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December 28, 2006


I had been working on a post about not shopping at Target, prompted by a post on Rocket Jones's blog about this article.

Target, the retailer that distinguished itself last year by banning Salvation Army bell-ringers, has topped itself this yuletide by selling Che Guevara CD cases for a little tyrant-chic right under your tree.

Target ended up pulling the cd's off the shelf.

Then my Anti-MIL told me that there is a lawsuit filed by Williams Sonoma against Target for stealing product designs.

Williams-Sonoma Inc., which operates Pottery Barn and other chains, claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that a quilted Christmas stocking sold at Target stores contains "every distinctive element of Pottery Barn Christmas stockings," right down to the snowflakes and blue sky.

More pointedly, the company says the stocking infringement is part of a "longstanding pattern of copying by Target of (Williams-Sonoma) designs for rugs, linens, tableware, furniture, lamps and other products."

I even found some evidence of similiarities here and here.

I was going to leave my post with that, but then I read about CalTechGirl's return experience. OMG!!!

Without a receipt they place SERIOUS restrictions on what you can get for a return. AND if it's over $100, good luck sucker. The lady next to me at the return counter was returning a PSP someone gave her son. They told her that they couldn't even take it.

Even worse was the father whose son had received a jacket he really liked but was too small. The kid wanted the same jacket, but this store didn't have his size EITHER. They couldn't give him a gift card to go to the other Target in town and get one. AND the jacket had already gone back to the floor while he was shopping, so they wouldn't give it back to him and void the return. When I left he was warming up to get as pissed off as I was.

And Beth gives us her two cents.

My take? I won't be shopping at Target. I am choosing to spend my money elsewhere. The sacrafice is small since I don't shop there much. Their prices for groceries are not competive and the selection is not that great. I do like their clothes, but I can find items I like at other stores. If someone I know is registered there? I can find them something at another store. No more Target for me.

Posted by on December 28, 2006 07:23 PM |


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Oh my. And I just got a target near me. Luckily I haven't had that experience, but I also have a Walmart near me.

Posted by: vw bug | December 29, 2006 07:50 AM