Target Gets Wise To Brickseek Tracking

It looks like Target has taken steps to thwart collectors that use Brickseek.com to track inventory and find the lowest prices in their respective areas. Now when you enter a DPCI or UPC, it simply states “in stock” or “out of stock” and lists ” N.A.” for the pricing. I guess we’ll have to see of this is a temporary or permanent update. Walmart inventory tracking appears to not be effected. Yet.

Thanks to @sw_up_wir20 for the heads-up.

  • bob

    Because if you know they don’t have anything, then you won’t visit their stores as often, so instead of restocking to convenience you, they just kill the messenger and keep doing the same crappy job.

  • bob

    This sucks, now the ebay lifers that can afford to check every store, every day will get the advantage.

  • Vince

    It’s showing prices to me, but no longer shows quantity.

  • Diddly: Basic B****

    Meh, I haven’t bought any non-food items from Target in ages. They simply don’t stock anything anymore.

  • Josuethefanboy_7

    I’ve been trying to access Wal-Mart’s upc but nothing yet.

  • HAVE YOU SMELT IT

    of course, EVERYTHING gets ruined when you let enough people in on it. Some morons kept walking up to customer service showing it to them and insisting on getting the best price instead of driving. Thank you again morons.

  • Indysolo007

    I hope Target enjoys my daily calls to see if stock levels change. Guest services is going to love me…

  • Darthoutwithyoursaberout

    Good so now it’s a wild hunt! Makes the playing field fare none should be able to look up or know when a truck is coming or know what there invatory is what’s on clearance so fourth lol I think it’s good there on to it hopefully Walmart dose to!

    • Indysolo007

      I disagree wholeheartedly. This tool helped collectors not waste time and energy at stores that continuously refuse to restock. I believe the diligent collector uses every application available in the hunt and this was certainly fair game. I think it is too bad there may now be one less arrow left in the quiver for the dwindling collector community.

    • bob

      More wasted trips to the store, it only really benefits Target in a petty way.

  • James

    Weird they would go this route. They are public API’s, I wonder if people using brickseek were complaining to Target associates about stock levels being off? Maybe being a bit rude as well? Funny that target would attack brickseek for issues with tracking their own inventory. Target inventory counts have been consistently off but not nearly as off as some of my local Walmarts. Like that one Walmart that shows a count of 8 for TBS 40th when they have had none for months.

  • bnicks87

    From Brickseek’s Facebook page:

    “In order to maintain a positive and ongoing relationship with Target going forward, the quantity numbers were removed from the Target Inventory Checker. It is possible they could return at some point, but for now the inventory checker will simply return a status of In Stock, Limited Availability, Out of Stock. If you have alerts set you will still be notified if the quantity changes it just won’t show the actual number.”

    • Brian B.

      Then it’ll be no different than checking Target’s own site from this point on since that’s all it says too. Ah well.

      • Exactly! It’s one useless service making another somewhat useful service useless now. Almost like “if we don’t give you what you want then we don’t want anyone else doing so either.”

    • bob

      Ah, a conflict of corporate interest, isn’t figure collecting magical?

  • Jaken Wraith

    I never hunt down the cheapest price, by the time an item hits a “clearance” Price i usually have it already by then. I just use B-Seek for new item’s to jump on them as soon as they come in-stock for the first time.

    • Brian Beck

      same here, never noticed the price part.

      • Jaken Wraith

        It is kind of a douche move by Target though. B-Seek got me my Legacy Pack way early (March) from my Target. Had it pulled from the back and they didn’t notice the Street Date. Then when the Date finally hit, they had nothing really left for the 40th end-cap.

  • SteveU1

    It has been that way for my area for about 3 weeks now. I was wondering why

  • JediLurkerNoMore

    Ugh…

  • Chris Henry

    Just one more reason NOT to shop at target.

  • Hazzbro Jonez

    yea they implemented this practice with the SNES classic. some larger stores showed numbers, while the smaller stores said “NA” “INSTOCK” “OUT OF STOCK”

  • Stereotypical Evil Archer

    How does this help Target sell more? It doesn’t. Why go regressive?