Target Return Policy: No More Confusion, Here's Exactly How It Works

A handy summary of Target's return policy for those needing quick answers
Target Return Policy: No More Confusion, Here's Exactly How It Works

There's been so much confusion lately on how Target's return policy actually works. With how many questions shoppers have about the return policy, we figured why not make a summary to make things easy.

There are so many questions that come up when you're ready to make a return at Target. Can I return items without a receipt? Do REDCard holders get any perks when it comes to returns?

Also questions a little more ambiguous like is the online policy the same as in-store or what about electronics that've already been open, can those be returned?

Don't worry, we'll be covering any and all questions about the return policy so you'll always know how to get your return done and over with without all of the confusion of going through the entire policy.

Sometimes going through Target's official site to find the answers to all of our questions isn't the easiest, that's why we made this handy summary of all of the most common questions about Target's policy.

What exactly is the Target return policy?

Here's pretty much how the Target return policy works:

  • You have 90 days to return most items purchased both in-store and online.
  • Most unopened items with a receipt will get a full refund.
  • If you don't have a receipt Target can look up your purchase if you used a card or Target REDcard otherwise, if you used cash for your purchase, you're out of luck.
  • Items that are opened, damaged or are without a receipt may not be eligible for a return.
  • Target has an extended return policy for holidays (we'll cover below) and for Target REDcard holders you actually get an extra 30 days to return items, just another sweet perk of having a REDcard.
  • Some items sold by Target have a different return policy which can be found on the receipt, packing slip or on Target's website before purchasing it's worth checking beforehand on bigger purchases.

Can you return at Target with no receipt?

Having a receipt for your Target purchase is not required, but if you paid with cash you may be out of luck.

A good thing about trying to get a return without a receipt at Target is they actually have the ability to look up your purchase in many ways so you can actually recover your receipt in a few ways.

Target can look up receipts for purchases by the following: Target REDcard, Target Debit Card, Mastercard, Visa Card, American Express, Discover, personal check or Target Gift Card.

If you're looking to return with no receipt at Target using a Target gift card you'll need the physical card with you. If you paid with cash you may be out of luck and Target may be unable to process the return.

Are there any exceptions to the 90 days?

Yes there are some exceptions to the 90 day return policy. Here's a breakdown of those exceptions:

  • Open music, movies, video games and software cannot be returned, but may be exchanged at the store for the same title, for the same or different gaming platform.
  • Open airbeds cannot be returned, but may be exchanged for a similar item.
  • Open or defective collectibles (sports cards, special edition Barbie dolls, porcelain dolls, action figures and die-cast cars) cannot be returned.
  • All electronics and entertainment items must be returned within 30 days for a refund or exchange.
  • Drones must be returned within 14 days for a refund or exchange.

What's the policy for Target electronics?

One of the most frequently returned items at Target is electronics as so many are bought during popular shopping holidays like Black Friday or Cyber Monday so you'll want to know how it works.

Unlike most items at Target, the Target electronics return policy is a little different than the normal 90 day return policy. At Target, you'll only have 30 days to return or exchange your electronic items. The only exception to this is mobile phones, mobile phones you buy at Target have to be returned within 14 days of purchase.

Can you return opened items at Target?

For the most part, yes you can return opened items to Target.

As long as the product is within the 90 days and eligible for a return, Target will give you an exchange or refund.

Something to keep in mind is they do state in their return policy they can refuse a refund on opened items. They don't say what exactly this entails but I assume it's for people abusing the return policy.

Can you return clearance items at Target?

Yes, according to the policy you can return clearance items to Target.

The only thing not allowed at Target is if there is a price drop on clearance items, having the price go lower you won't be able to get the difference, but aside from that you are able to return clearance items to Target. This is great news for all of us fans who just love shopping Target's clearance section.

What is the Target online return policy?

The Target online return policy is the same as the normal return policy and the best part is you can return items bought online to the store, or return your items by mail.

We'll go over both ways of doing it. Follow these steps to get started with your online return:

  1. Sign in to your Target account.
  2. Select 'orders' and find the order you want to return.
  3. Select 'view orders' to view the order details.
  4. Select 'return an item'.
  5. Select either 'return to store' (then you take that barcode to the store and have a Target team member start your return) or 'return by mail' where you'll choose the item to return, select a reason for the return, choose replacement or refund and then click submit where you'll see an option to print mailing label.
  6. Then put the package label on the outside of the package and bring to any UPS drop off location.

Don't have your receipt? You can access a copy of your receipt by visiting the find your order page, pretty convenient for those that enjoy shopping online and have a habit of losing receipts.

What's the policy for Target owned brands?

It's also good to know about the return policy for Target owned brands. Shoppers have an entire year to return those. Here are all the Target owned brands that have a friendly one year return window...

  • A New Day
  • Archer Farms
  • Art Class
  • Ava & Viv
  • Boots & Barkley
  • Cat & Jack
  • Circo
  • Cloud Island
  • Durabuilt
  • Embark
  • Gilligan & O’Malley
  • Goodfellow & Co
  • Hearth & Hand with Magnolia
  • Heyday
  • Hyde and Eek! Boutique
  • JoyLab
  • Made By Design
  • Market Pantry
  • Merona
  • Opalhouse
  • Original Use
  • Pillowfort
  • Project 62
  • Project 62
  • Room Essentials
  • Shade & Shore
  • Simply Balanced
  • Smith & Hawken
  • Sonia Kashuk
  • Spritz
  • Sutton & Dodge
  • Tevolio
  • Threshold
  • Universal Thread
  • Up&Up
  • Wild Fable
  • Wine Cube
  • Wondershop
  • Xhilaration

What is the return policy for makeup?

Most beauty items and makeup you bought at Target whether online or in-store can be returned.

The great part is even if it was opened, and you're still within the 90 days and you have your receipt, you can get a refund for your makeup which is great for those who tried something new out and just don't like it.

What about returns for items without tags?

As long as your purchase can be verified as noted above, for the most part Target will accept your return. If you have your receipt or the card you paid with Target will accept returns without tags.

How to extend the return policy window?

Did you know that you can actually extend the return policy window when you sign up for Target REDcard.

With a Target REDCard the return policy is extended 30 days making it 120. It really is such a sweet perk when you become a Target cardholder and you get an extended return window. Oh and when you have a Target REDcard you also get 5% off your purchases every single day which is another sweet perk!

If you're planning on doing a lot of returns at Target signing up for a REDcard might be the way to go!

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