Skip the Membership: All The Stores That’ll Price Match Costco

Updated October 11, 2022 by Kyle

Why drop $60 for an annual Costco membership when many popular retailers will happily price-match the warehouse club? Or maybe you’re already a Costco member, but when it comes to shopping for electronics, toys, and tools you have your favorite stores and would rather buy everything from a single place. While many retailers don’t consider “membership clubs” like Costco to be direct competitors, and thus won’t match their pricing, their are plenty who absolutely will and here they all are.

Skip the Membership: All The Stores That'll Price Match Costco

NOTE: If you’re going to try and get a Costco price-match at another store without buying a membership, your best bet is to use to check out their prices.

Once you find a lower price, simply print out the product page (with the price visible) and use that to get a price-match at one of the stores below. You could also show the product page and price to a store associate via your smartphone.

Also, if you want to physically get in the Costco warehouse and check out their prices, just tell the card-checker at the entrance that you want to use the pharmacy and they’ll let you in, no questions asked.

Best Buy

Best Buy makes it clear that they’ll price-match not only Costco, but all warehouse clubs in your local area. Here’s what you need to know:

  • From the Best Buy website, “We do match the prices of Warehouse clubs as long as the Warehouse club is a local retail competitor, has an identical immediately available product and all other price match criteria are met.”
  • Before you ask, a local competitor must be within a 25-mile radius of your local Best Buy store. So if you have a Costco within 25 miles of your Best Buy, you’re good-to-go.
  • The fine print reads that the Price Match Guarantee covers 1 price match per identical item, per customer, at the current pre-tax price available to all customers.
  • Top Brands in Common: Samsung, LG, Apple, Vizio, Sharp, JVC, Canon, Nikon, Bose, Sony, and Yamaha.

Fry’s Electronics

While somewhat confusing, the Fry’s Price Match Policy most definitely includes Costco. Here is the full scoop:

  • Only works on “brand new, unopened products of the same exact model with same warranty.”
  • Simple show evidence of the Costco price via your smartphone or printed product page from and they’ll hook you up with the lower price.
  • Yes, there are some exclusions: Rebates, special program or educational discounts, bonuses, free offers, gift cards, rewards point redemptions, coupons, promo codes, bundled items, or one-of-a-kind or limited-quantity offers.
  • Top Brands in Common: Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Alienware, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Sony and Xbox.

See Also: 7 Ways to Essentially Get a Costco Membership for Free

Home Depot

A quick phone call to my local Home Depot and yes, they’ll absolutely match Costco prices.

  • Not only will the Home Depot match Costco in price, but they’ll actually beat them by 10% on in-store purchases.
  • The price must be the regular retail prices at Costco which shouldn’t be an issue unless the item is marked as a manager’s special.
  • Items at Home Depot where a price match is possible include storage and organization items, wrench sets, ladders, and power tools like cordless screwdrivers and drills.
  • Exclusions: Special orders, bid pricing, volume discounts, open-box merchandise, labor and installation, sales tax, rebate and free offers, typographical errors and online purchases.
  • Top Brands in Common: Dyson, Lifetime, Bissell, Calphalon, Honeywell, Master Lock, Duracell, Feit Electric, and Coast Flashlights.


Kohl’s will happily price match Costco items with a few stipulations.

  • Items must be identical and in-stock at both stores.
  • Can’t get a price match during Thanksgiving week or the week after.
  • Kohl’s does reserve the right to limit the number of items you can price match.
  • Top Brands in Common: Google Nest, Netgear, Xbox, Apple, Cuisinart, DeLonghi, Keurig, and KitchenAid.


Here’s how the Lowe’s price-match policy works:

  • The only time Lowe’s won’t match a lower Costco price is when the item is a closeout, special order, clearance, liquidation, damaged, or simply being discontinued.
  • While Costco and Lowe’s don’t stock many of the same items, you can definitely find identical items when shopping.
  • Top Brands in Common: Little Giant, Stanley, Kwikset, Dyson, Energizer, Leatherman, and Safety 1st.


The Petco Price Match Guarantee also includes price matching Costco products.

