Our producer went looking for a Razor E-90 electric scooter.
Online, Toys R Us listed a price of $114 for the scooter and said the item is sold in stores. The retailer also had a flier promising a $10 gift card for purchases over $80 that week.
Target offered the scooter $80 in its flier, so if we could find the scooter at Toys R Us and price match and get the gift card-- we could save more than $44. Unfortunately, when were were looking, Toys R Us never had the scooter in stock at five local stores.
"You really do need to consider the return on your time. If you're going to spending a lot of time researching it and doing it and trying to find it in the store, for just 50 cents- it might not be the best way to do that," said Felten.
The research includes the following:
-- You must know the store policies because there will be restrictions on what prices are matched.
-- You must be price matching identical items.
"You might find something at one store, but they don't carry it at the other store. They carry a different variety, a different size, a different model number. And when those things don't match up exactly, you're not able to price match," said Felten.
At the store, make sure you can see the actual price on the item and always have the advertisement for the competing price with you whether if it's a flier or an online offer on your smart phone. Again, check the store policies to see what they deem acceptable as proof of the competing price.
"It is always worth trying it and prepared for the no in case it happens, but what's the worst thing that will happen a no. Okay, you spent a little bit of time. and the best case scenario is that you walk out with a good deal," said Felten.
Felten put together a list of dos and don'ts on price matching for her readers at her website www.bargainstobounty.com