purchases
* Mobile coupons
* Sales tax promotions
* Damaged product or opened packaging
* Clearance or closeout items
* Mail in offers or instant rebates
* Product services (warranties, assembly, etc.)
* Going-out-of-business liquidations
* Special financing
* Used or previously owned items
* Display merchandise
* Pricing or typographical errors
* Owned brands (i.e., Home, Merona, Circo, Market Pantry and Archer Farms)
* Non-branded items (e.g. produce not marketed under a specific brand name)
* Target Portrait Studio, Optical, and Clinic offers
* Expired Ads
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