  • Items must be identical and in-stock at both locations.
  • Just show the lower Costco price to any employee and they’ll help you get your savings.
  • Can’t be combined with any coupons or Petco special offers.
  • Top Brands in Common: Advantix, NexGard, You & Me, Kong, Nutro, Avery, Iams, and Purina.


When shopping for pet food, supplies, beds, and treats, be sure to get the Costco price from your local Petsmart. Here are the details:

  • Items must be identical in size, and currently in-stock at both Costco and Petsmart to qualify for a price match.
  • Show evidence of the lower Costco price to any sales associate.
  • They won’t match prices that are advertised as clearance, BOGO, rebates, liquidation or other special events. Also, price matching is not valid on pets and services which shouldn’t be an issue as Costco doesn’t sell cats or dog grooming.
  • Top Brands in Common: Frontline, Advantage, PetArmor, and PoochPads.

Sam’s Club

While Sam’s doesn’t have an official policy, I was able to do some digging and discover that Sam’s will indeed price match Costco. Here are the details:

  • Sam’s Club will price match local competitor’s pricing on identical items. Apparently, the only 2 competitors that they’ll match are Costco and BJ’s Wholesale Club.
  • You also have 7 days after your purchase to get the lower Costco price if you find it.
  • Top Brands in Common: Pretty much everything, other than their exclusive store brands Kirkland and Member’s Mark. The key here is to find identical specs in terms of package size and servings.

See Also: Costco No Longer Takes Passport Photos – Here are the Cheapest Alternatives


Sears will happily price-match your local Costco. Here are the details:

  • “If you find a lower price on an identical brand and model number currently available for sale at another local competitor’s retail store, Sears will match that price.” Costco qualifies as a local competitor.
  • Sears asks you to bring in a copy of the competitor’s ad with the lower price displayed. Since Costco doesn’t have conventional ads, you should be able to take a picture of the item on your smartphone and use that as evidence. Also, if has the item, simply print out a copy of the product page and show that to a Sears employee.
  • Look for price-match opportunities on consumer electronics like HDTV’s, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems.
  • Top Brands in Common: Brands include Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Kitchen Aid, and Toshiba.


Staples will also happily price Costco on identical items. Here’s the skinny:

  • From the Staples website, “Staples will price match items sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.” Costco and fit the bill. I also went ahead and double-checked, via Staples live chat, that they consider Costco a “retailer” and not a “wholesaler” and they absolutely do consider Costco a “retailer”.
  • Simply show evidence of the lower Costco price when purchasing the identical item from Staples. This can be done in the form of a picture of the Costco price tag (and product) taken from your smartphone, or a print-out directly from
  • Items to look for a price match include technology like laptops and tablets, basic office supplies, along with organizational/storage products.
  • Top Brands in Common: Very similar to Office Depot above.


The official Target price-match policy was a little vague about Costco. So I started a chat session and here is how the conversation went…

Sarah: Thanks for shopping on My name is Sarah. How can I help you?
Kyle: Hi Sarah, do you guys price-match Costco?
Sarah: Kyle, let me check and help you with the information.
Sarah: We should check the item and the model number of the item to price match.
Kyle: So…do you guys price match Costco? Yes or no?
Sarah: Yes, Kyle.

  • While they officially started price matching on October 1st, 2015, they will now also price match “brick & mortar” Costco. I tried to get the details out of Sarah, but was unsuccessful, so I think it’s safe to assume it works like any other competing retailer.
  • They’ll match the price on a single qualifying item when you find the product for less at Costco or on
  • Price matches may be requested at the time of purchase or via a price adjustments within 14 days after purchase.
  • All Target price matches, and adjustments, are completed in-store at the ‘Guest Services’ desk.
  • Top Brands in Common: Dyson, Lexmark, Disney, KitchenAid, Keurig, Garmin, Fisher-Price, Huggies, Pampers, Apple, Lego, and Rubbermaid.

While it can seem a bit tricky to find identical products at Costco and all of the above retailers, it absolutely can be done. The key is to consider what brand-name items are sold at both retailers, then start price comparing like a madman.

