PRIZE DRAWING: Because I Love Target, Even Though They Have Slightly Higher Prices Than Other Big-Box Stores

Target has plastic carts

I go to Target a lot.

I know my nearest Target store so well that you could tell me a product to find, blindfold me, and I’ll bring that product to you within 10 minutes, while causing hundreds of dollars in damages and probably accidental groping as my hands feel what’s in front of me.

I have a deep fondness for Target because I can almost always find something new to review, I love their clearance shelves, and they have sexy, curvy red carts. Sure, Target is a little pricer than other big-box stores, but it’s the only place I can buy Hello Kitty Duct Tape.

So to celebrate my love of Target, The Impulsive Buy will be giving away a $25 Target gift card to one lucky reader.

To enter The Impulsive Buy’s Target gift card drawing, leave a comment with THIS post. I don’t care what you say in your comment, but it would be nice if you tried to convince me I’m wrong about Target by saying something bad about it or support my belief that Target is 1,000,000 times better than Kmart.

Please don’t forget to fill out the email field because I’ll be emailing the winner for his or her mailing address. The Impulsive Buy will stop accepting entries on Friday, October 28, 2011 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Only one comment allowed per person, and it’s only open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years old.

For those of you who have a Twitter account, you can get an additional entry by tweeting the following by Friday, October 28, 2011 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time:

@theimpulsivebuy I wonder if Kmart stores dream about being Target stores.

So just copy, paste, and tweet. Only one tweet per Twitter account.

Good luck!

Fine Print: Target is not affiliated with this prize drawing. The Impulsive Buy promises your email address will not be used to send you email asking if you’d like female enhancement. The Impulsive Buy also promises your mailing address will not be used to send you AARP mailings. Bribes will not be accepted. The Impulsive Buy will not be responsible for lost mail, damaged mail, or you having to shop at Kmart.

279 thoughts to “PRIZE DRAWING: Because I Love Target, Even Though They Have Slightly Higher Prices Than Other Big-Box Stores”

  1. Target’s one of my favorite stores & I generally try to avoid it because I walk out having spent more than I’d like. Case in point, I went there tonight & left with a flannel shirt & earrings. Did I need either? Nope.

  2. Target is awesome! Love their store brand cheesy breadsticks and their after-holiday clearance candy deals lol!

  3. well seeing as the kmart that use to be in my area shut down and their old space is currently a target it’s only plausible that target is better than kmart

  4. Target is an important part of my shopping life – coffee and hats. I’ve never had anything bad from their Archer Farms label, and I just bought a Darth Vader skullcap at 20% off today.

    I do wish they were open 24hrs, and that perhaps there was one in my area with a full grocery section. I understand that in some places both of those things happen.

  5. Shopping at Target is such a treat compared to shopping at Walhell…Oh how I miss fighting to get past the hoards of mullet wearing, pajama wearing um “folks” at the big Wally…Target is starting to lower their prices on alot of things and honestly, Walmart has people brainwashed into thinking that everything there is cheaper….Tarjay forever!

  6. My love for Target started back in the AOL days when there was a Target Clearance Chat Room. They knew what days the items were marked down and deals that could be found. That is about all I miss about AOL.

  7. I worked at Target for like 3 days – they train their cashiers in the stupidest way! BUT
    I do still shop there way more than I thought I would after I yelled at them and quit hahahah

  8. Nothing bad to say about target. I avoid wally world at all costs. target is much more classier!

  9. I like Target, but you can’t get tar there contrary to the name. Also, I’ll take the opportunity to point out that Hello Kitty Duct Tape sounds like a piece of evidence from the Casey Anthony trial.

  10. Shopping at Target doesn’t come along with the guilt of shopping at Walmart or the sleaze of shopping at Kmart. That’s why it’s a little pricier.

  11. Target is the upscale Walmart and will always surpass them and K-Mart. Who even goes to K-Mart any more?

  12. The worst thing about Target is that you can never, ever leave with just the one thing you came in to buy! It’s my favorite store though.

