Meet the typical Target shopper, a millennial suburban mom with a household income of $80,000

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  • Target has more than 1,897 stores in the US, with 30 of those newly opened in 2020.
  • The Minneapolis-based retailer employs 409,000 people and made $92.4 billion in sales in 2020.
  • Target’s average customer is a woman who is 39 years old, white, married, with a household income of $80,000.
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Target is the seventh-largest retailer in the world, pulling in more than $92.4 billion in sales last year. The store operates across the US, with 1,897 stores in all 50 states, and it employs nearly 409,000 people.

Nearly eight out of 10 US shoppers are Target customers, according to data from the analytics firm Numerator prepared for Insider.

Numerator found that Target’s typical shopper is a white suburban mother between 35 and 44 years old. She typically has some college or a 4-year degree education with a household income of $80,000.

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The typical customer visits Target every other Saturday or so – about 21 trips per year – and picks up 7 products for a total cost of about $49 per trip, Numerator found.

In its annual report Target says that sales are roughly equal across its five product categories: apparel and accessories, food and beverage, “hardlines” (like appliances or sporting goods), home furnishings and décor, with a slight edge in favor of beauty and household essentials.

About 4% of her spending takes place at Target – about a third of what she spends at Walmart. Target shoppers also tend to choose Target-owned private labels, especially for children’s apparel. The company says one third of its 2020 sales – or about $30 billion – was related to its exclusive in-house brands, including All in Motion, Cat & Jack, Made By Design, and Project 62.

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Walmart, Target, and Amazon are among the biggest corporate polluters thanks to overseas shipping

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  • A new study measures the climate pollution retailers emit from overseas shipping.
  • Retail giants Walmart, Target, Ikea, and Amazon are among the top 10 maritime polluters.
  • Walmart generates more greenhouse gas than a coal plant would in a year, The Verge first reported.
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A new report from Pacific Environment and Stand.earth reveals 15 major corporations that emit as much climate pollution from overseas shipping as 1.5 million American homes.

Retail giants Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Ikea, Amazon, and Nike are among the worst polluters, according to the report. Walmart tops the list, generating more greenhouse gas than a coal plant would in a year, The Verge first reported.

“There really hadn’t been an investigation into this pillar of companies’ emissions portfolio,” Madeline Rose, primary author of the report, told The Verge. “Quite frankly, with the climate emergency on our doorstep, we just feel like there needs to be disruption of the data system and there needs to be greater transparency.”

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Right now, Americans are buying so many imported goods that shipping companies are racing to build more boats and brands are paying ten times typical shipping prices, Insider reported in July.

The study measures greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution released by the 15 retailers while importing goods overseas to the US.

To calculate the final rankings, researchers tracked cargo ships used by each company as a way of estimating fuel consumption and emissions. The results do not include the cargo ships’ return, meaning the pollution is probably even more severe than the study found.

In 2019, Ikea announced an ambitious plan for the company to become “climate positive” – meaning it would reduce more pollution than it creates – by 2030. According to the study, shipping from the world’s largest furniture retailer is the seventh-biggest polluter, a ranking worse than Amazon’s.

Last year, Walmart said it will eliminate its carbon footprint by 2040. This goal does not encompass Walmart’s entire supply chain, and therefore does not calculate emissions released by overseas shipping.

Similarly, Amazon has pledged to be net-zero carbon across its business by 2040. An Amazon spokesperson told Insider that the company includes indirect emissions such as cargo shipping into its carbon footprint calculations, which are published online.

Target’s sustainability goals do take its entire supply chain into account – the company also aims to be net-zero by 2040.

“Major retail companies are directly responsible for the dirty air that sickens our youth with asthma, leads to thousands of premature deaths a year in U.S. port communities, and adds to the climate emergency,” Rose said in a statement. “We are demanding that these practices change.”

Walmart, Target, Ikea, and Amazon did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Target will shut its San Francisco stores at 6 p.m. to curb an ‘alarming rise’ in shoplifting

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A worker collects shopping carts in the parking lot of a Target store on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

  • Target is cutting store opening hours in its San Francisco locations.
  • The big-box chain said this was temporary, and was to address the rise in shoplifting in the city.
  • Target stores would now open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time in San Francisco, it said.
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Target said it was cutting store opening hours in San Francisco to try to curb a rise in shoplifting.

In a statement shared with multiple news organizations, the big-box chain said there had been an “alarming rise” in thefts at its San Francisco stores over the past month, and that it was working with local law enforcement.

Its stores would now open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time in San Francisco, it said. While Target store hours vary, other locations across the US open between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., and close at 10 pm.