Happy savings, and more importantly, happy price-matching.

By Kyle James

Photo by Mike Mozart.


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Ken J

Why would someone buy a product at one of these stores if they need to snap picture of it? They should have already bought it at Costco!

Brett Schulte

Home Depot says they only match advertised prices, so no ad, no match.


yea advertised price means a price that something is sold for, be it in store or online.. 5 yrs later, hope we helped lol

Steve Shermoen

Don’t forget the great added warranty from Costco on electronic items and their VERY low extended warranties….


Costco’s return policy will never be matched.

It is a wise investment with Costco membership. With your purchases, your membership is paid for.

Shelley Cottrill

I might add that a lot of merchandise sold at Costco and Sam’s club are exclusive in their packaging to them. They will usually include a bonus item therefore the model numbers or product numbers are going to be different.

Lori Francis

I price match all the time and I won’t shop at a store that doesn’t price match. I appreciate that there are stores that respect their customers enough to give them the best deal they can get with their hard earned cash in this time with such bad economic situations


Great to know !!
Now the question is, in case I do find a better price somewhere else, will Costco match that price for me ?


The interesting thing is Costco will not price match anyone else. Recently I shopped both Costco and Sams Club on Michelin LTX A/T2 pickup tires. Sams club was $50 cheaper per tire, $200 on the set! I showed Costco and the tire guy said they don’t match prices. Two weeks after I had purchased the tires at Sams club, Costco called me and said they had lowered their price on that tire to what Sams clubs price ( but he didn’t mention Sam’s Club). I had already purchased them. And on a drive to FL I realized that purchasing tires at Sams Club is better anyway, as I didn’t see a single Costco on my trip, yet there were several Sams Clubs on the way. So if you had a problem with your tires, there’s a much better chance of having a Sams Club near by for service. With a Costco purchase, you’re on your own.

Costco does have more variety of organic foods, but overall I’ve found Sams Club a better value with lower overall prices. However, Costco carries Buffalo in my local store, Sams does not. Sams Club has the best seafood stuffed Salmon, Costco doesn’t carry a seafood stuffed Salmon. Each club has it’s own advantages so I actually use both memberships.


Sams Club will not price match. I called 2 stores in the chicagoland area, and they will not price match.

Bryce G

Called Lowe’s. They’re telling me they will match, but none of this “beat the competitor’s price by 10%” business.


I had the same issue at Lowe’s before and wrote an email to the location and regional office. They all replied they didn’t know why the price match + 10% wasn’t honored and apologized. Asked me to return to make purchase. I didn’t return since there was a Best Buy in the same parking lot and I made the purchase there….they price matched and to my surprise also had the +10%… plus I earned a lot of reward points that acted as cash later. FYI, Best Buy no longer does the extra 10%.

Opinion02122 doesn’t show all the prices unless you log in as a member. I am disabled and don’t get out much, so I shop mostly on line. AND, I live quite far from the warehouse, and the traffic to get to and from them is HORRIBLE, so I HATE driving there. But, I often shop with them on line. And I buy my eye glasses there, too.

I pay for membership because that’s what keeps them going. If we all cheat by using gift cards, member friends, etc. Costco could go bust. Then what? No more great prices! Those membership fees keep Costco going.

Homer Depot

This is actually false. We do not match to Costco, due to the nature that they are a wholesaler and are also membership only.

Sherri Bertrand

Im surprised you don’t know this trick, Ive seen it on many reputable blogs, I personally have not tried this trick myself (Cosco is too far from me) but I have been told that if you want to shop at Cosco (and get in too) is to buy one of their gift cards before going into their store. You can find them at many other retail stores as well as competitive grocery stores. If you cant find them there, just have one of your Cosco friends purchase one for you. If it doesn’t work, hopefully, your friend will buy it back from you!!!

Melissa L

Sam’s Club cannot be placed on this list as they do NOT price match any store and not even other Sam’s Clubs or They will only price adjust their own merchandise I think that store within 7 days if they have at least 1 in stock with the original receipt.


I just called Home Depot and they will not price match Costco because a membership is required.