For Some, Target’s iPad Trade-In Is Too Good to Be True

by Delmar
Comments are off for this post.


Target’s offer for a $200 gift card in exchange for a working iPad sounded like a great deal, and it was. But not for everyone.

Some found the offer was more of a hassle than they expected and vented about it on social media.

Among the complaints: a lack of new iPad inventory, no sales staff available to handle the transactions and hour-plus wait times. Not everyone had a bad experience, but Target’s Facebook Page received a slew of negative comments about the deal.

“Just traded in my 1st generation iPad for a $200 credit!,” one consumer wrote. “There were only two people ahead of me but it seemed to take very long to activate and/or exchange phones. The woman ahead of me came back after being in the store for three hours the night before. But, I had to wait for an hour and a half to be waited on. There were only two people ahead of me but it seemed to take very long to activate and/or exchange phones.”

“I called 2 local Seattle stores — one said they could only use the 200 credit toward a new iPad,” wrote another. “The other store promised the gift card but when I got there showed me a circular that said the $200 credit had to go to a new iPad. Really frustrating.” (A Target rep responded on Facebook that the company was looking into that claim.)

Yet another wrote:

Major fail Target. Went to local store 15 min after store opened. Goal — new iPhone 5S, new iPad Air. Major promos in Sunday ad on both so would expect them to be ready. No iPads in stock, no staff to handle mobile. Oh … no customers either, so there was not a crush to deal with and no way they “sold out” in 15 minutes. I asked. Major customer service fail when there are many options besides Target.

The writer later added, “Luckily, after trekking to 3 stores this morning was able to get all resolved. Never mind gas, time and frustration factors — but don’t worry Target. Next time will check in advance and go with competition if not up to the game.”

A few also took to Twitter to complain.

Aside from what appear to be legitimate complaints about in-store service, many comments resulted from confusion about the deal. The $200 figure referred only to in-store trade-ins. Customers who went online found their quotes were often a lot less.

Another common complaint stemmed from participating stores. To access the deal, you must visit a Target with a Mobility Store. The retailer’s website offers a list of all such stores.

Despite such obstacles, many customers were happy to report that their purchase went as planned and they received their $200.

“I just traded my iPad first generation, I got $200 and I bought the iPad Air,” one customer wrote on Target’s Facebook page. “Thank you so much Target, this was a wonderful deal.”

Reps from Target could not be reached for comment. The deal runs until Nov. 9.

Image: Getty/Justin Sullivan

window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement(‘script’);;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);};

Read more:

Share this article

Comments are closed.