  13. Of course, Target is MULTIPLE DEGREES OF MAGNITUDE better than Kmart.

    They have even been beating Walmart on PRICE on some things lately.

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/07/news/companies/walmart_target_better_price/index.htm

    On the other hand, they’ve been caught supporting scumbag rightwingnut politicians more than Walmart lately, so it evens out.

    Still, whenever some alarmist talks about Terrorists “targeting America”, I think of the giant bullseye Targ puts on every one of its stores and worry…

    The nearest Targets to me used to be 20+ miles up and down Highway 101, but they have fixed that now, putting one across the street from Costco, which had been my closest BigBox. So now I’m targeting Target a lot more. Nothing like a store so new its floor squeeks, so there is no doubt that gift card will get fully utilized.

  14. I heart Target and have to take a one hour drive to get there…I just spent over 2 hours in Target tonight (on a weekend road trip) and could have spend another 1 1/2 hours in there, EASY. Where else can you buy a set of Simpsons glasses, pretzel chips, and a Plants vs. Aliens video game? Don’t answer that because I don’t care–you can’t buy a soft pretzel at a cafeteria at Kmart or Walmart, can you? Nope, you can’t.

  15. Target always has what I want, they even have a nice grocery section now. It’s like my one stop place for everything

  16. Oh man, Target. I have had no desire to ever step foot in a Wal-Mart again now that I have access to a Target. Freedom!

  17. I love me some Target. When I was a kid there was one within walking distance to my bestfriend’s house, so we would walk down there buy cheap slurpies and browse the toy aisles to dream we could have everything. It was always fun ^_^
    Now as an adult I love their clothing, shoes, and groceries. =D

  18. Need to get up to speed with walmart; 24 hour stores, self-checkout AND door greeters (more old people need employment)!

  19. I don’t have anything bad to say about Target either. While typically they carry the same stuff as every other store, they still seem to do a better job of selling it to me. Their quality is typically better and the assortment of products is better organized.

    Also I agree with you in that they always seem to carry limited edition products. Which just screams BUY ME NOW when I walk by it.

  20. I love Target because I work there and get 10% off (+5% w/ the debit/credit card).

    I mean, that’s not the ONLY reason I like it–but it doesn’t hurt 😉

  21. I sure do love their baby aisle! I can make my daughter look like a multimillion bucks (because my daughter alone is already a million bucks) by getting her clothes there ~

  22. Target never smells like piss and despair the way Walmart does.

    Impulsive Buy, you have inspired me. I bought a terrifying looking snack at CVS the other day. I’m still working up the nerve to eat it. Even if it ends up terrible, it may be the best fifty four cents I’ve spent in ages.

  23. There are inconsistencies with Targets in my area. One stays open till 11 while others close at the usual 10. And older Targets haven’t updated to the newer carts, which are really nice.

    THe newest “Super” target next to my house has the smallest produce section ever. And then also a small grocery section. I can’t find much that I need, but they always have interesting things other places don’t sell.

    Also they cloase exactly at 10. The lights automatically shut off and everything.

  24. I love Target!! I wish we had the full grocery store one here in my area of MI. The Kmarts here seem dirty all the time.

  25. Commenty goodness! I love Target. Yea, they are a dollar or two more expensive than Wally World, but at least they have nice people, clean stores and good customer service. 🙂

  26. look, i don’t care if target is obviously the shopping place of satan. they have starbucks in their stores. which makes me happy. and saves me time. now if only they would add a liquor store i’d never have to shop anywhere else.

  27. Oh Target….how you tempt me with your rows of $1 bargains. I know I should resist, but I cannot. Why do I think I will find something amazing for $1 – even though time has proven that not to be true?? It’s like buying something from a grabbag – and just hoping THIS time something magical will emerge.

    Thanks so much for the contest, TIB

  28. Best non-purchase part of Target? Not having to count PPMs seen at Kmart or Wal-Mart. A PPM is a unit of measure which stands for: Ponytails Per Man.

  29. Target is bomb. Can’t say anything negative about them with their cleanliness and non-crappy $1 section and great selection otherwise, except my nearest Target hyped up a fresh produce section for ages, and I was expecting neat, orderly rows of fruit, but it was kind of a let down. It’s OK, who eats fresh fruits and vegetables anyway am I right????

