While Lowe's doesn't match online-only competitors, they will price-match local competitors and their websites. And you have a very generous 30-day window to get a price adjustment after your purchase.
But here's the most generous part: If you've got proof of a lower price, you'll get the competitor's price plus an additional 10% off.
Best Buy followed Target's lead in offering to price-match Amazon earlier this year. But as we pointed out at the time, the policy falls short in one very important way: Best Buy doesn't do price adjustments if a competitor lowers its price after the fact. Cheapism adds a little more context, noting that it will make a price adjustment 15 days after purchase -- but only if it's Best Buy lowering its price.
Other than that, it's a generous policy -- it boasts a long list of online competitors beyond Amazon that it will price-match, including NewEgg, TigerDirect and Apple.com. And Reinhardt says that Best Buy employees "were really well-versed in the policy at both locations" that a reporter visited.
Walmart probably talks about its price-match policy more than anyone, running ads touting the fact that they'll match competitors' prices without even seeing the ad.
But apparently the reality is a bit different: Reinhardt said that a Cheapism reporter visited five different Walmart locations, and that employees at four of those locations said that they needed to see the competitor's ad.
It also restricts itself to local competitors and won't price-match its own site, though site-to-store delivery is free. And while the price adjustment window for store purchases is unclear, it's just 7 days for Walmart.com.
Kohl's will only match local competitors, refusing to match any online prices. That includes its own website, but unlike J.C. Penney and Walmart, it doesn't offer the option of ordering online and having it delivered to the store for free.
Price adjustments are similarly hard to come by: Like Best Buy, it will only grant you a price adjustment if it changes its own price within 14 days. Cheapism also notes that employees seem unclear on the retailer's policy.