How I Saved 21% – Target Online Price Different Than Store

I was going through my Target shopping list, looking for toothpaste, deodorant, snacks, and laundry detergent to restock. My family and I, like most people in America, are wearing more athletic clothing on a daily basis, therefore I needed to purchase a new bottle of Woolite more frequently. We find Woolite gentler on our clothes than regular detergent and hope it lasts as long as it claims.

I picked a 100-ounce jug of Woolite detergent from a Target aisle near my house, which was priced at $15.69. It appeared a little pricey at $15.69, so I looked for a nice Woolite substitute on the shelf but couldn’t find anything. I figured I just missed it because I’m a guy with limited laundry expertise.

Surprisingly, there are a number of people online looking for the best Woolite alternative or with no real good commercial options. Woolite detergent to wash delicate garments seems to be the best option. I guess why mess with it if it works, right?

Are Target online prices the same as in store?

While I continued shopping, the fact that it appeared to be pricey nagged at me. So, just for fun, I looked up Woolite detergent 100 ounces on Google. The strangest part is that the first result was Woolite detergent 100 ounces for $12.39 at Target.com! Target[.com] is correct.

I went ahead and checked the link to see if it was the same. Occasionally, the links do not correspond to the advertised product. Yes, the search result link directed me to Target.com, where I found the exact same image of the Woolite detergent in my cart. I was astonished as to how I could be at my local Target store and find the exact same item on their own website for $3.30 less. That’s a 21% discount. It was humorous because I had to open a new browser tab and input it again since I couldn’t believe the result and assumed Target online prices were the same as in the store.

After that, I went to the self-checkout because it had the shortest line. Nonetheless, I usually prefer real-person checkouts because they are faster and I like to keep a kind person employed over a computer.

At the self-checkout, I waved over a Target employee. I handed him my phone and stated, “This Woolite detergent is $3.30 cheaper on Target.com,” still baffled. Is the pricing on Target’s website the same as the price on their website? He replied yes without hesitation. He had me scan my item, then altered the price on the computer using his card. Well, just by doing a short Google search, I was able to save $3.30, or 21%.

I wouldn’t call it frequent, but it’s certainly not uncommon. Since then, I’ve had a couple of similar incidents. When I go to Target or one of its competitors, I’m not going to check and scan every item, but I’ll probably double-check that I’m receiving the greatest deal on the more expensive things.

Does Target Price Match Online?

Target will price match a qualifying item at a Target store, according to their website. They will price match an identical item on Target.com, a Target or competitor’s local print ad, or a few online competitors. Local is defined as being within a 25-mile radius of a Target store. Within 14 days of your purchase, you can request a price match.

Target’s approved list of online price match competitors includes:

• Amazon.com
• BedBathandBeyond.com
• BestBuy.com
• BarnesAndNoble.com
• BuyBuyBaby.com
• Costco.com
• CVS.com
• Diapers.com
• DicksSportingGoods.com
• GameStop.com
• JCPenney.com
• Kmart.com
• Kohls.com
• Macys.com
• NewEgg.com
• OfficeDepot.com
• PetCo.com
• PetSmart.com
• Sears.com
• Staples.com
• Ulta.com
• Walgreens.com
• Walmart.com
• WayFair.com

How do you price match at Target?

The item you’re buying must be available at both the rival and Target. Weight, size, quantity, color, and model number must all be the same. You must offer proof, such as a weekly advertisement, a printed webpage, or a picture of the item on your phone. After verifying the price and confirming that the item is in stock, the Target employee will make the adjustment.

Why is the Target Online Prices Different Than the Store?

It’s interesting that I find prices cheaper online than the same brick-and-mortar store. The strategy is actually contrary to what Walmart started doing in 2017. According to a Business Insider article, for the same items sold at its physical store.

I have noticed this price structure on occasion, but usually for small items, like a kitchen sink brush or a Drain cleaners for clogged shower drains. It’s way too costly to send a small and expensive item in the mail. It’s a money loser too for the companies. The only winners will be the customer and shippers.

Personally, I agree with Walmart’s business strategy because it’s expensive to ship items, especially bulky and heavy items house-by-house. It’s much cheaper for them to make one shipment via a semi-truck to each big box store. On the other hand, Amazon has put a dent into the brick-and-mortar business and put them on the defense as a true competitor. Walmart recently announced they are now testing a to compete with Amazon while reducing overhead.  Things are changing fast!

If you’re like me, I’m confused on where to buy products at the best price. Do you shop online or do you get in your car and go to the store? Nowadays, the retailers are trying to combine both experiences into one. You can shop online and pick-up in the store or shop at the store and have it shipped to your house.

I love Target and So do Millions of Other Americans

Though Target.com gets an ,  I still like going into the brick-and-mortar Target stores.

The following are some of the reasons why Target is more popular than most other retailers:

  • Clean stores
  • Employees who are pleasant and helpful
  • The lighting is excellent, and the aisles are spacious.
  • Scanners for price checking are located on endcaps.
  • Umbro, Goodfellow, Cat & Jack, Hunter, and other fashion-forward brands
  • There are numerous Starbucks locations.
  • No receipt for returns as long as you have the same credit card
  • At the same time, you can buy food, clothes, and go to the pharmacy.
  • 5% off with the Red Card

As a result, I decided to look into Target’s price-matching policy.

While some companies just price match during the holiday season, Target does so all year. The only time when CyberMonday doorbusters deals are not available is during Thanksgiving week.

There’s one more story.

I was shopping at Target just before Valentine’s Day and saw a cool shirt for my wife but they didn’t have it in her size. The lady used her portable computer, scanned the shirt, and said they can ship to my house for free since I was in the store. Usually, there is a $35 minimum order size for free shipping if you don’t have a Target REDcard. Surprisingly, it was sent 2-day shipping and arrived as expected.  Another reason I love Target!

Keep an eye out for when the pricing on Target.com differs from the price in the store.

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