I finally got out and did a little discovery on the Target Gift Card Glitch I’ve been hearing about.  I’ll share with you now all I know; the big question mark for me is this:  Is this truly a glitch that will be fixed?  Or is this permanent?  I hope it’s the former!

HUGE thanks to Totally Target for her excellent report that made it easy to get my head wrapped around this thing before I went and tried it out!

  • The Gift Card Glitch does NOT effect any coupon use if you’re not doing a gift card deal.
  • The Gift Card Glitch does NOT effect the usage of Target store coupons.  It only effects how you use manufacturer coupons. BUT, USE YOUR TARGET COUPONS LAST so they don’t being your total down even further before you try using manufacturer coupons.
  • The Gift Card Glitch does NOT care about the number of items purchased vs number of coupons.  It’s all about the value of products purchased vs value of coupons.

Here’s what it does effect:

  • For every $5 Gift Card deal, the Target register automatically applies a $10 manufacturer discount in the register.  If you do two $5 Gift Card deals, the register applies a $20 manufacturer discount (twice the Gift Card’s value) and so on.
  • When your

Total Spent (before coupons)
- $10 automatic manufacturer discount (or twice the value of your gift card deal)
- $any value in real manufacturer coupons
. . . falls below zero, you’ll encounter the glitch.

  • You must PRETEND that the cashier has already taken a $10 manufacturer coupon from you for every $5 gift card deal you’re purchasing.  If your total falls below zero, your manufacturer coupons will no-longer scan.
  • The ONLY work around is if your store manually enters the manufacturer coupons as store coupons; most stores will NOT.

Here are some examples of the glitch:

(1) Here’s an example of what will NOT work:

Buy 2 selected Schick Razors or Cartridges, Receive $5 Target Gift Card

Buy 2 Shick Hydro 5 $7.49 (total $14.98)
MINUS $10.00 Gift Card Glitch (total $4.98)
Use first $4.00/1 Schick Hydro 5 Razor from SS 10/3 (will scan fine: total $0.98)
Use second $4.00/1 Schick Hydro 5 Razor from SS 10/3 (will only deduct $0.98, since I’m going $3.02 below zero)

In order to do the gift card deal on razors this week, you’ll need to purchase $3.02 in other products for every two razors you buy.

Buy 2 Buy 2 Shick Hydro 5 $7.49
Buy other products, at least $3.02
(total $18.00)
MINUS $10.00 Gift Card Glitch (total $8.00)
Use 2 $4.00/1 Schick Hydro 5 Razor from SS 10/3 (total $0.00)
Pay: $10.00, Receive $5 Gift Card
Final Price: $0.99 each, when you buy 2 (plus $3.02 of other products)

(2) Here’s another example of what will NOT work on the Curel deal:

Buy 2 Selected Curel Skin Care Items, Receive $5 Target Gift Card (through Dec 18th)

Buy 2 Curel Ultra Healing Lotion, 6 oz $3.79 (total $7.58)
MINUS $10.00 Gift Card Glitch (total -$2.42)
And use two $1.00/1 Curel lotion, 3.5 oz or larger – (curel.com) (register will not accept these coupons)
Use two $1.00/1 – Curel Lotion, Excludes Trial Size, Target Coupon – (target.com) (register WILL accept these)

In order to use the two $1.00 off printable manufacturer coupons, you must purchase an additional $4.42 in product.

Buy 2 Curel Ultra Healing Lotion, 6 oz $3.79 (total $7.58)
Buy other products, at least $4.42 (total $12.00)
MINUS $10.00 Gift Card Glitch (total $2.00)
And use two $1.00/1 Curel lotion, 3.5 oz or larger – (curel.com) (total $0.00)
Use two $1.00/1 – Curel Lotion, Excludes Trial Size, Target Coupon – (target.com) (register WILL accept these)
Pay: $8.00, Receive $5 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $3.00 (plus for 2 Curels and $4.42 worth of other merchandise)

(3) One last example for those of you who may be price matching the Glade (using Safeway ad) at Target.

Buy 5 Glade Holiday Items, Receive $5 Target Gift Card

Buy 10 Glade Gar Candles, 4 oz $1.99 each (with price match from 10/20 Safeway Ad) (total $19.90)
MINUS $20.00 Gift Card Glitch (total -$0.10)
You will NOT be able to use ANY manufacturer coupons unless you purchase an additional $0.10+$12.95

In order to make this work, you must purchase an additional $13.05 worth of products to make up for the double glitch ($20) since we’re doing this gift card deal twice in one transaction.

Buy 10 Glade Gar Candles, 4 oz $1.99 each (Real total: $19.90 Glitch total $19.90)
Buy other products, at least $13.05
(total $32.95)
MINUS $20.00 Gift Card Glitch (total $12.95)
Use 5 Buy One, Get One Free Glade Jar Candle from SS 9/26  (total $3.00)
AND use 2 $1.50/2 – Glade Jar Candles, 4oz – (coupons.com) (total $0.00)
Pay: $20.00, Receive two $5 Target Gift Cards
Final Price: $10.00 for 10 candles and $13.05 of other products