How I was Banned from Shopping Target Online

Are your online orders being cancelled all of a sudden? Is it being cancelled regardless of what item you ordered, whether you pick in-store pickup or shipping to a different address or different names or even a new email address? You may have been banned from shopping online.

Target cancelling all my orders

Why was I restricted from shopping on Target Online?

I was hit with the ban for buying in bulk. Target has a rule in their terms of service where they state that they can pretty much cancel any order due to any reason, but the rule that probably hit me is reselling. Target sometimes offers great prices. Sometimes they don’t make a profit. Maybe sometimes lose money on a sale hoping you’d shop for other things. That’s where some of us price watchers come up with the idea to buy much as we can to resell at a profit.

Tons of Target Receipts
All the packing slips

What could trigger a red flag on your Target account?

If I could pinpoint one thing, it’s drop shipping. Where I just order online directly to the customer’s home.

I was ordering 100+ with no issues until I started to drop ship. A few cancellations here and there started happening afterwords. Then finally everything started to cancel immediately after ordering.

I don’t work at Target, but I can tell you all the mistakes I’ve made. I didn’t know there was a rule against resellers so I pretty much did everything freely

  • Bought over 100+ of the same item.
  • Sometimes shipped the item directly to the buyer instead of shipping to my own house (drop shipping) – this has to be a huge red flag
  • Ordered over $4000+ worth of goods in less than 15 days. I think this would get them nervous in that I can return all of that within 30 days if it does not sell.

How do you get unbanned from shopping Target Online?

I spoke with a Target rep about my situation and they were very courteous about my situation.

“It appears your order(s) will be unable to be processed due to the Terms & Conditions outlined on . We’re sorry for disappointing you. Your concerns with our policy will be documented.”

I have read another shopper at Target Online that got banned that argued with the customer service rep that he/she had to buy a bulk amount for a big family to get it unbanned.

Can you still shop in-stores if you’re restricted from shopping

Absolutely! In fact, I still had to fulfill orders so I went around a few Targets to wipe out whatever they had left. It was fun to watch the Target employee’s face when they grabbed one for me and I stated that I wanted all of them.

Here is a response from Target customer support

“Thank you for the additional information. Your order was canceled due in part to  Terms & Conditions found on our webpage. However, you’re more than welcome to shop in our stores for smaller quantities for personal use. If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to reach out. Thanks!”


36 Replies to “How I was Banned from Shopping Target Online”

          1. How do they know it’s you? By your mailing address? Credit card? This just happened to me and I’m super bummed. Trying to get unbanned

          2. This is a secret they don’t tell. I was able to get my friend to order to my house so it seems like it’s not the address.

  1. Question I recently got ban if I have someone order something to my apartment well it go through with there credit card and building address??

  2. I was finally hit with a ban myself and googled searched like a mad man trying to find resolution. Thanks for writing this article so I can find closure 🙁

    1. I’m sorry to hear bao. It really stinks. Wish they would just set a limit on the products like Amazon or Best Buy. Instead, they set a trap for us to buy and then ban us :/

  3. I just got banned for “irregularities” which means abnormal returns or cancellations. But they can’t really tell me what I did that was abnormal cause to all the CS reps it looked like regular purchase. No bulk, no drop shipping. No appeal process.

      1. Any way around being banned or a way I can still order online?! I really wish I could still do drive up but my account was flagged also

    1. I was just banned for irregularities. I’ve called and spoke to many CS reps and I get no further info. I’m so mad. I cannot figure out why. Drive up is so necessary.

    2. This exact thing happened to me! No warning no nothing. I am so upset I was never even given a warning before such an extreme action. Has anyone been able to fix this ?

      Can my family order still?

    1. I’m not sure how it’s tracked because new emails or different names, even gift cards don’t over ride the ban

      1. They track IP! You can change all the info you want but if you submit an order under your home ip you still get instant canceled. At least in my case you do.

  4. Has anyone who wasn’t buying I’m bulk and just had a lot of returns get this ban taken off? I didn’t even know it was an issue or I would never of done that!

    Anyone write a letter and get it fixed?

    1. I’d imagine someone that returns often would have a harder time lifting the ban. Return folks definitely lose money for Target. Bulk buyers just come in when the margin is tiny to none.

      1. Hey mashew, did they ban your credit card? or you could use someone’s account with the same credit card you used on the account where you got banned?

  5. I just found out today that I’ve been banned from shopping online at Target, account “irregularities” with no explanation after speaking to level one and level two CSRs. The last time I purchased something from them was in May 2020. I do t shop that often online at Target, but when I do, it’s clothing, and yes, I do return stuff that doesn’t fit. Why have a policy of free returns if you can’t afford it?? Ridiculous. I cancelled my RedCard and will not shop at the brick and mortar store. What a disappointment.

  6. I discovered I got banned from Target after regular orders of household items were cancelled with no explanation. It took a chat with first level CSR, and then a call with a second level CSR — and I still wasn’t given any reason other than I was told I would not be able to purchase anything through their online shop anymore. They couldn’t provide any additional information and they said that there was no appeal or reversal of this decision. I don’t purchase a lot online, but when I do, the items I return are mostly clothing. Why don’t they just warn customers like, “hey, you’re returning an awful lot” like Amazon does. I would happily drive a few miles and return in store instead of using their free return label. What a terribly run business model. I don’t plan to spend any money in their brick and mortar stores ever again.

  7. ugh I tried to place orders for pickups and delivery and got instant cancel, at first it canceled an hr later but not its instant. I have never ordered from there before.. and they said that I can only SHOP IN STore, and online and pickup orders would be cancelled immediately… THEY’RE T R A S H

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