Target has stopped selling on eBay and provided EcommerceBytes with the following statement explaining the move:
"Target has discontinued its eBay store. We are making this change so we can focus more resources on Target’s digital strategy on Target.com and in our stores. We thank eBay for their partnership and work with us over the last several years."
Target's main ID shows it had been a member of eBay since October 10, 2012, and while it has zero listings currently for sale, feedback for purchases continue to come in from customers who made recent purchases.
Based on Target's feedback, it was selling a wide variety of items at a wide price point. On just the first page of feedback (most recent - within the past month), it showed the cheapest item was a pillar candle for $5.99, and the most expensive item was a baby dresser and topper for $319.99. Other items ranged from blu-rays to coffee makers.
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were the first to notice, and some speculated that the two companies may have had a contract and perhaps eBay wasn't meeting minimum sales requirements. Others speculated that perhaps Target or eBay was an acquisition target (no pun intended).
Target does not sell on Amazon, but if you do a search for Amazon on Target's website, you'll find a wide selection of Amazon devices available for sale.
The timing appears poor for eBay as it tries to attract brands to its site both as merchants and advertisers. Any thoughts on Target's decision to exit eBay?
Update: There's some question as to whether "Target Store" on Amazon is the account of Target Corp. We're seeking an answer.
Update: We originally reported Target sold on Amazon, but it appears the seller Target Store is not the account of Target Corp., which pointed out the product descriptions of that seller include an @outlook.com email address.
Update: A Target spokesperson confirmed that "Target Store" on Amazon is not associated with Target Corp. in any way.