  30. I don’t care what you say in your comment, but it would be nice if you tried to convince me I’m wrong about Target by saying something bad about it or support my belief that Target is 1,000,000 times better than Kmart.

  31. I don’t care what you say in your comment, but it would be nice if you tried to convince me I’m wrong about Target by saying something bad about it or support my belief that Target is 1,000,000 times better than Kmart.

  32. In my area, Taget is the best big box store. The KMart is run down and falling apart. The closest Wal-Mart is either across the river or down the highway and more difficult to get to. The Target is great. At the mall, usually well stocked, and a great place to stop and pick something up quick.

  33. I hate Target. I hate Target because I go in for a box of Ziplock baggies and leave with $100 minimum of who knows what. And thats with my “no cart” rule. I can only buy what I can carry. No cart. No basket. I can carry alot. OK so I love Target.

  34. I love Target, especially their dollar section… it’s the only place within a 20 mile radius that I’ve ever seen Japanese candy. (Just Hello Panda, but hey, living in the middle of nowhere, I’ll take it.)

  35. Target > Walmart > Kmart … And the people are (generally) less scary, and the check-outs are (usually) open in sufficient number, and even if the prices are (mostly) higher than some other stores, at least they have crazy spiffy red plastic carts.

    And the one nearest me has big red ball “sculptures” around its frontage. I like ’em.

  36. Ahh, Target is my #1 love! My favorite thing about it, is probably the ability to stack Target coupons with manufacturer’s coupons on the same product. It definitely makes for one thrifty deal!

  37. For the clearance food, the clearance men’s rack, the clearance toiletries…Target wins. Can you tell I’m on a serious budget?

  38. Target is amazing-they have everything and are far superior to the unfortunate Wal-Mart/K-Mart contingent. Your obsession is definitely justified.

  39. Mmmm the smell of popcorn as you walk in, the always enticing “archer farms” products, the magical little dollar goodie section…. I’m sorry but I’ve don’t the math over and over and Target is actually 1,000,000,000 times better than ratty old Kmart.

  40. My 4 months working at Kmart have left me with nothing but terrible things to say about that store… hell, walmart is 1,000,000 times better than Kmart. We can then plug that into the equation where 2(Walmart) x 10(Kmart) = Target. And we end up with 2(1,000,000) x 10(1) = 20,000,000. Therefore, Target is 20,000,000 times better than Kmart, and a solid 20 times better than Walmart.

  41. Walmart….the goal is to get in and out as quickly as possible.

    Target…the goal is finding more reasons to stay LONGER!

  42. I rather spend more at target than go to Walmart and get YELLED AT MY AN EMPLOYEE FOR NOT LOOKING HARD ENOUGH FOR AN ITEM. sfjghljsfgh TRASH.

  43. Target is my favorite big box store to go to! I usually always find what I’m looking for. The only negative thing I could say about it is that I hate being mistaken for an employee when I foolishly decide to wear red when going to Target.

  44. Target overall is OK but the grocery section really sucks. The veggies are always in horrible shape and the meat sits in those carbon monoxide packs that keep it pink for centuries.

  45. Once upon a time I used to loathe Target. Not because of how great they were, or how much more expensive they were, or how much fancier they were than the average other stores, but because of their ability to suck me in to all of their shiny, comfortable, fun, things I don’t need. But then I met this man. And all he would do is shop at Target. So I had to change my viewpoint and face my fears. And try to leave Target without spending over $100. I am still working on this, but there are just some things we will do for love.

  46. One of the great things about Target is it’s the only store that carries Giada De Laurentiis’ tomato basil pasta sauce (among her other products.) It’s a very simple sauce with high quality ingredients (tomatoes are the first ingredient, not tomato puree), that is super cheap. I go to Target just for this product. She has four other varieties of sauces, three of which I have tried, but the tomato basil is the best. Her boxed Minestrone soup is great too, just add oil, fresh chopped onion, diced tomatoes, and vegetable stock. This is really turning into a long winded comment and a bit of a commercial for Target.

