If you haven’t heard the news yet, Target Canada is ceasing operations and closing all stores. This past week, the chain started its closing/out of business sale and the wife was super excited to go and stock up on essential household items and various toys and cosmetics.
Target in Toronto
I can probably count the number of times we have been to Target in Canada on one hand. The nearest store is the Junction, which is around 9 km away. Nine km is not that far, but when you have to go through downtown Toronto traffic, 9 km might as well be 50 km.
To minimize the traffic frustrations, the wife got up very early on Saturday and we were out of the door in no time. I was a little hesitant to go since it was 3rd day of the sale and I was expecting to see empty shelves and aisles, but when we got to the Junction, we walked into a fully stocked Target with very few shoppers. There were “sale” signs everywhere with anything from 5% off to 30% off.
The wife immediately went for a cart as she had a huge list of items to buy, but as soon as we loaded it up with toilet paper, we started to question the sales and the fully stocked shelves. The toilet paper we had just placed in our cart was on “sale” for $21, which seemed very expensive to me. Sure, the regular price was listed at $23 (yay, Canadian sales!), but there was something fishy about all this.
As the wife wandered around, I pulled out my phone and opened Flipp. Side note: If you haven’t used this app, you must get it! Click here for iOS and here for Android. This app works in Canada and has saved me so much money over the past few months. Not making money off this recommendation, I just love this app.
Anyways, I searched for “toilet paper” and immediately got a bunch of results, but what surprised me was the top result. The same toilet paper package was on sale at Canadian Tire for $9.99. The sale was at 47% off the regular price. Wait a minute! Why is Target, which was across the street from Canadian Tire by the way, selling the same toilet paper for $23 when it was only $19 (regular price) at the store across the street? This isn’t very competitive. This is why Target went out of business in Canada.
I did some more searching on Flipp for the items we were there to buy and found out that all of them were actually cheaper at the nearby stores and by a lot! When I showed this to the wife, we quickly put back everything we had in the cart and returned it. The only items my wife ended up buying were a few eyeliners and I got some envelopes and coin wrappers…and a box of Lego…because come on! We quickly paid for our stuff and left to go to Canadian Tire across the street. And this is how we saved money at Target!
I liked the Target stores in Canada. They were clean, well organized, tidy, well stocked, but they never offered the same low prices as their US stores or as any of the Canadian competitors. It is sad to see the chain leave Canada, but it makes more financial sense. And the closing sale? Not good, not good at all.
Also, if you have never used Flipp, get it now!