“With the safety of our guests, team members, and communities as our top priority, we’ve temporarily reduced our operating hours in six San Francisco stores,” the spokesperson said.

Insider asked Target whether shoplifting was most common in the evening, but did not immediately receive a reply.

According to the California Retailers Association (CRA), San Francisco is among the 10 cities in the US worst hit by retail crime.

In June, the CRA shared a video of a shoplifter stealing products from a Walgreens store in San Francisco while a store security guard watched on.

In a statement at the time, the president of the CRA, Rachel Michelin, said: “This has been a problem going on for years … We are trying to attack it from all different ways.

“Our priority is the safety of our employees and consumers. We can’t have our security guards going after this – they are not law enforcement,” she said.

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Walmart, Target, and Best Buy are offering rival sales during Amazon Prime Day. Here’s all the info, plus what deals we love so far.

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  • Amazon Prime Day, which will fall on June 21 and June 22, has become another Black Friday.
  • As a result of Prime Day’s success, many retailers offer their own competing sales.
  • Below, you can check out sales from competing retailers, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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Amazon Prime Day celebrates its seventh year in 2021. What started as a one-day shopping event in July 2015 is now a multi-day affair that sees a wide range of stores hosting competing sales.

When Amazon Prime Day debuted in 2015, Walmart – Amazon’s largest competitor – held its own major sales event the same week. Since then, several other retailers joined what’s developed into the largest shopping event of the year outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With over 150 million US shoppers with Prime memberships spending their money at Amazon over the course of a few days, it’s no surprise its biggest competitors wanted in on the frenzy.

This year, major retailers are once again lining up to compete with Amazon Prime Day deals. Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Best Buy were the first to announce their competing sales but we expect more details to be announced as we get closer to the start of Amazon Prime Day.

To help get you acquainted with what to expect, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions regarding these competing Amazon Prime Day sales below, as well as a few of the best early deals we’ve seen so far.

Here’s a list of what to expect from competing Amazon Prime Day 2021 sales:

Walmart

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Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event will run from June 20 to 23 — a day before and lasting a day longer than Amazon Prime Day. 

So far, Walmart Plus members don’t get any exclusive perks during ‘Deals for Days.’ For those unfamiliar, Walmart Plus is the retail giant’s answer to a Prime membership. It offers unlimited same-day delivery for 160,000 items and costs $98 a year, about $20 less than one year of Amazon Prime. 

What will be on sale?

For 2021, we’ll likely see steep discounts on everything from entertainment and tech to kitchen appliances and video games during the ‘Deals for Days’ event. Here are some we know of ahead of time: 

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Target

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The ‘Target Deal Days’ event lands on June 20 and ends on June 22. That’s a day before Amazon Prime Day and a day shorter than Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event.

What will be on sale?

Target’s previous event included $50 off the iRobot Roomba 695, $150 off the Dyson V8 Motorhead, and $100 off a Samsung 50-inch The Frame 4K Smart TV. 

This year, look for deep discounts on tech, smart home, gaming, and many more product categories.

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Best Buy

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Best Buy’s ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ starts well before the competition — it’ll take place until June 22. This is unprecedented: Best Buy’s previous Prime Day sales started and ended with Amazon’s sale. 

Best Buy’s competing Prime Day discounts are open to all shoppers. However, My Best Buy rewards members may avail of exclusive savings or early access to deals. (Not a member? It’s free to sign up.)

What will be on sale?

Best Buy’s current ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ promotions include up to $250 off select gaming laptopsup to 50% off small kitchen appliances, and up to $400 off select Samsung Galaxy phones. Browse all of the event’s ongoing deals here

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Kohl’s

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Kohl’s ‘Wow Deals’ event will be held in-stores and online for the duration of Amazon Prime Day: June 21 through 22. 

Sale shoppers can also earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent during ‘WOW Deals.’ That’s free money you get to spend on future purchases. Kohl’s Card holders can also get an additional 15% off on the event’s deals and promotions. 

What will be on sale?

A sneak peek of the offers from ‘Wow Deals’ include a $150 Google Nest Hello Doorbell, $200 Shark Ion Robot Vacuum, and a $200 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum — all of which earn $30 of Kohl’s Cash. 

During its competing Prime Day sale last year, Kohl’s offered a Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill for $200 — and sweetened the deal by adding $30 Kohl’s Cash. Look for notable savings on kitchen wares, bedding, furniture, and other home goods.

