Posted by Chuck on August 17, 2017
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Published on August 17th, 2017 | by Chuck


Gift Card Conversion in Target Stores is Dead

It used to be possible to use Target gift cards to buy third-party gift cards online at A while back, they began insta-cancelling such orders. However, in store it’s always worked to buy third-party gift cards (e.g. eBay, iTunes, restaurant) with Target gift cards. Until now.

As of around a week ago, you can no longer buy 3rd party gift cards with Target gift cards.

Target apparently rolled out an update to their checkout system with this being one of the changes. I noticed at self-checkout that the system doesn’t have the bagging requirement anymore like it used to, so when I scanned a case of water in my cart, for example, it doesn’t require the ‘Skip Bagging’ prompt anymore like in the old days. Self-checkout is much more manageable under the new system. I imagine this is part of the POS update.

Hat tip to @giftcardtalk

Side Note: There also seems to be a temporary gift card activation issue with iTunes gift cards bought from Target stores, according to @giftcardtalkIt’s probably a glitch in the new system.

36 Responses to Gift Card Conversion in Target Stores is Dead

  1. Brandon says:

    YMMV. I bought Disney and iTunes gift cards in store within the past week and there were no issues. I didn’t use self checkout FWIW.

  2. Deirdres says:

    Perhaps this is only at self-checkout, I haven’t seen any other report about this happening this week.

    • Chuck says:

      I guess it’s possible self-checkout only. I’ve seen a few reports. I assumed there wouldn’t be a difference, but it’s possible.

      • Chuck says:

        Confirmed now to be dead at cashier checkout too (from a friend).

        • RF says:

          I’d assume it’s just being rolled out in phases. We saw that same thing a few years back at Target…I don’t recall for sure but I think it was one of the changes that affected redbird loading. People in some regions were reporting the change had shut them down. Meanwhile I was able to continue doing (whatever it was) for a few more months before my local stores all got the change rolled out.

          • Danny says:

            I think the same thing. And I also used the same Redbird experience as well. It’s probably a POS update that slowly works their way through as the technicians get to the store. I remember in LA certain stores had the new POS and others didn’t for a little bit. The update is (probably) coming….

  3. blue9 says:

    Is it still possible to buy Target GC with Target GC? I used to pay with my GC balance when I need a smaller denomination Target GC as a gift.

  4. Mike says:

    Will Amazon be next?

  5. P says:

    I used to have such trouble using self check out when paying with mobile gift card, meaning it was impossible to pay with mobile gift card. Has that changed with this new update?

  6. MoreSun says:

    You’re off on this one- I’m seeing reports it’s still working at self-checkout and cashier for Disney cards at least (though technically they are “entertainment” cards or something like that).

  7. Tom says:

    Target has changed their online policy on gift cards. Not long ago, I could use a Target egift card bought at one of the gift card exchanges and order a physical Target card. Sometimes the egift card aren’t accepted in the store. Target would not accept my last Target egift card in the store but I was able to download it to my online account. I am hoping to use that in store.

  8. Tristan says:

    DP: I bought a Disney card last Friday with a Target GC at self-checkout and had no issues

  9. stacker says:

    Back in 2015 GameFlop updated their gc policy regionally over several weeks. Target may be doing the same thing.

    • mnymgr says:

      and what did they update at Gamestop if you care to share ?
      I know I have been asked for my ID if I but too many GC’s at GS
      Don’t care for that as they write it all down on a scrap piece of paper, kind of ridiculous.

      • stacker says:

        They updated their POS terminals to block gcs. They never asked for my ID. They have cancelled a lot of my online non gift card related orders because of out of stock issues and refused to pay cashback through cashback portals. That why I don’t particularly like GS.

  10. tommmie says:

    After reading this post, I hurried to a local Target store with $800+ target gc & successfully converted them all to $800+ other gc’s (about 1-hour ago today). Maybe it worked for me because my store probably has not updated their system ??

  11. NinjaX says:

    DP: West Coast

    Can confirm POS doesn’t process for ebay GC at cashier. Looks like invalid payment form.

    1) Didnt try self chekout
    2) Used GC buy gum just fine
    3) Didnt try multiple stores. maybe rolled out in stages.
    4) Didnt try Disneyland GC

    Could be YMMV. Will see. Will try again.

  12. Evan says:

    Seriously that still worked in store? I am holding several Target GCs and I thought it wouldn’t work in store because the T&C on the newer ones explicitly exclude GC purchases. I am so stupid for not trying this so far. I have to give it a try tomorrow.

    • NinjaX says:

      no. for a very long time its been banned and monitored by cashiers in store but never hard coded until now. no different than WM MO. same thing. i wouldnt say “it still works”. i would just say YMMV until its 100% system coded like online.

    • Evan says:

      No problem buying eBay GCs at two different stores. Too bad they didn’t have a bigger selection, but still better than nothing.

  13. fr33b13 says:

    Are there any more details on the glitch of iTunes activation on cards bought at Target?

    I bought 4 thanks to the advice from@giftcardtalk, but I only see the card #s of two cards on my receipt and was charged for 4 cards.

    • Chuck says:

      Yeah, it always only shows the first 2. That’s another problem, but it’s been here for long.

      But certainly keep your purchases to 4, not 6.

  14. Jonathan says:

    I bought $400 gift cards using target gift cards today. Just in case, I am going to purchase $1000 more next week to consume most of my remaining target gift cards.

  15. SK says:

    I think it might be the incident (the web link) triggering Target to take some action on gift card conversion…

    really no good…

  16. jerry says:

    Just bought some EBAY gift cards at self check out in Chicago yesterday.

    I bought $1000 worth of Target gift cards around last XMAS when they do the 10percent bonus thingee.

    Would have used them to buy giftcards on EBAY, but most of us know that story.

  17. Kenneth Wong says:

    Just bought some eBay gift cards at self checkout with Target gift cards in California.

  18. Mr. Points says:

    Have there been any more data points regarding purchasing third party gift cards with target gift cards?

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