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Target Stores: Car Seat Trade-In Event: Recycle For New Car Seat, Stroller & Get EXPIRED

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Target [Store Locator] is hosting their Target Car Seat Trade-In Event and will accept Any Car Seats to be Recycled and In-Exchange, guests will receive a 20% Off Coupon good for the purchase of a New Car Seat, Stroller or select Baby Gear valid at any participating location through April 17, 2021.

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Note, car seats can only be traded in at a Target store A Target Circle account is required

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  1. Visit any participating Target Store location
    • Note, offer a Target Circle account is required [Free to Join]
  2. Trade in your old car seat at Guest Service for your 20% off coupon
    • Drop Off: Bring an old car seat or base to a nearby Target and drop it in the designated box inside the store
    • Scan: Open your Target App to scan the code on the box. Talk to a Team Member in Guest Services if you need help
    • Find: Open your Wallet in the Target App to find your coupon + more contactless savings
    • Save: Click the red "+" to save the offer and place your order online, or scan your barcode at the register
  3. Save 20% on a new car seat, stroller or select baby gear.
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When: Monday, April 5, 2021 through Saturday, April 17, 2021

Where: Car seats can only be traded in at a Target store.

Target will have drop-off boxes for guests' unwanted car seats located near Guest Services.

All stores are participating in the program.

Coupon + Trade-in Details

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers.

Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon.

Scan sheets will be placed on the drop-off boxes for guests to scan from their mobile device into their Circle.

Trading in two car seats? You can redeem this offer twice.

Coupons can be applied to both in-store and online purchases and are eligible through May 1, 2021.

During the trade-in event Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. Materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target's partner, Waste Management.

https://corporate.target.com/corp...t-trade-in
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cheapruss asked this question on 04-05-2021 at 06:38 AM
04-07-2021 at 01:36 PM
Yes, correct me if I'm wrong, I do believe the seat has to be empty.

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Quote from Pat_uhd459 :
Will a car seat and a car seat base be considered 2 trade ins? I have a car seat and 2 car seat bases.
Yes. A base alone is considered 1 item
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Quote from RWChiefs :
yeah, i think it's 10 years or something. But it should be printed somewhere on the seat
I heard it was 5 years. It's especially true if you park outside and the sun bakes the plastic
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You must be one of those people that think canned food expires the day it says it does (if at all). Expiration dates are planned obsolescence at best on 98% of shit. Yet another thing created to help consumers but then twisted into a way to profit (while simultaneously creating mountains of trash that is perfectly good stuff).

It's truly beyond depressing and soul crushing.
As a manufacturer of an ingestable product, I'll tell you what my "best by" date entails. We send our product our for testing to see if it has the same nutrition as is listed on the label. Every month, they pull another product from the batch and do the testing. They do this for 3-5 years or how ever long you pay them. Some nutrition in your product will break down to a point that your product no longer contains the promised nutrition on the label. At that point is my "best by" date. This is just specific to my product and different products will have different testing.

So, "best by" dates means they can't guarantee the nutrition on the label or it has a higher likelihood from growing stuff.

In this case, it may be be due to the temperature fluctuations in your typical car that deteriorates the plastics and causes it to loose its structural integrity. But of course YMMV
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#34
How to go with the process..do we have any link to register.
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(Even though there's no hope ) COME ON WALMART! That promo was great:
1) find ratty shitty old nasty carseat at the dump or one that's left outside goodwill for weeks
2) take hazmat situation into WM and get $30
3) repeat

I actually brought in 2 decent carseats, but man SO much open for abuse there..... no way they actually recycled all those nasty festering carseats. Probably had to call EPA for disposal.
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Yes. Seats usually expire between 6 - 10 years from their manufacture date. They say this limited useful life is due to the reduced safety resulting from breakdown in materials/wear and tear etc.
Carseats are made out of the same stuff my car is made out of: plastic, metal, nylon belts, fabric, etc. Guess I better throw away my expired 2013 Camry this year before I endanger the lives of my family members.
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Quote from tre4s13 :
Do car seats have expiration dates?
Quote from Karau614 :
Ymmv but when our local Targets do this , they just have a pallet sized box sitting by the entrances. The box has a QR code on it for the coupon. Therefore you don't actually have to trade anything in. Anyone can walk by and scan the code to load the coupon.
(In industry parlance that huge box is known as a gaylord, FWIW)

