Target generates nearly $70 billion of revenue out of approximately 1,500 stores and its website, Target.com. Their ecommerce site generated $1.4 billion in 2011 revenue, which was up 9.8% over 2010 and placed them 23rd on the Internet Retailer Top 500 List.
Target sells excess inventory, returns, shelf pulls, store stock and joblots by the pallet and truckload the old fashioned way. They have the proverbial "list" of 15 or 20 people who they have been selling customer returns and overstock inventory to for decades. It is the classic 'old boys' network at its best. If you can't break into that network, and most people can't, you will be forced to buy from the priveledged few who are in. This will create a layer of markup that you will pay to those middlemen and is very likely to make the inventory unprofitable for you.
Until Target moves to a more modern solution that provides equal access to inventory for every interested buyer, my advice is to avoid these loads.
Below are two examples of the Target inventory returns manifests that get circulated widely by these few buyers who buy the loads directly. Typically, they will blast these lists to anyone they can reach, negotiate a sale and then turn around and offer Target some amount less than that. Often, they will be too late and will come back to the buyer to say, "Sorry, can't do the deal."
Sample Target Stores Inventory manifests:
The funny thing is that Target believes they are protecting themselves by limiting the distribution to a few buyers. They don't realize, or choose not to acknowledge that these few buyers then blast the lists out to the world.