Bed Bath & Beyond

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Bed Bath & Beyond’s Fall Sale featured up to 60% off bedding, 30% off curtains and rugs, and 25% off fall decor. Shoppers also received $50 in My Funds Rewards (valid for 30 days) on purchases over $200.

Expect more of the same this year from Bed Bath & Beyond’s competing Prime Day sale. For extra savings, get a one-year Beyond+ membership for $29 and enjoy 20% off and free standard shipping on all orders. You may be able to effectively make that Beyond+ membership free if Bed Bath & Beyond includes a $29 bonus card with sign-up, like it did during last year’s sale.

What will be on sale?

Standout offers from last year’s sale included $25 off a Le Creuset Tea Kettle and $50 off a Zwilling 8-inch chef’s knife. This year, expect to find offers on bedding, decor, small appliances, and robot vacuums.

Home Depot

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Home Depot’s concurrent Prime Day 2020 sale saw up to 50% off interior furniture, decor, and kitchenware. Its other main event, the Fall Appliance Sale, was also ongoing and lasted through October 21.

Since Amazon Prime Day is happening on June 21-22, it’s likely to overlap with some of Home Depot’s summertime specials. This may be a boon for anyone looking to buy indoor furniture, as mid-summer specials tend to yield the best deals for those items.

What will be on sale?

Last year’s Home Depot sale featured up to 30% off select power tools and small appliances, up to 40% off select bathroom vanities, and up to 50% off select interior furniture. Expect similar sales for 2021. 

eBay

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If you don’t have a Prime membership, eBay is a great alternative to Amazon. To compete with Amazon’s member-exclusive Prime Day sales, eBay typically holds a competing sale that’s available to all shoppers.

What will be on sale?

Last year, eBay had discounts on TVs, headphones, gaming systems, cameras, vacuums, appliances, clothing, sneakers, luggage, smart home devices, and more.

Some of the most notable brands that were on sale last year include Adidas, Apple, Dyson, Canon, KitchenAid, Sony, Samsonite, and LG.

Chewy

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Last year’s Chewy Blue Box Event ran from October 11 through October 15, alongside Amazon Prime Day. The online marketplace actually extended its sale event to continue through October 15, serving up even more discounts. 

Chewy sells pet products across all categories, including food, treats, supplies, and treatments. The previous year’s Blue Box Event offered all of that and more, meaning you should expect similar deals this time around, with savings beginning in just under two days. If you can’t wait to begin saving, Chewy also has a deals page on its website that houses the best deals of the day

What will be on sale? 

The Blue Box Event in 2020 featured 30% off pet essentials, 40% off your first Autoship order, and buy three, get one free for pet toys, apparel, and treats. Shoppers also got 25% off when they purchased two customized products.

Backcountry

Three Backcountry employees pose for the camera inside of a Backcountry store; there is clothing and outdoor gear all around them.

Outdoor gear retailer Backcountry is set to host its 48-Hour Flash Sale on June 21 and June 22. You can find deals on big and small-name brands and product categories like clothing, footwear, accessories, and more. 

Norrona, Columbia, and Salomon are just a few of the top brands included in the flash sale. You can, however, start saving early, with Backcountry giving up to 65% off on select Stoic styles, now through June 22. 

What will be on sale? 

During the flash sale, expect to save up to 65% on select gear and apparel. Top styles such as the Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boot and the Mountain Hardwear Firefall Bib Pant will have discounted price tags.

FAQs

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

This year, Amazon Prime Day takes place on June 21 and June 22. We expect to see several discounts last a few days after the end of Amazon Prime Day.

Are Amazon Prime Day deals worth it?

Short answer: it depends on what you’re shopping for.

To expand upon that, Amazon Prime Day is, first and foremost, an Amazon event. That means the strongest offers will be on Amazon products like its Echo smart speakers, Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, and Amazon-brand groceries. 

With major retailers like Walmart, Kohl’s, and Target running competing sales alongside Prime Day, you have some leeway to shop around for better deals on what you need. 

Can anyone buy Amazon Prime Day deals?

Amazon Prime Day deals are for Amazon Prime members only. Fortunately, if you’re not a member yet and aren’t keen to purchase a full membership, you can take advantage of a free 30-day trial with full benefits. However, a Prime membership comes with a plethora of benefits that you can take advantage of year-round so it’s worth signing up if you shop Amazon often.

The appeal of competing Prime Day deals, however, is that they’re open to the general public. Stores like Walmart may peddle their own membership offers, but these sales are otherwise inclusive outside of Amazon Prime Day.

Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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Target’s ‘Deal Days’ sale kicks off today and ends on June 22 – here are the best deals, including the AirPods Pro and a Dyson vacuum

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  • Target’s ‘Deal Days’ event kicks off on June 20 and ends on June 22.
  • You can expect tons of great deals which often match those offered on Amazon Prime Day 2021.
  • Below we’ll answer questions about the event and highlight some early deals you can shop now.

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Shopping carts sit inside a Target store on May 23, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

Amazon Prime Day, the retail giant’s annual sales event, lands this month – but it won’t be alone. Amazon will be competing against sales from several other retailers, including Target.

The ‘Target Deal Days’ event kicks off June 20 and ends June 22. That’s a day before Amazon Prime Day (June 21) and a day shorter than Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event.

From what we saw last year, we expect tons of great deals on pretty much everything, from smart home speakers to air fryers. So whether you’re shopping for the latest tech or want to save on essentials, you can find bargains during Deal Days.

We’ll answer some frequently asked questions below and highlight some of the best deals you can shop from Target starting on June 20.

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The best early Target Prime Day deals

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Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

When is Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day 2021 sale?

The Target ‘Deal Days’ event kicks off June 20 and ends June 22.

For some perspective, Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22, Best Buy’s ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ runs from June 15 to 22, and Walmart’s competing sale, ‘Deals for Days,’ will last from June 20 to 23.

What deals will Target have during Amazon Prime Day?

Target’s competing Prime Day sale features solid deals on a ton of product categories every year, including gaming, smart home, audio, personal care, robot vacuums, upright vacuums, and more.

Last year, Target’s Deal Days brought deep discounts on brands like JBL, Instant Pot, Nintendo, Braun, and Shark. Some of the best deals were $20 off the Revlon One-Step, $50 off the iRobot Roomba 695, and $150 off the Dyson V8 Motorhead.

What are the benefits of shopping at Target during Amazon Prime Day?

The main draw for shopping at Target during Prime Day is that the deals are accessible to everyone, not just Prime members. Prime Day is one of many benefits to being an Amazon Prime member, meaning that those without a membership are out of luck. Shopping Target’s Prime Day deals are also a good idea if you’re in a rush to get your order since in-store pickup is often available for many items.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22.

Will RedCard members get extra discounts during Target Deal Days?

In past years, Target offered no exclusive deals or promotions for RedCard holders. While it remains to be seen if that trend continues, the chances of additional promotions are slim.

Regardless, Target RedCard holders will enjoy the same benefits during the competing sale they enjoy year-round, including free shipping with no order minimums and an extra 5% off at checkout.

Will the Target Circle program offer exclusive deals during Target’s competing sale?

Target Circle, the namesake’s rewards program, will likely be full of coupons and offers for the taking during Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day 2021. It’s free to join and unlocks discounts for Target shoppers, year-round.

Can anyone shop from Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day deals?

Unlike Amazon Prime Day, which is famously an exclusive event for Amazon Prime subscribers, anyone can take advantage of Target’s competing sale.

From what we’ve seen in the past, Target tends to price match many of Amazon’s doorbuster-style offers. Of course, Target can’t replicate the breadth of Amazon’s deal number, but it’s a worthy alternative for those who don’t want to pay for an Amazon Prime subscription.

If you have yet to become an Amazon Prime member, it’s free to try it out. The 30-day trial also grants you access to Prime Day.

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How do I prepare for Target’s sale?

The best way to get the best prices is to download the Target App and enroll in the company’s free loyalty program, Target Circle to reap extra discounts. Having these handy will not only save you money during Target’s Prime Day sale but also year-round.

Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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Target’s ‘Deal Days’ sale kicks off June 20 – here’s what to expect and the best early deals, including the AirPods Pro and a Dyson vacuum

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  • Target’s ‘Deal Days’ event kicks off tomorrow, June 20, and ends on June 22.
  • You can expect tons of great deals which often match those offered on Amazon Prime Day 2021.
  • Below we’ll answer questions about the event and highlight some early deals you can shop now.

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Shopping carts sit inside a Target store on May 23, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

Amazon Prime Day, the retail giant’s annual sales event, lands this month – but it won’t be alone. Amazon will be competing against sales from several other retailers, including Target.

The ‘Target Deal Days’ event kicks off June 20 and ends June 22. That’s a day before Amazon Prime Day and a day shorter than Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event.

From what we saw last year, we expect tons of great deals on pretty much everything, from smart home speakers to air fryers. So whether you’re shopping for the latest tech or want to save on essentials, you can find bargains during Deal Days.

We’ll answer some frequently asked questions below and highlight some of the best deals you can shop from Target ahead of June 20.

