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Target Rips Up Paper Checks as Payment Method

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Citing “extremely low volumes” of customers using personal checks, Target will stop accepting checks for in-store payments on July 15, 2024, as reported in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and confirmed by Target. The retailer joins several supermarket retailers that have stopped accepting checks, including Aldi, Whole Foods Market and Lidl.

“Target is committed to creating an easy and convenient checkout experience, and that includes providing our guests with numerous ways to pay, including our new Target Circle Cards (formerly known as Target RedCard); cash; digital wallets; SNAP/EBT; buy now, pay later services; and credit and debit cards,” according to a Target spokesperson.

According to the Federal Reserve, the number of payments made by check has been declining, dropping 7.2% annually between 2018 and 2021, with a total of 11.2 billion that year. However, the average value of check payments has increased from $1,908 in 2018 to $2,340 in 2021, indicating that although people are writing fewer checks, they are using them for larger transactions — and therefore are less likely to use them for a weekly supermarket stock-up trip.

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