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Black Friday in Store Purchases
Why should I go to Target?
Mainly because most people, myself included, love to have a Thanksgiving meal, and still get some great deals. No longer will you be a slave to getting to a store at 12 PM Thanksgiving day, using the polices stated on this thread, you will be able to forget about those chaotic days, and welcome some methods that even allow you to get almost all items such as HD LCD TV's and LCD Monitors before Black Friday at the same price! Target has great deals and requires the least effort to get them!
Visiting the Store
Waiting in line is pointless and I don't recommend doing it because you can simply get price adjustments. If you wait until it's too late to buy the items, these tips will serve you well.
What time does the line start at Target?
Like most stores, it is based on your location. Normally, the lines aren't too bad and getting there a few hours in advance should do it unless the deal is a very, very, good bargain. In most cases, getting there at 3:00 AM should be fine. The line begins, however, at around 12:00 AM on Black Friday.
Does Target do wake-up calls?
Target used to in the past however the service no longer exists. There are a few companies who are doing them, however, the earliest is 6:00 AM, which is way too late for any sale.
Who should I take with me?
Everyone you can. While I like sending them off to another store, the more people, the faster it is to shop. Moreover, if you face an issue with people taking items from your cart, there are people there to watch over it.
How many of each item do they have at Target?
Target does not simply have 10 of one item and are very good at keeping high quantity of items. Moreover, in comparison to an electronic store, people will be looking for things outside of the one department so if your far back, it isn't much of an issue. They almost always have so much, you can come hours after the sale and still get everything on your list.
As posted, some stores have items everywhere, so it may be harder to find what you are looking for.
Does Target do tickets?
Yes and no. They do not ticket every item that they have but if they only have two of an item (which is pretty rare) they may hand out tickets for it.
How long does the line get?
Pretty long to say the least. As said before, even if you are the last in line, most of the time you can get what you want.
Are there Door Busters?
No. Target does not do Door Busters; all item prices last for two days, although the items most certainly don't!
What do I do as soon as I get into the store?
As soon as you get in the store get to the department of the item you believe will go the fastest and grab it. As stated, items aren't always in there correct departments. Typically, electronics do not stay long so put those at top priority! Some hot items that are talked about here aren't going to last long at all, so get there fast.
Does Target give out rain checks on Black Friday?
Once again, yes and no. It all depends on the item and store.
Is is like a riot in Target?
It is Black Friday... you can't expect much.
I want _____. How fast will it run out at?
It varies based on the stores talk and demand.
If you are first in line, can you get anything you want?
No. As stated before, Target does not do tickets therefore someone could simply get to where you want to be before you.
Does Target give out items (survival kits) to the people in line?
They used to, however no information has been located on it yet for this year.
How many people does Target let in at once?
It varies based on your location and firecode. Sometimes only a group or sometimes the entire line.
What are the hot items this year?
You can see based on what items are the most talked about in this forum.
I have further questions regarding my specific Target store.
Calling your local Target will get you most answers, but do wait until at the very least two weeks before as the employees will know more at that time. Be advised however they will be very busy and pretty stressed in result. Most of the time, it is best to ask for a manager to speak to. The number is under 'Department Stores' in Yellow Pages.
Target Success Plan
On Black Friday
1. Get up at two in the morning
2. Get out to your Target by 2:30 AM
4. Go get your items
Before Black Friday
1. Talk to the manager or a high up store employee, ask about any policies you are wondering about
2. Try to find out where the items will be (your best bet is to write a list of the items you want from the scan and try to find them around the store) although that's kind of pointless to do because you can simply get a price adjustment.
Target's Price Adjustment Policy
How can I get an item before Black Friday at the Black Friday price?
Target has a price adjustment policy in which will allow you to adjust the price of an item within two weeks of the date of purchase if advertise a lower price on the item. Therefore, most Black Friday items such as TV's, Monitors, Games, and Movies are already out thus you can buy them, come back at any time on Black Friday or Saturday, and get a Price Adjustment.
How do I know that this works?
After Black Friday last year I created this thread (link) to see how everything went and it turned out most people got their adjustment perfectly fine. They have also sent out emails stating that they are doing it once again.
What is their policy?
If you buy an item in advance of Black Friday (or any day, for that matter), and within two weeks, if Target advertises a lower price, they will match the price and refund the difference.
Is this in effect for all stores on Black Friday?
Yes, although some managers do not honor the policy. For more information you may wish to see the question regarding what happens when the policy is not honored or better yet, talk to the store manager.
Why do some stores not know of this?
The managers do what they feel is best without corporate instruction, and do not listen to the corporate office, or simply do not know the policy is in effect.
How can I claim this policy?
1.) Go to Target within two weeks advanced of Black Friday and purchase all of your Black Friday items. Ring them up on a charge and do NOT open them until you get the adjustment in case something goes wrong - this is a must! Triple check the model numbers.
2.) Come back on either day of the two day sale whatever time you like.
3.) Head to the Guest Service desk and hand them your receipt for the items (you don't need to bring the actual items).
4.) You get your price adjustment(s).
Why should I use a charge and not open them?
If for whatever reason the store refutes to do the adjustment, you could take them back very easily.
What can I do to ensure I get the proper adjustment?
There are several things you could do, but most of all, be polite and don't be rude, even if they are to you. The employees are most likely tired from all the holiday stress, and an annoying customer isn't exactly going to make them want to run the extra mile, so try your best to be nice, calm, and personable. If that approach doesn't work, chances are these will:
1.) Refer to their policy written on the wall.
2.) Get the policy emailed by the corporate website (Make sure the response is sent to you and no one else has used it)
3.) Call the district manager or make a threat to do so by asking for the number
4.) Threaten to not leave until you get the adjustment
Why should I not use someone else's email they sent to Target?
You should get your own as if they look up the Thread ID and find this letter was looked up 432 times today, they may decline your claim. Moreover, if the letter was addressed to Heather, and your name is Mike, you aren't going to pull it off.
What is Target's email?
firstname.lastname@example.org is Target's email. Most typically get a reply within 6 hours.
Can I buy something in advance and return it to rebuy?
No. It takes them a while to get it back on the shelf, if they chose to put it back. Moreover, Black Friday is to bring people to the stores with hopes of getting the deals and buy something else while you are out there.
Does Target do Price Matching?
No, they do not. Price Matching is when you another store advertises a lower price and they will match the price. However, they do price adjustments which is very different. Don't try to ask for them to price match when you try to get an adjustment, they'll say no and you'll be wondering why.
Good luck at Target and I hope you get what you are looking for
Edited by mysticmage, Nov 18, 2008 - 7:04 pm.
spelling, grammar, added new material based on current information