  47. OK, anything’s better than K-Mart! My Target’s clear on the other side of town and I already have a $10 gift card to use for having to sit at my doctor’s office for 2 hours. Another gift card would make the trip across town worth it!

  48. I spent my 4 years of college working at a Target. It was hell. Although it took me about a year after quitting to stop feeling a little nauseous everytime I passed a Target or saw a Target ad, I still love shopping there.

  49. I love Target but that Missoni line sucked. Ugly & cheap. I wish they’d get Orla Kiely to do another line. I love their cheap contact lens solution and their store brand Crystal Light Ice Tea Mix which is nearly $3 cheaper than Crystal Light.

  50. Target is the best! Yes, their prices are higher, but when you combine Target coupons with manufacturer coupons you can get some great deals.

  51. I suspect that both Kmart and Walmart stores dream about being Target stores… and then they burst into tears of shame when they wake up to find that it was only a beautiful, beautiful dream.

  52. of course target is better than kmart, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen/been in a kmart

  53. Between my frequent visits to the Target in my hometown and the one near my college, I could almost find my way around blindfolded, but since both are different in subtle-but-evil ways, I’m sure I’d walk straight into the picture frames.

  54. I love Target. It’s way better than Kmart and Walmart. I worked for Walmart for about 6 years. That company really is as bad as people say it is.

    The only things that could make Target better is to lower prices, and install self-checkouts.

  55. I’m pretty surprised that in 130+ comments, no one has mentioned that the one area where K-Mart beats Target is in ease of parking. There is ALWAYS plenty of parking at Kmart.

    (I shop at Target!)

  56. Target still has a decent dvd section. most of the stores around here are slowly shrinking the dvd/cd section down to nothing

  57. Target is awesome because they always have the ice cream flavors I search for and can’t find anywhere else. That alone makes target the greatest store in the nation.

  58. My son just wishes we could get him one limited edition halo toy at target but money is tight coming into christmas this year.

  59. My college town has a Super Target. Walking into a Super Target makes you want to cry in sheer joy.. I had a basic list of first aid supplies and dorm food but ended walking out with 150+ of clothing and ice cream. How can you not love a store that has exclusive Ben and Jerry’s flavors?

  60. Target makes me think of the “bet you can’t eat just one” slogan of Lays. You go in there for just a few items….and you leave with a ton of things you totally do not need. But they make you happy, and they were on SUCH a good sale!

  61. I love Target. They have neat stuff. My dad works for Kmart Distribution and I can honestly say I love target 100. % more than Kmart!

    Plus target.com has amazing deals.

  62. I wanna dip my balls in THIS post as well! In fact, I think Louie would want to dip his balls in all the Targets. :o)

  63. My mom works at Walmart, so naturally we don’t get to Target that often. It’s a shame too, because the Target here in town is far superior to Walmart: freshly renovated in warm colors as opposed to the sterile (they call it “sleek”) blue and white of Walmart, filled with usually helpful employees. Not to mention they’re the only place in town that carries twelve-can packs of Mountain Dew’s limited edition varieties like Pitch Black and Game Fuel.

  64. OK, I can bad mouth Target. Would it kill Target to carry 5W30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil? I had to make two trips sonsofbishes.

  65. Good produce and a decent price. Nice and bright–and the shelves are usually stocked unlike our other big box.

  66. I feel like target is so artificial, it’s weird. I like it and all, but the way the store feels, and looks, the way they package some stuff…I feel like I’m in some plastic landscape barbie wonderland.

  67. I’m glad Target isn’t open 24 hours for 2 reasons:
    1. I’d be broke for spending money there at 2am on something I clearly didn’t need earlier in the day.
    2. It keeps the riff-raff at Walmart.

  68. One bad thing about Target is that the closest one is 300 miles away!!! I love how they have a different variety. And Kmart…. wow… I can’t believe they are still open in some places (they all closed in Alaska a long time ago).