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The best early Target Prime Day deals

AirPods Pro (medium, Preferred: Target)Maker (medium, Preferred: Target)Watch Series 6 (44mm, GPS) (medium, Preferred: Target)Ultra 2020 (medium, Preferred: Target)V8 Motorhead Origin (medium, Preferred: Target)Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum (medium)Deebot N79W (medium, Preferred: Target)Hypervolt Vibration Massage Device (medium, Preferred: Target)Yoga Bolster (medium, Preferred: Target)

When is Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day 2021 sale?

The Target ‘Deal Days’ event kicks off June 20 and ends June 22.

For some perspective, Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22, Best Buy’s ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ runs from June 15 to 22, and Walmart’s competing sale, ‘Deals for Days,’ will last from June 20 to 23.

What deals will Target have during Amazon Prime Day?

Target’s competing Prime Day sale features solid deals on a ton of product categories every year, including gaming, smart home, audio, personal care, robot vacuums, upright vacuums, and more.

Last year, Target’s Deal Days brought deep discounts on brands like JBL, Instant Pot, Nintendo, Braun, and Shark. Some of the best deals were $20 off the Revlon One-Step, $50 off the iRobot Roomba 695, and $150 off the Dyson V8 Motorhead.

What are the benefits of shopping at Target during Amazon Prime Day?

The main draw for shopping at Target during Prime Day is that the deals are accessible to everyone, not just Prime members. Prime Day is one of many benefits to being an Amazon Prime member, meaning that those without a membership are out of luck. Shopping Target’s Prime Day deals are also a good idea if you’re in a rush to get your order since in-store pickup is often available for many items.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22.

Will RedCard members get extra discounts during Target Deal Days?

In past years, Target offered no exclusive deals or promotions for RedCard holders. While it remains to be seen if that trend continues, the chances of additional promotions are slim.

Regardless, Target RedCard holders will enjoy the same benefits during the competing sale they enjoy year-round, including free shipping with no order minimums and an extra 5% off at checkout.

Will the Target Circle program offer exclusive deals during Target’s competing sale?

Target Circle, the namesake’s rewards program, will likely be full of coupons and offers for the taking during Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day 2021. It’s free to join and unlocks discounts for Target shoppers, year-round.

Can anyone shop from Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day deals?

Unlike Amazon Prime Day, which is famously an exclusive event for Amazon Prime subscribers, anyone can take advantage of Target’s competing sale.

From what we’ve seen in the past, Target tends to price match many of Amazon’s doorbuster-style offers. Of course, Target can’t replicate the breadth of Amazon’s deal number, but it’s a worthy alternative for those who don’t want to pay for an Amazon Prime subscription.

If you have yet to become an Amazon Prime member, it’s free to try it out. The 30-day trial also grants you access to Prime Day.

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How do I prepare for Target’s sale?

The best way to get the best prices is to download the Target App and enroll in the company’s free loyalty program, Target Circle to reap extra discounts. Having these handy will not only save you money during Target’s Prime Day sale but also year-round.

Starting June 16-19, you can pick up a digital Target GiftCard for 5% off at Target.com. While that may seem like a paltry discount (because it is,) it’s best to think of it like deal sprinkles on an already-great savings sundae. It’s an excellent opportunity to save a little bit more money, if you plan on shopping the Target’s ‘Deal Days’ event.

Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, and other stores will offer competing sales during Amazon Prime Day – here are the ones we know about so far

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  • Amazon Prime Day, landing June 21 and 22, has become another Black Friday.
  • As a result of Prime Day’s success, many retailers, including Best Buy and Walmart, offer their own competing sales.

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Amazon Prime Day will be celebrating its seventh year in 2021. What started as a one-day shopping event in July 2015 has now become a multi-day affair with a wide range of stores hosting competing sales.

When Amazon Prime Day debuted in 2015, Walmart – Amazon’s largest competitor – held its own major sales event the same week. Since then, many more retailers have joined in what’s developed into the largest shopping event of the year outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But it makes sense, as the pressure of over 150 million US shoppers with Prime memberships spending their money at Amazon over the course of a few days has prompted competitors to host concurrent sales.

This year, major retailers are once again lining up to compete with Amazon Prime Day deals. Target, Walmart, and Kohl’s were the first to announce their competing sales, but we expect more details to be announced as we get closer to Amazon Prime Day.

We’ve answered some frequently asked questions regarding these competing Amazon Prime Day sales below.

Here’s a list of what to expect from competing Amazon Prime Day 2021 sales:

Walmart

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Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event will run from June 20 to 23 — a day before and lasting a day longer than Amazon Prime Day. 

