Sometimes people out there (you know who you are) are too harsh on my beloved Target, so I tend to be skeptical of media articles that compare Target to other stores because some people just don’t get it. So I was especially leery of the headline “Four Things You Should and Shouldn’t Buy at Target.” However, the article is actually quite fair and I tend to agree with it, even on the things you shouldn’t buy.
Like furniture, No. 1 on the list of things not to buy at Target. I can’t vouch for Target’s furniture having never bought any of it myself. I’ve always liked the “look” of it but never have needed any piece bad enough to make a purchase. Ditto for exercise equipment (#3 on the “do not buy” list).
No. 2 is music and movies, which, I think it depends. The article cites a movie and a CD, both of which are cheaper on Amazon and Walmart, but I’m sure I could easily find two other movies or CDs that are cheaper at Target on any given day or week. The thing about movies and music is pricing is flexible and changes frequently. One thing Target usually has going for it, though, (part of its Target “brand”) is that it partners with movie distributors for exclusives and special offers. So sometimes a higher price can be because you’re getting something extra that Walmart or Amazon doesn’t offer.
The final thing on the don’t-buy list is shower curtains and plastic toys made with PVC. I’ll be honest and say I don’t know enough about the issue to weigh in. I also don’t buy shower curtains.
So on the buy list —
The Kindle. Initial thought: “Do what?!?” But their logic is that because Target is the only in-store retailer that carries the Kindle you should buy it there rather than Amazon so you can try it out first. Sounds like a good idea to me, when you put it that way. I did similar before getting mine; only I tried it out by having lunch with my Kindle-toting friend and tested out hers. Of course I know not everyone can go out to lunch with a Kindle-toting friend, so testing it out at Target is better than not at all.
Groceries. Yes! When Target was the closest grocery store to me it was my home grocery store. Now that it’s far faraway, I shop there less frequently for food. But I would if it was more convenient.
Green cleaning products (like Method). Yes, yes! I love Method products! They clean well and smell clean as opposed to smelling like chemicals. (The bottles look cool too!)
Cosmetics. I can’t speak to it personally because I use Mary Kay products (which I buy from a consultant, aka my sister), but like with movies I’m aware of Target partnering with top names in the cosmetics business to make Target-exclusive products catered to Target shoppers, like the Target Red lip color and nail polish I had fun with.