If you're like me, then you know that I love a good sale! I love when items get marked down half-priced or even when it's those end of season sales, a perfect time to stock up on items for the following season. But whenever a sale arrives, I do think that it's important to not just be smart as to what you spend your money on but try and use as many tricks to really get the most bang for your buck! If you are not familiar with price matching, you definitely need to be. Read on!
A few weeks ago, there were a few items (mostly accessories) that I wanted to get from H&M. I spent some time browsing their site to see anything that piqued my interest and to get an idea of what was included in their 80% off sale before going inside their store. When looking online, I knew for a fact that most of these earrings were priced between $5.99 and $6.99 each so I kept that in mind.
Upon going to the H&M on Newbury Street, I noticed that the earrings I saw online weren't really marked under a sale section. So immediately, I knew that 1) the price I saw on the tag was the full and final price and 2) when I go the register, it'll come up as full price. But I was not about to pay $12.99 for 5 earrings in store when online they're $5.99 for each. So here's what I did:
Step 1: Kept a tab open on my phone for hm.com
Step 2: Took a screenshot of the items I saw and their prices (both original and sale)
Step 3: When you I went to the register, asked the sales associate to check the prices of the items for me. If they came up as a full priced, I asked the sales associate if they do price matching.
*In this case at H&M, the sales associate couldn't just change the price. He said he would have to physically see the item on their website and their prices.*
Step 4: Once I confirmed the items, I gave the sales associate the prices that each item was on sale for. He then should manually change the prices.
Step 5: Voila!
Price matching is a term that most if not all companies embrace. It gives customers the ability to get an item at the same price, especially if it's priced lower. Why pay more of the same item, right? Some companies will give you the same price if an item is marked lower at one of its competitors. If you're new to price matching, here are a few tips you can keep in mind next time:
Tip 1: If a sale is happening both online and in store, check what's online first. Why? That way if you see something you like online and go into the store, you'll know what exactly you are looking for. And even if the store does not have what you saw online in the store, then in most cases, ask one of the sales associates what you can do!
Tip 2: The second reason why it's good to look online first before you buy is that it gives you an idea as to what it may give you an idea of what that item looks like in person. Nothing worse than buyers remorse! In any event, when looking online, I knew for a fact that most of these earrings were priced between $5.99 and $6.99 each. This gave me leverage when I got to the register because I knew that the sales associate had to honor the lowest price I saw online for the same item!
Tip 3: Ask questions! Sometimes there are so many tricks you can use to save you money but of course, the company is not going to broadcast them. It's also good to read up on store policy and have an idea of what it entails. Price matching is always about saving money!
Here are some of the earrings I bought:
What are some shopping tricks you've used before?