So far, Walmart Plus members don’t get any exclusive perks during ‘Deals for Days.’ For those unfamiliar, Walmart Plus is the retail giant’s answer to a Prime membership. It offers unlimited same-day delivery for 160,000 items and costs $98 a year, about $20 less than one year of Amazon Prime. 

What will be on sale?

For 2021, we’ll likely see steep discounts on everything from entertainment and tech to kitchen appliances and video games during the ‘Deals for Days’ event. Here are some we know of ahead of time: 

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Target

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The ‘Target Deal Days’ event lands on June 20 and ends on June 22. That’s a day before Amazon Prime Day and a day shorter than Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event.

Starting June 16-19, you can pick up a digital Target GiftCard for 5% off at Target.com. It’s an excellent chance to save a little bit more money if you plan on shopping the ‘Deal Days’ event.

What will be on sale?

Target’s previous event included $50 off the iRobot Roomba 695, $150 off the Dyson V8 Motorhead, and $100 off a Samsung 50-inch The Frame 4K Smart TV. 

This year, look for deep discounts on tech, smart home, gaming, and many more product categories.

Maker (medium, Preferred: Target)Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum (medium)
Best Buy

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Best Buy’s ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ starts well before the competition — it’ll take place from June 15 to 22. This is unprecedented: Best Buy’s previous Prime Day sales started and ended with Amazon’s sale. 

Best Buy’s competing Prime Day discounts are open to all shoppers. However, My Best Buy rewards members may avail of exclusive savings or early access to deals. (Not a member? It’s free to sign up.)

What will be on sale?

Best Buy’s current ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ promotions include up to $250 off select gaming laptopsup to 50% off small kitchen appliances, and up to $400 off select Samsung Galaxy phones. Browse all of the event’s ongoing deals here

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Kohl’s

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Kohl’s ‘Wow Deals’ event will be held in-stores and online for the duration of Amazon Prime Day: June 21 through 22. 

Sale shoppers can also earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent during ‘WOW Deals.’ That’s free money you get to spend on future purchases. Kohl’s Card holders can also get an additional 15% off on the event’s deals and promotions. 

What will be on sale?

A sneak peek of the offers from ‘Wow Deals’ include a $150 Google Nest Hello Doorbell, $200 Shark Ion Robot Vacuum, and a $200 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum — all of which earn $30 of Kohl’s Cash. 

During its competing Prime Day sale last year, Kohl’s offered a Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill for $200 — and sweetened the deal by adding $30 Kohl’s Cash. Look for notable savings on kitchen wares, bedding, furniture, and other home goods.

Bed Bath & Beyond

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Bed Bath & Beyond’s Fall Sale featured up to 60% off bedding, 30% off curtains and rugs, and 25% off fall decor. Shoppers also received $50 in My Funds Rewards (valid for 30 days) on purchases over $200.

Expect more of the same this year from Bed Bath & Beyond’s competing Prime Day sale. For extra savings, get a one-year Beyond+ membership for $29 and enjoy 20% off and free standard shipping on all orders. You may be able to effectively make that Beyond+ membership free if Bed Bath & Beyond includes a $29 bonus card with sign-up, like it did during last year’s sale.

What will be on sale?

Standout offers from last year’s sale included $25 off a Le Creuset Tea Kettle and $50 off a Zwilling 8-inch chef’s knife. This year, expect to find offers on bedding, decor, small appliances, and robot vacuums.

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Home Depot’s concurrent Prime Day 2020 sale saw up to 50% off interior furniture, decor, and kitchenware. Its other main event, the Fall Appliance Sale, was also ongoing and lasted through October 21.

Since Amazon Prime Day is expected to return this summer, it’s likely to overlap with some of Home Depot’s summertime specials. This may be a boon for anyone looking to buy indoor furniture, as mid-summer specials tend to yield the best deals for those items.

What will be on sale?

Last year’s Home Depot sale featured up to 30% off select power tools and small appliances, up to 40% off select bathroom vanities, and up to 50% off select interior furniture. Expect similar sales for 2021. 

FAQs

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day has been hinted to make a return in June or July. It usually falls in the middle of July, but the pandemic pushed last year’s Prime Day to mid-October — right before the launch of Black Friday specials.

Are Amazon Prime Day deals worth it?

Short answer: it depends on what you’re shopping for.

To expand upon that, Amazon Prime Day is, first and foremost, an Amazon event. That means the strongest offers will be on Amazon products like its Echo smart speakers, Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, and Amazon-brand groceries. 

