Target’s return policy is one of the more generous out there. They go out of their way to make it easy. For instance, you can return all Target’s store-owned brands for up to a year after your purchase and get a full refund back. (Even food!)

Is Target accepting returns that have been opened? What is Target’s return policy for electronics? Does Target refund every return? I’ll answer all of your questions.

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1. Return used or worn Target brand products for up to a year.

This is one of the best parts of the Target return policy. They have a one-year guarantee for all “Target-Owned Brands.”

Here are some of the most popular Target-owned brands you’ll recognize:

That means if you buy your kids new Cat & Jack leggings and they fall apart after ten months, you can still get a full refund or exchange them for new leggings without an issue.


2. Even if you don’t have tags, you can return an opened item.

The Target return policy without tags is still pretty lenient. If you have your app, a receipt, or the card you paid with, Target will accept unused/unworn/opened returns without tags for the full return period.

Target return policy allows returns without a box as long as you have proof of purchase and aren’t past the return window. Fun fact: that’s where the repackaged merch in the clearance section comes from.

PRO TIP: If you’ve got anything you want to return and you’re past the Target return policy window, contact the manufacturer directly and see if you can still get a return or exchange.


3. You can even return Target brand food after a year.

Yes, you read that right. You’ve got a year to return food from Target-owned food brands like Archer Farms, Market Pantry, Simply Balanced, and Good & Gather for a full Target refund.

So yes, you can totally return those Archer Farms chicken cutlets that got pushed to the back of the freezer a few months back.

For all other food brands, you’ve got the usual 90 days to return.


4. You really don’t need a receipt; just use your account for Target returns.

Having a Target account makes saving receipts totally obsolete. Seriously, if you just sign up for a Target account and give your phone number at checkout, your order will be attached to your account. Then, just use your Target app to initiate your return while you’re in the store.

Last time I had to make a Target return, I pulled up the order, had the Target employee scan the barcode on my app, and the money was back on my RedCard within minutes.


5. If you paid with a card, Target can also look up your purchase without a receipt.

If you shop with a credit or debit card, you can toss your Target receipts on the way out the door. Target can access return barcodes and receipts of any in-store or purchase paid for with a card.

Here are all the payment methods Target can use to find proof of purchase:

  • Target RedCard
  • Visa, American Express, Mastercard, and Discover card
  • Target gift cards (you’ll need the physical card)
  • Checks (you’ll need a blank check from the same checking account)



6. Return opened beauty products with Target’s makeup return policy.

Even if your Target makeup has been opened, you’ll get the usual 90 days (or 120 days with RedCard) to return it. This covers most beauty items bought in store or online.


7. Return most items within 120 days with a Target RedCard, 90 without.

The general Target return policy gives you 90 days to return most items. But if you’re a Target RedCard holder, you get an extra 30 days to return most items.


8. You can return things at Target without a receipt, but there’s a $100 yearly limit.

If you paid in cash and don’t have proof of purchase (i.e. no receipt, return barcode, or a packing slip), you’ll still get a Target refund in the form of a merchandise return card. (You can’t use a merch card online or to buy other gift cards, alcohol, or in-store Starbucks.)

Here’s the thing, though: to fight fraud, Target only lets you return up to $100 worth of merchandise every 365 days. They scan your ID, too, so Target’s got their eye on you.


9. If you’re returning something the day you bought it, you’ll need a receipt.

Target’s system requires 24 hours before employees are able to look up a purchase made on a card. So if you bought something in store, you’ll need your physical receipt to return it within a day.


10. Return an item from a BOGO free promotion for a prorated discount.

When you return one item from a BOGO free promotion, you receive a prorated amount based on which item costs more.

So, let’s say you buy two baby bath toys worth $5 each during a BOGO free promotion. If you change your mind on one of the toys and decide to return it, you’ll receive a refund of $2.50. The BOGO free savings is essentially split between the two toys, giving you 50% off each item.

Things get trickier when you buy two items of unequal value. Let’s say you buy two smart speakers of any brand that are BOGO free. The first speaker retails for $60 and the second for $40. In this case, you’re getting the $40 item free for a $100 total retail value purchase. That savings gets applied like it’s 40% off each item. So, if you were to return the $60 speaker, you would be refunded $36.

This prorated return policy also goes for BOGO 50% off deals.

Too much math? Don’t worry. The return value of every item is shown as a line item on every Target receipt.



11. Get a prorated refund for gift card promo items.

If you return a qualifying item from a gift card promotion, your refund will be reduced by the prorated value of the free gift card.

So, if you bought two Tide detergents to earn a $5 gift card and you return one Tide, you’ll be refunded $2.50 less than what you actually paid. And, of course you’ll get to keep your gift card.

If you bought three $10 items that were part of a “spend $30, receive a free $10 Target gift card” promo and you return one of those items, your refund will be worth $3.33 less than what you actually paid for the item.


12. If you used manufacturer coupons, YMMV when it comes to returns.

So here’s an interesting case. If you return an item you purchased with a manufacturer coupon, your mileage may vary (YMMV). Which means you may or may not be refunded for the value of that coupon. I’ve experienced it going both ways and there is no official policy.

The truth is that Target has likely already sent the coupon away to the manufacturer for reimbursement, so even though no one is seeking to defraud the manufacturer for the value of the coupon, if you return an item you used a MFR coupon to buy, that’s what’s happening whether Target hands you the money back or not. As a best practice, I try to avoid returns when I’ve used a manufacturer coupon.


13. Bought new gadgets? The Target electronics policy gives you a month to bring ’em back.

Most electronics and entertainment items from Target only have a 30-day return policy. Apple brand products, however, only have 15 days, and mobile phone purchases have 14 days. In some states, mobile phone returns come with a $35 restocking fee.

For any electronics bought between Oct. 1 and Dec. 25, that return period begins on Dec. 26.


14. Music, movies, and games can’t be returned once opened — only exchanged.

With the Target exchange policy, opened music CDs, movies, video games, and software can’t be refunded but can be evenly exchanged at the store for the same title.

For Target video games, you can also exchange the same title for a different console (PlayStation instead of Xbox).


15. You can’t return Target gift cards at all.

Yup. Doesn’t matter if they’re opened or not, digital or physical, you’re not getting any refund.



16. You also have 90 days to return Target Optical purchases.

Grab some new glasses but they’re not quite your look? Like most of the stuff at the store, you’ve got 90 days to change your mind about what you got at Target Optical.

When it comes to contacts, though, they’ve gotta be totally unopened and unmarked. And if your glasses are damaged, you can only return them if they got damaged during delivery.


17. third-party returns are more random.

Like Walmart and Amazon, lets you buy things from third-party sellers. But the return windows are a bit more all over the place.

I just bought a new case and screen protector for my iPhone from a third-party seller, and they gave me 60 days to return them (I have a RedCard, to be fair).

But looking at other third-party items (“sold and shipped by” other companies), I saw anywhere from 30 to 90 days to return. Your best option is to click “Shipping & Returns” on the product page, and it’ll show you how much time you have to return.


18. Cancel your Target order before it’s processed and you won’t be charged.

If you’ve changed your mind about something before the order’s been totally processed, you can still cancel and not have to deal with returns at all.

But here’s the thing: the processing could take half an hour or an entire day. So if you change your mind, get canceling!


What’s been your experience with the Target return policy? Drop a comment below!

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