Michelle from I Heart Saving Money passed on an e-mail from one of her readers, Carmen, who was told that all you had to do to receive a mailer was apply for a REDcard and then you would be on the mailing list. She asked me if I knew anything about that. As usual the whole mailer debate is a whole lot foggy but here’s what I know and my thoughts:
There are 2 different types of Target REDcards. There is a Target Check Card which works like a Debit Card through your checking account and there is a Target Credit Card. You can go HERE to see the differences and apply for both- but you can also just apply in the store as well.
If you ask Target Guest Services about Home Mailers there are many different answers you will get- the only one consistent answer that you will usually get- is that there is no specified mailing list for mailers.
I have been told that having a REDcard gives you a greater chance of receiving a mailer. This may be true- After all I have a REDcard and did get ONE in the past YEAR. According to many of you who have REDcards and have e-mailed me very frustrated- you have as good a chance to get NONE.
I have been told that it depends on what you SPEND on your REDcard regarding frequency and amount. As far as frequency goes- I tend to disagree- as I FREQUENTLY spend on my card. As far as how much you spend- this may be true- as with all my couponing- maybe I don’t SPEND enough on my REDcard to get a mailer.
I also think that it is just as easy for Target to purchase direct mailing lists in order for them to “Target” specific demographics with these mailers in order to entice more people to shop at their stores. It would be smart on their part, but sad for those who wished they would “Target” them with a mailer!
I know for many people a credit card is Taboo- and I am trying to convert myself to that way of thinking- or at least pay my balances that are spent each month. But you can also apply for a Check Card which won’t get you into as much trouble- since it runs off your checking account. AND- if applying to get a Target REDcard Check Card means that it possibly puts you on a mailing list- you really have nothing to lose.
BUT keep in mind since it runs through your checking account- you will probably be required to supply your banking information. Once you get your check card- it does not mean you have to use it, and there is no fee for having it. And maybe, just maybe, you will be on some kind of list that will help a mailer to find its way into your mailbox.