Posted by Chuck on December 3, 2018
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Published on December 3rd, 2018 | by Chuck

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Target Deactivating Some Gift Cards Bought on the 10%-Off Sale

Déjà vu.

Target is again deactivating some gift cards purchased on Sunday’s 10% off sale. Similar things happened in 2017 and 2016.

In the past, it was only when multiple cards were purchased with the same credit card that they deactivated them, I assume this time is the same. Not sure if they track across stores or only when the same card was used at the same store more multiple times. If you ordered more than one gift card online, it’s possible they’ll deactivate those duplicates as well.

All cards got activated at 10 am this morning, and some got subsequently deactivated. I don’t think everyone who bought more than one gift card on the same credit card is getting deactivated, probably only the heavy hitters.

Check your Target gift card balance here. And contribute your experiences in the comments.

Hat tip to @Zfink85



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Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Shocking no one….

eric
eric

u know if they give people refund or not ??

Sam
Sam

This is for the folks who got it online and in-store, correct?

Paul
Paul

well deserved. hope they take their time to refund

K
K

Why?

Miz
Miz

What do you mean by “more than one gift card”. Buying 3×$100 GCs would be “more than one gift card”. Is it included in your definition of “more than one gift cards”?

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

They obviously mean more than one $300 GC

DH7
DH7

so disappointed in these guys

Davy
Davy

Please tell me you’re referring to readers who were warned multiple times this would happen, just as in years past. No surprise or shock here. Stores have the right to enforce their T&C.

Bruce
Bruce

So who’s gonna sue them for this? Last time they deactivated when people used a Target gift card to buy another Target gift card, and then didn’t refund the original gift card. They just stole the money and ran.

icemule1
icemule1

I remember that. Super shady business practice.

Bruce
Bruce

And also lost customers for life in the process. Don’t treat your customers like crap. It will come back to bite you

Rick
Rick

Lol shutting down the heavy hitters who knowingly skirt the T&C is treating customers like crap now? IIRC all the money got refunded eventually, or there would’ve been a dozen class actions by now.

Bruce
Bruce

Get your facts straight. It wasn’t just heavy hitters. Many individuals who used a gift card to purchase just one gift card had the new gift card deactivated and the original was NEVER refunded. And the time and effort it takes to pursue a lawsuit isn’t worth it for most people, especially for a few hundred, or even few thousand dollars.

If they want to deactivate a gift card, go ahead and do it, but the original method of payment has to be refunded.

Oh, and using a gift card to buy a gift card wasn’t against the T&C back then (not sure if it is now).

Mark
Mark

+1

gman
gman

There are people that some businesses do not want as customers. The customer is not always right. Those that churn cards for example. Of the guy that uses lawn furniture all summer, then returns it. Or buys an outfit for a night out, then takes it back. The list goes on and on.

sam
sam

Don’t really care. You don’t get to not make good on a purchase OR refund the original payment method no matter how “unwanted” the customers are. Go ahead and tell the Dept. of Labor how you don’t want to pay someone for working one day because they made too many mistakes…If the posters above still have the info I definitely think its worth a BBB/Attorney General complaint even now. I hope they all figure out how to really stick it to Target if that really happened…which these days, I don’t doubt it did.

Alan
Alan

Stick it to target, right! 😆 The joke is on you, Bob!

Davy
Davy

And you didn’t already sue them for that? If that happened to you in a previous year and they haven’t made it right by now, you would have already pursued options to get your $ back.

Bruce
Bruce

Not worth my time to go after a huge corporation for a few hundred dollars

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Uhm…file a complaint with the BBB or the Department of Consumer Affairs. I’ve done it and it is forwarded directly to their corporate affairs office in Minneapolis and they can get just about anything done.

If you were one of the people who bought a GC with a GC and are out money if you have the original receipt showing this then I would definitely file the complaint and you will get your refund.

I kind of thought this was an obvious move…

Bruce
Bruce

Don’t really care to, not enough money to worry about. The point is, a customer shouldn’t have to do that. Target should have refunded the original method of payment if they want to reverse a transaction.

Seems kind of an obvious thing Target should do right?

BX
BX

Not true. Many customers dispose used gift cards so refunding gift cards without physical card being present is always problematic. Customers need to confirm they still possess the original form of payment for refund.

