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Chewy.com vs. PetSmart.com vs. PetSmart in-store: Who has the best prices?

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Clark.com Staff

Savvy pet shoppers know that retail pet store PetSmart owns Chewy.com. PetSmart bought the e-commerce portal last year in a deal valued at $3.35 billion.

But are the prices any different at PetSmart stores than they are at Chewy.com? And how about the prices on PetSmart.com — are those different from both the store and Chewy?

We surveyed 25 items both in the store and online to find out…

Top Fin aquarium water 2.3 gallons

top fin aquarium water

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available online — Top Fin is a PetSmart private label exclusive
  • PetSmart.com price: $12.99
  • PetSmart in-store price: $13.99

Top Fin small gravel vacuum

top fin small gravel vacuum

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available online
  • PetSmart.com price: $10.99
  • PetSmart in-store price: $10.99

Marineland 60-Gallon Heartland LED Aquarium with Stand

marineland aquarium

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available online
  • PetSmart.com price: $369.99
  • PetSmart in-store price: $369.99

Bissell Pawsitively Clean Spotclean Pet Plus Portable Spot Cleaner

bissell pet cleaner

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available*
  • PetSmart.com price: $123.37
  • PetSmart in-store price: $139.99

*Chewy had a very similar product — the Bissell SpotBot Pet Hands-Free Portable Spot & Stain Carpet Cleaner — available online for $142.99

Bissell Pawsitively Clean Pro Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator Instant Clean Refill

bissell pet cleaning solution

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available
  • PetSmart.com price: $37.99
  • PetSmart in-store price: $41.99

Red Barn Naturals Bully Springs (3 count)

red barn naturals bully springs 3 count

  • Chewy.com price: $12.12 ($11.51 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart.com price: $18.29 ($17.38 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart in-store price: $18.49

Pur Luv Mini Bones Dog Treats (60 count)

pur luv bones bacon

  • Chewy.com price: $7.69
  • PetSmart.com price: $9.37
  • PetSmart in-store price: $12.99

Licks ElderDog Mobility + Digestion Dog Supplement

elderdog licks

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available
  • PetSmart.com price: $16.99 (10 count) and $32.48 (30 count)*
  • PetSmart in-store price: $15.99 (10 count) and $41.99 (30 count)

* Price reduced to $16.14 and $30.86 with Auto Ship & Save

Top Paw Scented Dog Pads (50 count)

top paw scented dog pads

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available — Top Paw is a PetSmart private label exclusive
  • PetSmart.com price: $19.99
  • PetSmart in-store price: $19.99

Nylabone Advanced Oral Care Natural Dog Dental Kit

nylabone tooth brush

  • Chewy.com price: $4.70
  • PetSmart.com price: $4.70
  • PetSmart in-store price: $13.49

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food (15 pounds)

blue puppy chow

Chewy.com: $27.99 ($26.59 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart.com: $27.99
PetSmart in-store: $33.99

Purina ONE SmartBlend Healthy Puppy Formula Premium Dry Dog Food (8-pound bag)

purina one puppy chow

  • Chewy.com price: $11.99 ($11.39 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart.com price: $12.02
  • PetSmart in-store price: $16.99

Bil-Jac Adult Select Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food (6 pounds)

biljac

Chewy.com: $18.99 ($18.04 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart.com: $18.99
PetSmart in-store: $19.99

Purina Beneful Healthy Weight Adult Dog Food – Chicken (31.1 pounds)

purina beneful

Chewy.com: $26.99 ($25.64 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart.com: $28.75
PetSmart in-store: $29.99

Cat MD Maximum Defense Plus Flea & Tick Topical

cat MD plus flea and tick

  • Chewy.com price: Product not available online
  • PetSmart.com price: $44.99 (3-month supply) and $64.99 (6-month supply)*
  • PetSmart in-store price: $39.99 (3-month supply) and $55.99 with PetPerks (6-month supply)**

* Priced reduced to $42.74 and $61.74 with Auto Ship & Save

** 6-month supply regularly priced $65.99

FRONTLINE Plus Cat Flea & Tick Treatment (6 treatments)

