Here’s How To Get A Refund When There’s A Price Drop After You Buy Something

You can still get some money back.

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There’s nothing quite so frustrating as finally splashing out on an amazing pair of boots only to find out a week later that they’ve gone on sale. Meanwhile, you paid full price and now they’re not quite so cute anymore. Luckily, you have options for getting some cash back after a price drop.

First, simply ask for a price adjustment. If you notice the sale price within a few weeks of your purchase, you can usually get the difference refunded as long as you go to the store. Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, WalMart and Best Buy are just a few retailers that offer price adjustments.

And Target bonus: Some retailers only match competitors’ prices before the item is purchased and their own prices afterwards. Target matches some competitors’ prices up to two weeks after you buy something. Score!

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It goes without saying that you need to be vigilant about keeping receipts if you want to try and take advantage of a price drop. Ditto order numbers and anything else relevant that comes with shopping online.

To make your life easier, you can download the app Paribus. It scans price reductions around the web and sends price adjustment requests to stores for you. The app that saves you work AND money? We’re into it.

You can also save money through your credit card if it has a price protection feature. If it does, you need to register items with the credit card company after your purchase. Then, you can submit a claim form if there’s a price drop. While this feature varies from company to company, it’s worth checking out.

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Some cards even do the work for you, like Citi Price Reward: It searches more than 500 online retail sites for two months after your purchase. If the program finds a lower price on a registered product, you can get a refund for the difference between the prices for up to $500 per item and $2,500 per year. UM, HELLO!

So if you’ve fallen victim to the flash sale, don’t fret. You can still get some money back… and enjoy those boots.

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