Walmart & Competitor Coupons – What Do They Accept?


There seems to be some confusion over which competitor coupons (Loblaws Coupon Zone or Rexall PharmaPlus etc coupons) Walmart stores accept and do not.  Walmart doesn’t actually accept competitor coupons, they use them for price-matching purposes because they have no way to get reimbursed for the coupon.  While some Walmart stores do accept any competitor coupons including cents off coupons, this is not the case for all stores nor their coupon guidelines which state:

Competitors coupons qualify if:

  • issued by a Canadian competitor
  • for a specific item for a specified price i.e. $2.99
  • buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupons for items with a specified price
  • they have a valid expiration date
  • and are acceptable in black, white or colour

So, as you can see from the image above, they would accept the shave gel coupon which states you save $2 and pay $2.99 (specific price), but would not accept the razor coupon as it is a cents off coupon and does not specify a price.

Are you lucky enough to have a Walmart store that accepts cents off coupons?

12 responses to “Walmart & Competitor Coupons – What Do They Accept?”

  1. shawna says:

    our walmart accepts cents off competitors coupons. The manager says as long as they have a Canadian remittance address and all the other coupon situpations they will accept them as they also get Co-op coupons in with their supply and according to the manager wal mart will get reimbursed for them… they just have Co-op on them to promote people going to co-op to purchase the item.

  2. Robin Monks says:

    Shawna, those are actually manufacturer’s coupons. I’ve never tried to use a Loblaws coupons at Walmart although I did manage to confuse a nofrill’s cashier once with a Loblaw’s coupon (they don’t have a coupon wall in their store and she’d never seen one before!)

  3. bhlombardy says:

    I believeThe difference is more the bottom line selling price is clear on one, not on the other.

    Take for example coupon A (Top) … “$2 off” — Off of what? If the original Loblaws price is $8.99 to start with then “$2 off” makes it $6.99 — Walmart’s price might already be lower at $5.99. But they have no way of knowing what the final selling price is when they don’t know what the original price is, so they have no means of “matching the price” — and that’s what it’s all about. They can’t be expected to take $2 off their price if it’s already lower.

    If the final selling price is actually on the coupon (Bottom). Then Walmart has a clear price to compete with it, and they can identify if their price is lower already or not, and match accordingly.

  4. bhlombardy says:

    Add to the above…that is to say if they are Store-centric coupons (ie: Loblaws specific coupons that are only good at Loblaws stores, for example.)

    Manufacturer coupons would be good anywhere anyway, including Walmart, of course.

  5. Shawna says:

    Ahh gotcha. Ya I’ve never tried to use a coupon zone coupon at walmart. I know the manager was saying they don’t take the printable coupons for specific stores like Safeways email direct coupons so I would imagine that applies to coupon zone and shoppers as well.

  6. Shelly Vernon says:

    I tried using a coupon zone coupon
    at freshco and they refused it.

  7. S says:

    I have had terrible experiences the last two times I used regular coupons at Walmart in Mississauga at Mavis/Matheson. This store used to be quite good with coupons but now, forget it! The cashiers have been instructed to scrutinize every coupon and if the cashier is not sure, the supervisor is called. If the supervisor is unsure, she takes the coupon away with her somewhere. I had one supervisor tell me that the Clorox coupon that you print online was a photocopy and therefore not acceptable. The end result – it takes forever to checkout. I have now decided it is not worth my effort at Walmart. I will go somewhere else. Has anyone else found this at Walmart or is it just this particular store?

    • FallenPixels says:

      It happened to me a while back at my local Walmart before I moved, I asked to speak to the manager (not just CSM) after multiple issues and it turned out that people were photoshopping coupons and that store had a high level of fraud.
      After a while, things calmed down and the manager said I could have them call her if I was having issues

  8. Preety says:

    My walmart accepts both types.

  9. Liz says:

    Has anyone tried to use the printable Target coupons at Walmart ? I was curious if they are accepting these.

  10. rockco says:

    Early May 2013, shopped at Walmart @ Mavis & Britannia…They restricted me to 1 clipped coupon (I had 2, 1 for me & 1 for mom). They said they only accept 1 of the same coupon. It’s a store specific policy. In Brampton, the stores accept a maximum of 6. Walmart Mavis is too restrictive as I cannot complete my shopping there,so going elsewhere.

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