With major retailers like Walmart, Kohl’s and Target running competing sales alongside Prime Day, you have some leeway to shop around for better deals on what you need. 

Can anyone buy Amazon Prime Day deals?

Amazon Prime Day deals are for Amazon Prime members only. Fortunately, if you’re not a member yet and aren’t keen to purchase a full membership, you can take advantage of a free 30-day trial with full benefits. However, a Prime membership comes with a plethora of benefits that you can take advantage of year-round so it’s worth signing up if you shop Amazon often.

The appeal of competing Prime Day deals, however, is that they’re open to the general public. Stores like Walmart may peddle its own membership offers, but outside of Amazon Prime Day these sales are otherwise inclusive.

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Target’s ‘Deal Days’ sale kicks off June 20 – here’s what to expect and the best early deals including the AirPods Pro

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  • Target’s ‘Deal Days’ event kicks off June 20 and ends June 22.
  • You can expect tons of great deals which often match those offered on Amazon Prime Day 2021.
  • Below we’ll answer questions about the event and highlight some early deals you can shop now.

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Amazon Prime Day, the retail giant’s annual sales event, lands this month – but it won’t be alone. Amazon will be competing against sales from several other retailers, Target included.

The ‘Target Deal Days’ event kicks off June 20 and ends June 22. For those keeping count, that’s a day before Amazon Prime Day and a day shorter than Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event.

From what we saw last year, we expect tons of great deals on everything, from smart home speakers to air fryers. So whether you’re shopping for the latest tech or want to save on essentials, you can find bargains during Deal Days.

We’ll answer some frequently asked questions below and highlight some of the best deals you can shop from Target ahead of June 20.

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The best early Target Prime Day deals

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When is Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day 2021 sale?

The Target ‘Deal Days’ event kicks off June 20 and ends June 22.

For some perspective, Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22, Best Buy’s ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ runs from June 15 to 22, and Walmart’s competing sale, ‘Deals for Days,’ will last from June 20 to 23.

What deals will Target have during Amazon Prime Day?

Target’s competing Prime Day sale features solid deals on a ton of product categories every year, including gaming, smart home, audio, personal care, robot vacuums, upright vacuums, and more.

Last year, Target’s Deal Days brought deep discounts on brands like JBL, Instant Pot, Nintendo, Braun, and Shark. Some of the best deals were $20 off the Revlon One-Step, $50 off the iRobot Roomba 695, and $150 off the Dyson V8 Motorhead.

What are the benefits of shopping at Target during Amazon Prime Day?

The main draw for shopping at Target during Prime Day is that the deals are accessible to everyone, not just Prime members. Prime Day is one of many benefits to being an Amazon Prime member, meaning that those without a membership are out of luck. Shopping Target’s Prime Day deals are also a good idea if you’re in a rush to get your order since in-store pickup is often available for many items.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day 2021 will run from June 21-22.

Will RedCard members get extra discounts during Target Deal Days?

In past years, Target offered no exclusive deals or promotions for RedCard holders. While it remains to be seen if that trend continues, the chances of additional promotions are slim.

Regardless, Target RedCard holders will enjoy the same benefits during the competing sale they enjoy year-round, including free shipping with no order minimums and an extra 5% off at checkout.

Will the Target Circle program offer exclusive deals during Target’s competing sale?

Target Circle, the namesake’s rewards program, will likely be full of coupons and offers for the taking during Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day 2021. It’s free to join and unlocks discounts for Target shoppers, year-round.

Can anyone shop from Target’s competing Amazon Prime Day deals?

Unlike Amazon Prime Day, which is famously an exclusive event for Amazon Prime subscribers, anyone can take advantage of Target’s competing sale.

From what we’ve seen in the past, Target tends to price match many of Amazon’s doorbuster-style offers. Of course, Target can’t replicate the breadth of Amazon’s deal number, but it’s a worthy alternative for those who don’t want to pay for an Amazon Prime subscription.

If you have yet to become an Amazon Prime member, it’s free to try it out. The 30-day trial also grants you access to Prime Day.

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How do I prepare for Target’s sale?

The best way to get the best prices is to download the Target App and enroll in the company’s free loyalty program, Target Circle to reap extra discounts. Having these handy will not only save you money during Target’s Prime Day sale but also year-round.

Starting June 16-19, you can pick up a digital Target GiftCard for 5% off at Target.com. While that may seem like a paltry discount (because it is,) it’s best to think of it like deal sprinkles on an already-great savings sundae. It’s an excellent opportunity to save a little bit more money, if you plan on shopping the Target’s ‘Deal Days’ event.