CARLOS
CARLOS

Ya ok.
So if you were so rich you wouldnt be churning to begin with.
Give me a break.

Bruce
Bruce

You’re making a lot of assumptions

Reg
Reg

Why is everyone being so mean to each other? Is it that hard to just be nice?

Sorry to hear that you lost out on money, especially if you followed all the rules.

And for everyone that is so mad at others for not following the terms, being mean won’t really persuade them.

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

All this for an extra 5% more than a target debit card gives everyday. Not to mention the multiple avenues to pick up Target gift cards for even cheaper.

Shame.

Mark
Mark

Where do you see Target gift cards at more than 10% off? I mean non shady places.

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Mark Chase offers for starters, Walgreens deals, Kroger deals, Wells Fargo deals. Just search for % back at stores that sell gift cards, there’s lots of deals out here right now.

Celia
Celia

+1 I bought a ton of Target GC at Meijer during their buy $50, get $5 offer. Coupled that with the 6% BCP and it ended up being better than the Target deal.

EatsPizza
EatsPizza

It’s not just the 5%, it’s the extra 5% PLUS putting your whole Target spend on a points earning card.

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

EatsPizza meanwhile you can go through google express right now and get 30% off your order (up to $20). As for getting spend on a CC, you can do that at higher % back stores with the right cards buying aforementioned Target gift cards there.

EatsPizza
EatsPizza

I haven’t found any stores in my area that sell Target gift cards. Could be a geographical thing since I’m in MN and we have a Target every few miles. So, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. But the 10% deal, works really well for me and my situation.

Charles Chang
Charles Chang

Target – Stupid

atexit8
atexit8

I saw people with a handful of them yesterday.

My mom only bought a $50 one.
If we had a Super Target nearby with more groceries, she would have bought a higher amount.

Dave
Dave

Bought $200 worth in one online transaction (2 x 100.00)
All good.

Ado
Ado

Lol !!

Mark
Mark

They are talking about people who bought the $300 maximum more than once. Some are egregious and buy 10 (or 100) times $300. Those are the people they are deactivating.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Definitely don’t load them into your Target wallet if you do that.

Dave
Dave

That isn’t mentioned in the header tho. Chuck: “If you ordered more than one gift card online, it’s possible they’ll deactivate those duplicates as well.”
Thank Mark

Mike
Mike

Greed

veeRob

I bought online through Paypal so Target wouldn’t know my CC. Was tempted to get a second one in-store, but decided against it since it would be the same name and I’ve probably used most of my cards with Target at some point. Wasn’t worth the risk imo.

Larry
Larry

They should really stop the purchase of the discounted GC at the point of sale instead.

Whatever information they’re using to identify “rule breakers” on Monday morning, they could just block the purchase.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Individual store managers and Target security go through the day’s purchase logs they then upload those to their district computers which manage usually 8-10 Target Stores.

Individual store managers void out identified rule breakers on their own, then the information is cross referenced with other stores in their district.

There is absolutely no way to do it on the spot that technology is far far away.

Ann
Ann

Good to know more about how this works, thanks. Sounds like you’ve worked there? Edit: Yep.

Glenn
Glenn

Wow there’s a lot of useless DPs here. I did a lot in store, but no more than 2-3 per CC. No issues balance checking so far.

Sam
Sam

Count your blessings.

BeanThinker
BeanThinker

maybe someone can explain this; what was the value of purchasing these in the first place? Unless you know of a large purchase coming up, I don’t know why you would lock in that cash for this deal considering you can get 5x off daily w/the RED card and can buy discount GCs online too. Unless it was for CC points, but again – seems like that is a lot of money to lock up for an MSR. Am I missing something?

OK216
OK216

You can sell the gift cards at break-even to certain sources, making it free credit card spend for a lot of points depending on how much you can manage to spend. I went pretty easy on it, but there are heavy hitters who did tens of thousands.

Emily
Emily

For those of us that buy groceries there every month it isn’t a hard choice to get 10% off up front. If you have a large family $300 in food, laundry detergent, etc., doesn’t go that far. Buy the kids toys for Christmas and you’re done with another $300. So even if you get $1200 that’s a couple months of target discounts. We just got $300 this year but we’ve done more in the past.

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