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Monday, May 9, 2016

Is Target's Reseller Ban Hurting Couponers?

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Do you think it's getting more difficult to coupon at Target?

You may be right -- but it's not couponers that Target is, well, targeting.

It looks like the year-long struggle to ban resellers at Target is ratcheting up yet again -- and this time, it may be couponers who lose out.

Back in May of 2015, Target changed its store policies to cut down on resellers shopping their stores, following a huge PR incident during the launch of a Lilly Pulitzer mini collection.

Here's the language direct from the Target Terms and Conditions page:

LIMITATIONS ON QUANTITY 

Target does not offer additional discounts on large orders of a single item or on large orders of many individual items. In addition, we reserve the right to limit quantities on orders placed by the same account, on orders placed by the same credit card, and on orders that use the same billing or shipping address. We will notify you if such limits are applied. Target reserves the right to prohibit purchases of any merchandise to resellers. Resellers are defined as a company or an individual that purchases goods with the intention of selling them rather than using them.

But word on Facebook today is that Target is re-training their employees on how to identify resellers -- and the cues that employees should look for sound a LOT like what everyday couponers also do in the stores.

Here's a photo circulating on Facebook right now, that claims to be from the Target Asset Protection team:


So according to this photo, shoppers who attempt to buy in large quantities (and what constitutes 'large' isn't identified) or who want to use multiple discounts or do back-to-back transactions, could be identified as resellers and potentially refused service.

I suspect in an effort to thwart resellers, Target is going to accidentally -- or maybe 'accidentally' -- upset a lot of couponers who are just trying to stockpile for personal and family use.

Have you already experienced this in Target stores?  I would love to hear about it if you have -- please share your experiences in the comments below.


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