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Old 10-21-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Target Red Card for Canadians?

I've read on the Budget Board that Target sells Disney gift cards, and their Red Card holders save 5% on the cost of the cards. I'd love to buy gift cards to cover some of our incidental expenses, and if I can save some money in the process, that would be great!

I read on another forum that Canadians can get a Red Card without a US Social Security Number by presenting another credit card and their driver's licence. When I tried at a Target in MI over the summer, I was told that I would need to give my Social Insurance Number. I didn't feel comfortable giving out that number to a customer service rep in the store, so I didn't get the card.

We're planning another trip to the US before our trip to WDW in December, and I'm wondering if I should try again. Has anyone here successfully got a Target Red Card. If so, did you have to give your SIN, or how did you get around the request for a SSN?
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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I got a red card

But you need to give your Social Insurance number.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
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I have a red card and have had one for years -however, I have a social security number as well. I did just get another U.S. credit card and gave my social insurance number with out difficulty. You do save the 5% at Target when you use the card.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Hmmm..
Now that Target is coming to Canada it makes me wonder if we'll be able to get the red card here? It would be nice if we could. The Zellers in our local mall is being replaced with a Target in the new year.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:05 PM   #5
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Hmmm..
Now that Target is coming to Canada it makes me wonder if we'll be able to get the red card here? It would be nice if we could. The Zellers in our local mall is being replaced with a Target in the new year.
I too have a Target card, and when I last spoke to credit services, they told me that they are working on what type of card to offer us Canadians. There are many of us who will shop in both US and Canada, so they are trying to determine what the best course of action is for Canadian Target customers.

We love Target and are very excited for it to open! Tiger
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:06 AM   #6
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I hope that we wouldn't need two! But, I'm not sure how they would get around the exchange issue. I imagine the U.S. Target will still be the closest in my area - I don't think we are getting one in my town.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:42 AM   #7
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Yeah, I guess I'll just have to get over my worries about giving out my Social Insurance Number. It's so easy to pick stuff up at Target when we cross the border. I know I'd benefit from having one.

Target will be opening here next March. I'm sure we won't see anywhere near the deals that are available at US Target stores, but it will be interesting to see!
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:26 PM   #8
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How do you pay your Target US card from here? Do you just mail a cheque? I am torn between waiting to see what the Canadian product may be or going for the US product when we go down in about a week.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #9
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Target may not be able to request SIN numbers in Canada, due to our privacy legislation. The "requirement" to divulge a SIN to apply for some/all? credit cards in the U.S. is one of the reasons I never do so. We have good privacy legislation that limits the use of a SIN in Canada, partly because a SIN can be very easily used to steal an identity.

Just sayin'--there's no credit card on earth that is worth making your identity vulnerable to potential thieves.
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Gigi22 is correct .. I think Privacy laws here will trump that easily.
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I hope that we wouldn't need two! But, I'm not sure how they would get around the exchange issue. I imagine the U.S. Target will still be the closest in my area - I don't think we are getting one in my town.
Chances are we will probably need two cards, as there is the price discrepancy and different credit card rules bestween our two countries. I am confident that Target will work something out for us!

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Yeah, I guess I'll just have to get over my worries about giving out my Social Insurance Number. It's so easy to pick stuff up at Target when we cross the border. I know I'd benefit from having one.

Target will be opening here next March. I'm sure we won't see anywhere near the deals that are available at US Target stores, but it will be interesting to see!
We can't wait for our store to open up either!!

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How do you pay your Target US card from here? Do you just mail a cheque? I am torn between waiting to see what the Canadian product may be or going for the US product when we go down in about a week.
We actually have a US based (Georgia) bank account, so our Target card is paid automatically each month through the US account (set for auto debit).

You can also pay with cash each month @ Target at time of purchase or go in before the next month due date and pay it. Target has a great online system, so you can see your balance and make payments on there.

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #12
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I pay it there - but you could pay it by mail.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:46 PM   #13
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Yeah, I figured paying the bill wouldn't be a big problem. I could just pay it at the store after checking out. We do have a US$ account from TD so I could mail a cheque in a pinch, but I'd rather just pay it off right away.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #14
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Just found this article. It's relevant to our discussion here and looks like Target will be issuing credit cards through TD.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...64/?cmpid=rss1
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Just found this article. It's relevant to our discussion here and looks like Target will be issuing credit cards through TD.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...64/?cmpid=rss1
Thanks for sharing.

Only mentions US Target credit cards, so not sure if this will pertain to Canadian Target shoppers at some point, since TD is a Canadian bank.

Can't wait to see what Target has in store for us Canadians!

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