Target Store App lures customers, raises prices as you get closer to store


Now isn’t that something? The Target store App you download to your smart phone is really smart. The app that gives you prices of store items mysteriously raises the price on items as you hit the parking lot.

Put this down as my consumer watchdog post for the week..


Target updated its smartphone app last Wednesday after a two-month investigation by Minneapolis TV station KARE-TV discovered the retail giant was advertising certain items for one price outside of stores, only to hike the price when a person entered a Target – in one case, by as much as nearly $150.

The station dubbed it the “parking lot price switch.”

For instance, Target’s app price for a particular Samsung 55-inch Smart TV was $499.99, but when we pulled into the parking lot of the Minnetonka store that price suddenly increased to $599.99 on the app.

To test this further, we selected 10 products on the Target app at random, ranging from toys to bottled water to vacuum cleaners. We found that when we entered the store, four of the 10 products jumped up in price on the app.

An Apple Watch band went up $2, a Shark vacuum went up $40, a Graco child car seat jumped $72 and a Dyson vacuum shot up $148 on the app while inside the store.

Our list of 10 items was a total of $262 cheaper in the back of the parking lot on the app with no indication that the prices had changed.  –KARE-TV


How does the app know you’ve entered a store?

When you download the Target app, it asks you if it can access your location. Enabling this allows you to see stores near you, and when you are inside a store it will show you where to go for specific items and deals. What Target does not clearly tell customers is it appears this function also triggers price changes as you approach the store. –KARE-TV



More over at Zero Hedge


14 Responses to “Target Store App lures customers, raises prices as you get closer to store”

  1. Linda Says:

    I don’t shop at Target–and don’t use a smart phone. So take that Target, lol.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      I would be lost without my phone… at this age, track away… I figure I am on any list of consequence. At night I would be lost without getting my directions.
      I can just say take a memo… and at this age that is what it has come down to…. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      • Linda Says:

        I just can’t afford a smart phone at this point in time…maybe when I start work…I do have a prepaid “dummy” phone that doesn’t do anything but call or text, LOL.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Mustang Says:

    Garsh, Mickey … this sounds exactly like the IRS once some dingbat employee figures out that you’re a conservative. Damn if we aren’t having the time of our lives …

    Liked by 2 people

  3. bydesign001 Says:

    I cut Target loose ten years ago.

    The one year that I decided to do my Christmas shopping in October, Target screwed me up royally. I ordered a desk set for my grandchildren, magnetic board and the works. The delivery date was around Veterans’ Day the following month.

    Although Target took my money ($300) the moment that I clicked “Submit Order.” I learned about three weeks after Target missed the delivery date that they did not have the items when I ordered them or after. It took me to the following April to get my money back.

    Their customer service (at that time, not sure if it’s better now) was useless. Even worse, Target did not provide contact information, an office, information online available or elsewhere. I couldn’t even find out the President, CEO, PR person, etc. They made it impossible to get a name, address or phone number. Clearly, this is (was) intentional.

    It was only through social media that I finally received contact information after which I made contact by phone, email and certified mail, return receipt requested….six months after the purchase date. Finally, an underling was told to call me. She asked if I would accept a credit. Wth? Two weeks later, I had a check in hand. No one should have to wait six months to be refunded their $300.00. Since then, Target has not received a dime from me.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      It is why Amazon is chewing up the competition. Ratings on most items from verified purchasers.
      Twice I had an E-mail to rate my purchase. 1000 happy people ratings get my bucks and at my doorstep delivery a real plus..


    • Kookooracharabioso Says:

      I never shopped there cause their prices on things like food & diapers were higher than anywhere. A few years ago they remodeled, expanded & spent alot of $ on huge glossy mailers. I went & they never had the advertised items. No substitutions allowed. In-store customer service hostile & dismissive to people asking about advertised items. Then my SIL helped her daughter with the grandkids & made huge purchase of school clothes trying to cover everything they might need for the entire school year. The employees saw her coming & offered her a store credit card but for some reason the register they were at would not accept the transaction. The employees helped her move all the items to another location. Happened several times. Eventually they got home to find that half of the items that she paid for weren’t in the car. She never was able to get resolution.
      Lastly but not leastly we notice that the majority of shoppers to our local Target are foreign born. WTH? Is that a government gift card they’re shopping with? How can so many non-English speakers find a job that enables them to buy all that stuff? (& no that isn’t Spanish they’re speaking) IDTS

      Liked by 1 person

      • bunkerville Says:

        Wow, now that was some story…. I know they are now into food big time with their super stores.
        I have never found much to make me want shop there. Thanks for stopping by,


  4. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    And they wonder why people prefer Amazon….? Even though Amazon is destroying American business…? This. This right here is part of it.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    I hear people still shop at Target.
    Even after the Christmas flap.
    Even after the veteran’s flap.

    Liked by 1 person

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