  69. Target is great, the only thing that is missing is the pure entertainment you get by shopping at Walmart.

  70. I love Target! Best place ever, especially since our local one just got groceries. I also love The Impulsive Buy. Where else can I find out what products rock and which ones suck!? 🙂

  71. The only bad thing I have to say is that their awesome product selection makes it way too easy to too much money each time I shop there!! 🙂

  72. Target has to be the BEST place to shop. It has every department you ever need AND their clothes are really decent!

  73. Um, I end up going to WalMart all the time only because it is closer to my house but I do like Target a lot better.

  74. I can’t ever leave without looking through the little $1 section in the entry. I also love that I can get my Starbucks and shop!

  75. Target is great, especially because they have awesome internet coupons! (which I then use at walmart…)

  76. Target’s popcorn is 1/4 of the price and 100% better-tasting than the local movie theater’s. Yet another reason why Target rocks! (I’m a little embarrassed that we go there so often that random workers–not people we know personally!– sometimes see me looking for my husband and tell me which section he’s in.)

  77. I can’t even with Kmart. The only nice ones I’ve seen are the ones in toursity parts of NYC. Target is #1, my favorite store. I personally think they are sometimes cheaper than Wal-Mart

  78. Target is amazing. They are the only store that sells pizza goldfish–not their Flavor Blasted Xplosion Pizza goldfish, which are far inferior–but original pizza goldfish. For that, and for many other reasons too numerous to mention, Target rules.

  79. Target is awesome. Kmart is an embarrassment. And honestly there are some products that are consistently cheaper at Target than at other stores! (I always buy tuna at target. Even when not on sale, their fresh packs of tuna or whatever they’re called are a good price.)

  80. I WANT to like Target…but somehow, every time I walk into one of their stores, I just SEE RED!!!!!!!

  81. Target is definitely my crack. I don’t know how they do it, but I go there determined to only spend $5 on my eye makeup remover, but leave the store with at least $60 of stuff.

  82. My experience tells me that Target is not more expensive. My grocery bills between Super Wally and SuperTarget are a wash. Some things are cheaper at Target, some are cheaper at walmart!

  83. Our Target recently got an upgrade, but really they just added a few more shelves of groceries and some apples and cheese. LAME! I would NEVR get groceries at Target. Who does that??

  84. The only thing I dislike about my target is that when they upgraded to include groceries, they didn’t go full-size like those in nearby towns. I need more archer farms product in my life.

  85. Target is by far the best retailer out there. I can never walk in and just get what I’m there for, that would be too easy. Instead I travel the clearance sections, food, eletronics and end up with way more stuff than I went in for. Target has been taking my money for many moons, and Kmart can never compare…

  86. I prefer Target to my local Kmart, mainly because it’s so much CLEANER and smells a bazillion times better… and they actually have things on the shelves, instead of several rows of nothing, or ripped open bags of chips, or dented packages…. yes. Target FTW.

  87. My argument that Target is better than K-Mart is that I was not actually aware that K-Mart is still in business. People still shop there?!

  88. Loveeee Impulsive Buy and Target!! They certainly do have higher prices but I also find more variety. Loveeee their private label-Archer Farms-Market Pantry too!! 😉

  89. Target can be made to sound fancy and French, and is therefore about 1,000,000 times more awesome than K-Mart…which really sounds disgusting no matter which language you say it in.

  90. That sure is some odd target shopping carts in the pic. I wish my target had that I would feel all space aged.

  91. i actually love kmart- no one hip ever shops there, and so i never have a problem finding old lady beige heels or white loafers in my size.

  92. Walmart is better than Target because they’re open 24 hours and they are cheaper. And our Walmart is “Super”, while our Target is not.

    Also, I like shopping there in spite of all the self-righteous people who refuse to do so. That being said, I’ll gladly take a $25 gift card off your hands. Anything good enough for Marvo is good enough for me.

  93. target is awesome but when they dump their location for new digs across town and leave their old building just chilling, it’s kind of an eyesore. just sayin.

  94. I hear that some people like to shop at Target because they can pick up better looking chicks there than at Walmart.

  95. I love target mostly because it provides an alternative to the only other box store in the area: a particularly nasty Walmart in a bad part of town.