Quote from NavyHamster270 :
You must be one of those people that think canned food expires the day it says it does (if at all). Expiration dates are planned obsolescence at best on 98% of shit. Yet another thing created to help consumers but then twisted into a way to profit (while simultaneously creating mountains of trash that is perfectly good stuff).

It's truly beyond depressing and soul crushing.
The "expiration" of carseats is just a HUGE abundance of caution. Just like how we're told never to buy or accept a used seat because "it might have been in an accident or mistreated".

If you do some googling you'll find all sorts of excuses as to why seats "expire" such as new safety standards (then why aren't older cars "expired"?), worn metal parts (really? I have 4 kids and I've never used a seat enough that it's genuinely worn, maybe these authors have prolific metal chewers on their hands), etc. One article I found even went so far as to compare a carseat to lawn furniture - as if the two have same environmental exposures at all, not to mention they are different plastics altogether.

The physical structure of most seats is HDPE, same type of resin as milk jugs and the like, also same type of resin that is buried underground carrying natural gas for decades, or protecting subsea cabling FWIW. UV is probably the biggest culprit in degradation; low temps make it a bit more brittle. Ironically also the same resin that, once recycled, often finds its way into stuff like plastic lumber (does your deck or bench fall apart in 10 years?).

But for the price, cost/benefit and peace of mind is your own decision. Personally, through our 4 kids, we actually used much older seats as backups or for relatives (e.g. grandparents).
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A lot of people commenting on the expiration dates of carseats, but in my research I wasn't able to find one documented case of a car seat failing due to being expired. Like others have said you're probably going to want to change them out before expiration because they get dirty, but there is little evidence they become less safe over time.
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Quote from crazyinjun :
Trading in two car seats? You can redeem this offer twice.
You can redeem twice but can you stack the coupons to save >20% on a single item?
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"And the data from the crash test basically came to the conclusion that the seatbelt had done pretty close to, if not as good a job, as the car seat. And in fact, if you had just submitted the data from the crash where the crash-test dummy was in a seatbelt alone, that would have easily passed the requirements for it to be to have been a car seat, even though it was actually just a seatbelt." (for children 2 to 6). _________________ Freakanomics podcast - How Much Do We Really Care About Children? (Ep. 447)
January 13, 2021
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Quote from tre4s13 :
Do car seats have expiration dates?
Yes, they do
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You guys seem to have some exp with Target. I don't see "booster seat" specifically listed and we have a perfectly working 3rd seat (sold my leisure car) and I think our 4yr old is going to need a Booster seat in 3-4 months. Does it apply to a booster seat?

I realized my wife forgot to give away 1 of 2 baby carrier car base. Does that count towards a 20% coupon as well? We'll end up needing 2 booster seats eventually.

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When: Monday, April 5, 2021 through Saturday, April 17, 2021

https://corporate.target.com/corp...t-trade-in
Quote from un_plug :
Like Target, the intent of the trade-in was to use toward the purchase of an upgraded car seat of other needed baby items, and a limit of 2 per household.
n, and Walmart corporate officially pulled the plug 9 days earlier than the announced run.
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So during this event, does Target jack up the price of their car seats 20% or do they stay at the same price as before the event? That's typically a retail game that retailers play when things go on "sale".
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So during this event, does Target jack up the price of their car seats 20% or do they stay at the same price as before the event? That's typically a retail game that retailers play when things go on "sale".
This ain't Kohl's
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Do car seats have expiration dates?
Yeah, that's why they have these events
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