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Info Thread for Target stores - www.target.com

Target store policies: http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP0...

Target coupon policy: http://www.target.com/HelpContent?help=/sites/html/TargetOnline/...

Target Printable Coupons: http://coupons.target.com/

Target clearance thread: http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1129247/


Store policies


Price Matching
  • How does price matching work?
    -If you find an item in a competitor's printed ad that is priced lower than it is at your Target store, we will match the price. The competitor's ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number.

  • What if I've already made the purchase at Target?
    -No problem. Within seven days of purchase, bring your Target receipt and the competitor 's current printed ad.

  • What qualifies as proof of a competitor's advertisement?
    -Please show us the entire printed advertisement.

  • What does 'identical store item' mean?
    -The program covers items with the identical brand name, size, weight, quantity and model number of the item at Target stores.

  • Can I use coupons when price matching?
    -A guest can use coupons when price matching per Target's normal coupon policy. When the guests presents a coupon(s), these steps will be followed:


    •Manufacturer Coupons:
    Manufacturer coupons will be applied after the price match is made.

    •Target Coupons:
    Target coupons will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor's price.

    •Combining both a Target and Manufacturer Coupons:
    The Target coupon will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor's price. Once the price match is made the manufacturer coupon will be applied.

    •Reminder: We accept one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item unless either coupon prohibits it.


  • EXCLUDES: Owned brands (i.e., Home, Merona, Circo, Market Pantry and Archer Farms), Non-branded items (e.g. produce not marketed under a specific brand name)



Coupon policy
  • Manufacturer & Target coupons:
    • Target accepts one Manufacturer Coupon and one Target Coupon for the same item (unless prohibited by either coupon).
    • Item purchased must match the coupon description (brand, size, quantity, color, flavor, etc.).
    • Coupon amount may be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied.
    • We can't give Cash Back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item.
    • All applicable sales taxes are paid by the guest at the full value of the item.

  • Internet (print-at-home) coupons:
    • We gladly accept valid Internet coupons that contain a clear and scannable bar code.
    • We do not accept Internet coupons for free items with no purchase requirements.

  • Mobile coupons:
    • Guests can receive Target Mobile Coupons by signing up for Text Alerts at Target.com/mobile or by texting COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET).
    • Message and data rates may apply. See site for full details.
    • To redeem, simply show your coupon barcode to the cashier. With one simple scan, all applicable coupons are applied.

  • Buy one get one free coupons (BOGO):
    • BOGO coupons cannot be combined (i.e. you cannot use two BOGO coupons on two items and get both for free).
    • A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item.
    If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon maybe used on the first item.
    If a Manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item.

  • exclusions:
    • We can't accept coupons from other retailers.
    • We do not accept expired coupons.



General Guidelines
  • It's a good idea to print out their policies and take it with you (or just put a copy in the car) when you shop at Target. Unfortunately some of their employees are either untrained or simply don't care and occasionally try to make up their own rules that vary from the actual store policy. If and when this happens, ask to see their copy first. Then, if need, produce or retrieve your own. You may be able to pull it up on the registry kiosks, however most if not all no longer support printing.

  • Some stores have limited the use of store coupons to one per person or one per transaction. The Target coupons themselves actually vary with the wording on each; you can try arguing your point but YMMV. Store policy (manager's discretion) usually wins. As far as I know, store managers can also limit purchase quantities of high demand items.

  • If you have a problem with using coupons or "doing a deal" at one store, try another. You may even have better luck if you come back during a different shift. More often than not, it's a select few employees that take it upon themselves to police the transactions and scrutinize customers. General practices and employee attitudes can be surprisingly different within such a short distance.

  • STUFF GOES FAST! If there is a freebie, and there are select re-occurring ones, they will be cleaned from the shelves very quickly....sometimes within a few hours (depending on the concentration of people in the area). It's always helpful to try and wait to combine trips, but if you aren't going to be heading there within a short time after word gets around, don't expect to get any. That being said...Target is usually pretty good about keeping things in stock.

  • When there is a really good deal, PLEASE don't be one of "those people" and try to go through the line with a shopping cart full of free Sobe water (some people know what that's a reference to). Not only are you screwing over all the other people who wanted to get in on the deal, but you're also ticking off the people behind you in line, creating a headache for the cashier, and likely pushing the management toward creating or enforcing usage limits. If you want to do it more than once, that's fine...just don't clean out the shelves, don't do it all at one store, and don't try and use an obnoxious number of coupons at once (IE. 50 would not be a good idea).

  • It is a good idea to take people shopping with you, when possible. It looks better when arguing the "two Target prints per computer rule" and helps to justify a larger number of purchases.

  • If you chose to print coupons from the Target website, you will have to install a coupon plugin (yes, another one). Do not worry, IT IS NOT A VIRUS! I cannot count how many times the issue has come up, but, these are completely safe. No one is trying to infect your computer or tell the aliens where to aim their Ori Beam Cannons.

  • Strangely enough, Target coupons have been disappearing and reappearing lately with the restrictions (trial/travel) removed...and in some cases, added. I have no idea why it's happening, but you may get one version initially, then hear of someone else getting a different coupon. There has been a lot of discussion over whether this is happening intentionally as well as whether it's okay to use them. So far it seems alright as long as they scan at the register. However, whether the cashier accepts the coupon is up to them. For all they know, it could be a copy of a coupon they'd already seen, but with the restrictions edited out. YMMV.




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