  96. I’m foregoing persuasion for favor of the old Mitch Hedberg joke:
    “I walked into Target, but I missed. I think the entrance to Target should have people splattered all around. And, when I finally get in, the guy says, ‘Can I help you?’ ‘Just practicing.'”

  97. I’d like to think that the rounded corners on the shopping carts do less damage when they plow into the side of my car.

  98. I have no idea what a Target is but I will now begin to search for this enchanted place at the behest of my favorite blog. : )

  99. I usually shop at KMart because the closest Target is an hour away, but I’d find a way to get there if I had a gift card 🙂

  100. The almond/cashew/peanut butter and superior candy selection are worth the near-death, but convenient, bike trip, or safer, more time-consuming public transit ride across the city.

  101. Is Target better than K-Mart? I don’t know, but there are at least 3 Target stores in the vicinity of my house, and I don’t even know where the nearest KMart is. Target gift card? If I win it my dear old mom would get a Christmas gift upgrade!

  102. Target is my happy place. It’s where I go whenever I am grumpy. It is the best place ever and I think Santa must live there.

  103. Every Kmart in the cities I’ve lived in have been run down or just plain vacant. Target was selling boxes of Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry 3 for 8 dollars so they win by default.

  104. I might be the only person in America who has never been to Target, so you should give me the gift card so that I can check out what all the hype is about. Also, I am a college student who is broke and hungry 😉 Support educational advancement! Especially since I am studying nutrition!

  105. I love me some Target! I find the most random stuff there sometimes (like Hello Kitty duct tape) but its definitely my go to place

  106. I get many of my impulse buys at Target- Pop Tarts con Queso, Cheezits with Mesquite Marshmallow Bits, Wasabi Airheads, Livermint Stride Gum, Chocolate Tic Tacs (use a visual)…

  107. I don’t know how I feel about Target sometimes, but I will definitely always feel that it is better than the “Marts”.

  108. I like Target even though it is pricier. I do have the Target Check card which allows me to save 5%, but I just have to plan on spending $50 no matter what every time I go into Target. They do have great dollar deals! 🙂

  109. I absofreakinglutley love target. Just sux though cuz my nearest one is 30 minutes away by interstate, which is under construction so that makes it a 1 hr drive, but I have walmart right down the street which I HATE with a blooming purple passion. TARGET ROCKS MY BLUE AND LIME GREEN POLKA DOTTED PINK SOCKS. •_°

  110. I like how the clothes and shoes at target are actually things you would consider wearing, even if you’re not at such a depressingly low level of income that you would actually need to shop for clothes at target (or the ‘marts)

  111. Those Target shopping carts give me a static shock every time I touch them. Every time. And it smells funny in the store. But man, I do love their snack mixes.

    I have never been to Kmart though, so maybe it’s better?

  112. love your website!!! it always helps while i’m at the grocery or in the drive thru! i always wonder if i should try this or that over in the gimmick freezer in WALMART, and you’ve saved me much time and money! I look forward to reading your reviews in the future! My favorite thing about target is getting to try on all the goofy hats in the men’s department.

  113. K-Mart still exists? .___.

    I guess if I win $25 then I’ll be buying something there.. something I haven’t done since I’ve hit puberty (I think).

  114. I’m sorry but your belief that Target is 1,000,000 times better than K-mart needs correction. It’s immeasurably times better. For one, They have a real dog, not a creepy cartoon light bulb marketing their products. And two, Target is actually the corporation Target (K-mart is owned by Sears).

  115. Target isn’t 1,000,000 times better than Kmart. 999,999 times better, yes, but the fact that I can’t shop there without getting hassled by customers if I’m wearing a red shirt deducts 1x.

  116. target rocks my socks off! i sometimes spend all day in there going up & down the aisles. I can have breakfast lunch & dinner at the food court or in the aisles of yummy food =)

  117. Coming in under the wire cuz I really want a giftcard to Target. Target is awesome and there’s nothing wrong with loving it. I try to go there weekly myself :).

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