Does Micro Center Price Match Amazon? Complete Guide

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If you’re looking to purchase a new computer or other electronic hardware then Micro Center is one of the best places around.

With a turnover of around $2.4 billion and a profit of around $300m per year, Micro Center is a leading brand when it comes to kitting yourself out with the most cutting-edge tech.

If you’re dead set on purchasing a product on Micro Center, but you’ve seen it cheaper at Amazon then the question you should be asking yourself is whether Micro Center will price match the price you’ve seen on Amazon.

Making use of price match guarantees can be one of the best strategies to save money and can literally put hundreds, if not thousands, of extra dollars in your pocket every year.

With that in mind, we’ve looked into Micro Center’s price match policy to bring you a definitive answer as to whether they will price match the price you’ve found on Amazon.


Does Micro Center Price Match Amazon? The Short Answer

Micro Center is able to price match Amazon but the item must be in stock and must be sold by Amazon and not a third-party seller. If you see an item on Amazon but it’s not sold by them then the price match will not apply.


Micro Center Price Match Policy Explained

For Micro Center to price match Amazon, you will need to check on Amazon to see who is selling the item as they do not price match items not sold directly by Amazon.

This is quite common across the industry. We looked at Staples’ price match policy with Amazon and found they adopt the same position.

You can do this by clicking on a listing and looking in the right-hand column.

Here in yellow, you can see the item is sold by JJ’s Real Buy

In this instance, as the item is sold by JJ’s Real Buy and not Amazon, then it would usually not come within Micro Center’s price match policy.

Here in yellow, you can see that the seller is Amazon.com

In this example, you can see that the item is sold by Amazon.com so it would come within Micro Center’s price match policy.

Hustler Tip:

Even if Micro Center’s written policy doesn’t allow for price matching with third party retailers selling on Amazon, it’s definitely still worth reaching out to Micro Center to check if they can help. You may find that they are still prepared to price match if you speak to a manager.

Which Items Will Micro Center Not Cover?

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In addition to Micro Center’s policy to only price match items sold by Amazon, there are these additional conditions:

  • The item cannot be a clearance item
  • The item cannot be refurbished
  • The item cannot be an off-lease product
  • The item cannot be open boxed
  • There can be no coupons or promotions
  • The item cannot be out of stock
  • The item cannot be on special offer (i.e. Prime Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday)

The item must also be an exact match and Micro Center will check this by reference to the model and/or UPC number.


How to Price Match a Product Seen on Amazon at Micro Center

To secure a price match at Micro Center with a product seen on Amazon you should do the following:

  • In store: take an Amazon screenshot or present your phone with the Amazon page showing to the cashier or other staff member when purchasing your product. They will then look into this and hopefully match your price
  • Online: you can either email, phone or use Micro Center’s chat to discuss your price match. We advise that you have an Amazon screenshot or webpage link at your fingertips when you speak to someone. Contact Micro Center’s help page for further details on how to contact them

Hustler Tip:

When discussing price matching with the retailer’s sales person, always start the conversation off by asking if they will beat their competitor’s price before asking for a simple price match. Often you can actually secure a cheaper deal. This is especially true if you’re looking to spend a lot of cash.


Does Micro Center Offer Price Protection?

Micro Center does offer price protection.

What this means is that if Micro Center lowers the price of a product after you’ve purchased it, then you can speak to them for a refund of the difference in price.

This can be done for up to 30 days after purchase although items lowered due to Black Friday or Cyber Monday are excluded.

Moreover, if you see that another retailer has dropped the price since you purchased the item from Micro Center, then reach out to Micro Center and see if they will offer to refund the difference.


Final Thoughts

It is clear that Micro Center has a fairly open policy when it comes to price match and will apply its price match guarantee to most stores.

Whilst we note that it is seemingly against Micro Center’s policy to apply to price match to third-party retailers on Amazon, we still advise that you speak to Micro Center to see if they can help you.


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Oliver graduated from law school in 2008 and has practiced exclusively in the field of civil litigation for the last 10 years. He has a wealth of experience and expertise in litigation involving complex quantum and large financial losses. He has achieved numerous 7 figure settlements and has been involved in multi-billion dollar class-action consumer lawsuits against companies such as the Volkswagen Group. Away from the law, he is a personal finance writer, having been featured in key publications such as Yahoo Finance, GO Banking Rates, NewsBreak, MEL Magazine, and many more.



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