  • Chewy.com price: $56.39 ($53.57 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart.com price: $65.54 ($61.31 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart in-store price: $77.99 with PetPerks (regularly priced at $87.99)

Iams ProActive Health Healthy Adult Original with Chicken Dry Cat Food (7-pound bag)

iams proactive health

  • Chewy.com price: $12.57 ($11.94 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart.com price: $12.57
  • PetSmart in-store price: $16.99

Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Indoor Adult Cat Food (3-pound bag)

royal canin healthy adult

  • Chewy.com price: $15.29 ($14.53 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart.com price: $16.19 ($15.38 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart in-store price: $19.99

Fancy Feast Grilled Tuna (3-ounce can)

fancy feast grilled tuna

  • Chewy.com price: 59 cents/can, but only available in 24 packs for $14.16 for a 24-pack ($14.53 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart.com price: 59 cents/can
  • PetSmart in-store price: 59 cents/can unit price (buy 24 or more and pay 58 cents/can through June 30 with in-store special)

BLUE Naturally Fresh® Quick Clumping Cat Litter – Natural (14-pound bag)

blue cat litter

Chewy.com: $11.99 ($11.39 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart.com: $11.99 ($11.39 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart in-store: $15.99

Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Cat Litter, 15.4-lb Box

fresh step litter

  • Chewy.com price: $12.94
  • PetSmart.com price: $13.39 ($15.38 with AutoShip & Save)
  • PetSmart in-store price: $13.99

Oxbow Essential Adult Rabbit Food (5-pound bag)

oxbow essentials

  • Chewy.com: $10.62
  • PetSmart.com.com: $10.62 ($10.09 with Auto Ship & Save)
  • PetSmart in-store: $14.99

Oxbow Essential Adult Rabbit Food (5-pound bag)

Chewy.com: $11.04
PetSmart.com.com: $11.04 ($10.59 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart in-store: $14.99

Kaytee Clean & Cozy Small Animal Bedding (49.2 L)

kaytee bedding

Chewy.com: $12.99 ($12.34 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart.com.com: $12.99 ($12.34 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart in-store: $18.99

Marshall Premium Ferret Diet (22-ounce bag)

marshall ferret diet

Chewy.com: $6.09
PetSmart.com: $8.04 ($7.64 with Auto Ship & Save)
PetSmart in-store: $10.99

Conclusion

The results are clear: You’ll pay more if you choose to shop in-store! And when it comes to shopping online, Chewy.com is almost always cheaper than PetSmart.com — by a lot!

Not every item in our survey was carried by both Chewy.com and PetSmart.com plus our local PetSmart store. But when the stars aligned and we could make a direct head-to-head comparison, here’s how the final prices stacked up:

Chewy.com PetSmart.com PetSmart store
$247.55 $296.64 $365.00

Note: Our price tallies are exclusive of any AutoShip & Save and bulk discounts, though they do include PetPerks savings available to anyone through PetSmart’s free store loyalty program.

So for these particular items, PetSmart.com is almost 20% more expensive than Chewy.com. Meanwhile, shopping at a PetSmart store is nearly 50% more expensive than buying on Chewy!

But before you give up shopping at your local PetSmart entirely, there are a couple of ways you can mitigate the harm to your wallet if you still prefer the in-store experience.

1. Price matching – Ask the store to price-match either PetSmart.com or Chewy.com, depending upon whichever is lower. A cashier at our local PetSmart told us they routinely do this for customers. If you fail to comparison shop on your phone when you’re in the store, you will pay much more!

2. Couponing – Look for stealth coupons like this $2 off offer we saw on a bag of cat food. Coupons like these are typically stuck on packaging by either vendors or a manufacturer’s field rep.

iams proactive coupon

3. Expiration date shopping – Buy products that are close to their expiration date if you know you’ll use them up soon. The store will typically mark these products down by anywhere from 25% to 75% to make them move out the door before they have to pull them from the shelf. Keep in mind that these deals are going to be store-specific based on inventory. You’ll know these deals by the handwritten yellow sticker:

iams 40% off

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