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Best Buy joins Walmart and Target in closing stores on Thanksgiving, a blow to Black Friday

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A shopper buys movies at a Best Buy Inc. store on November 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Best Buy confirmed it is closing all stores for Thanksgiving. Walmart and Target are doing the same.
  • Best Buy said shoppers can continue shopping for deals online, however.
  • Online shopping and year-round deals have meant that Black Friday is losing significance.
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Best Buy is closed for Thanksgiving.

The electronics retailer confirmed to Insider Wednesday that all of its stores will be closed for the US national holiday for the second year running. Walmart and Target also announced this year that their stores would close for the holiday.

Thanksgiving had become a popular shopping day for customers who wanted an early jump on deals for Black Friday (which falls the day after Thanksgiving). At some stores, customers would even wait in line overnight to be first inside when the doors opened. But, with the growth of online shopping, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, stores are increasingly taking a more relaxed approach to the day.

Read more: Doomsday predictions about the end of Black Friday are now reality, as the pandemic threatens the most important shopping day of the year

“Ultimately, consumers really want convenience and they want to get their item and get out of the store quickly. They don’t want to wait in long lines, they don’t want to wait for a store to open anymore,” Josh Elman, senior specialist at Nasdaq Advisory Services, previously told Insider’s Kate Taylor.

Moreover, year-round deals mean that Black Friday and the shopping days around it are losing significance.

“It has become less of a physical event and more of a virtual event in the last five to six years,” Dave Marcotte, a senior vice president at Kantar Retail, told Insider, commenting on Black Friday in 2020. It doesn’t have the same “immediacy” as before, he said.

In a statement to Insider, Best Buy said it is making it more convenient for shoppers to buy online – by expanding curbside pickup options and offering faster delivery services.

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Customers rushing a Walmart store looking for Pokémon cards is the latest example of trading-card fever

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Target stopped selling Pokémon cards on May 14.

  • Customers rushed a Walmart store’s shelves on Friday after Pokémon cards were restocked.
  • Earlier in the month, Target stopped selling them after a man pulled a gun in the parking lot.
  • The value of Pokémon cards has skyrocketed since the pandemic started. One rare card sold for $360,000.
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Customers rushed into a Walmart store on Friday morning, clearing out shelves full of Pokémon cards.

The customers gathered outside a Walmart store in Erie, Pennsylvania. When it opened they raced down the aisles after the Pokémon cards had just been restocked by employees, the Instagram user who took the video @tgc_grassi told Insider.

The value of Pokémon cards has skyrocketed since the pandemic started, as it has limited the sales of the products and as a result driven up prices for the cards on secondhand marketplaces.

In February, The Pokémon Company addressed the shortage and said it was printing cards at “maximum capacity.”

The cards can be bought at stores in packs for around $20 and many individual cards have been resold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mania over the trading cards has had collectors camping outside stores waiting for the cards to be restocked and forced companies like Target to impose limits on how many packs customers can buy and even call the cops on avid collectors, according to Vice.

The Walmart video was captured by @tcg_grassi, who told Insider he went to pick up a couple boxes of the cards. The video was initially posted on Instagram and then reposted by another user on Twitter. It quickly gained traction on social media.

“I knew it was going to be quick to get up to the card aisle but I would have never thought it would have turned into a frenzy the way it did. I was pretty shocked when everyone dove in,” @tcg_grassi told Insider. “I could tell the employees were just as surprised as I was, some of them even watching. One of the managers there was clearly frustrated by the situation.”

Earlier in the month, Target pulled the trading cards from its shelves after a fight broke out in a Wisconsin Target parking lot over Pokémon cards. During the fight, one man reportedly pulled out a gun after he was attacked by four men over the collectibles.

A Walmart spokesperson told Insider the company is in the process of deciding whether it might also pull the trading cards from its stores.

“As always, the safety of our customers and associates is a top priority,” the spokesperson said. “Like other retailers, we have seen increased customer demand, and we are determining if any changes are needed to meet customer demand while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.”

The cards’ value has lead to several incidents at other stores. In March, a man was reportedly arrested in Tokyo after he climbed down from a building rooftop with a rope to bust into a store so that he could steal the trading cards. Two months earlier, an incredibly rare Pokémon Blastoise card sold for $360,000 at an online auction, New York Post reported.

The year before, a pair of Charizard cards sold for $369,000 each at Goldin Auctions. The sale beat the previous record, held by rapper Logic, who paid over $220,000 for a Charizard card in 2020, New York Post reported.

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