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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review of my first shopping trip to Target, Place Alexis-Nihon, Montreal

It was a beautiful sunny day today and the weather was nice for a November day. Knowing that the Target store was finally open at the Place Alexis-Nihon, I walked my way to the to the mall very excited. But my excitement didn't worth it. Target is just another version of Zellers, in a real replica state. There is good price on some items, but most items are at the same price, if not higher than what you can find at Shoppers or Jean Coutu. Target is only another store like any other else. However, it make another store to check on for sale and bargains.

For my first time at Target, I bought for $17.83 of stuff find below.

Picture may be upload later on if I don't forget, but I guess you all know what Ivory soap and shampoo look like, among other.

I didn't find any good reduction on makeup so I didn't buy any, but I find a few things at great price. I was impressed by the low cost of their body soap and anti-antiperspirant but that was about it... I bought an Apricot facial scrub (their brand, Up & Up) at $2.69 - I usually buy the St-Yves Apricot facial scrub for a bit more; a Dove Cleartone anti-antiperspirant at $ 3.49 - it can be as much as $5+ at Shoppers (but I also saw some other brands at $2 at Target); a box of Quaker at $2 (good for my diet!); 10 Ivory soaps for $3 (at the Dollorama store, I get 3 soaps for $1,50); Herbal Essence shampoo at $1.99 and an apple cider mix for $2.99 - and it doens't taste very good but I wanted to give it a try.  

Interesting savings can be made at Target, but only on some items. I guess Target is another option for shoppers, but its not the ultimate saving spot.

It could worth it to get an RBC Target credit card. It give a 5% reduction on all purchases. Add that to their normal sales, it could add up some great value, on the purchase of a few items, but not everything they have on store.

I wasn't that much impress by my first stop at Target, I was expecting much lower prices.


Liquid said...

Nice review :) Target also opened up in Vancouver recently as part of their initial move into Canada. I haven't been in yet. The 5% credit card would make a lot of sense for people who will shop at Target regularly for groceries and toiletries, but we'll have to wait and see how popular the chain becomes, compared to Walmart :) I bought 30 shares of Target stocks earlier this year when I heard they were coming to Canada lol. They have performed mediocre so far.

Sunny said...

Hi Liquid,

I guess shoppers were expecting much lower price at Target. The expectations were high, but Target is really just another version of Zellers. There some good deal depending of their sales. It could worth a visit once every 2 weeks or once per month.

The idea to buy Target shares was good, but we never know what to expect with retail. There's so many stores out there! Even Loblaws had problems to hit the profit zone. Its not an easy sector, retailing, grocery store. Too much competitions.

Anonymous said...

Nice to know. Love reading your journal.

Anonymous said...

I disagree, Zellers was BETTER than Target. More stuff packed into the store. made for a great shopping experience for what I liked. Oh well, I guess for the basics Walmart will have to do. I stopped shopping Loblaws a few years ago, when I found Food Basics (a Metro company!). Fun how fickle we consumers are. - Cheers.


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