Readers had mixed feeling about whether or not I should use a $20 Target gift card that requires me to set up a wedding registry (I’m not engaged), but ultimately provided an ethical solution.
Laura’s perspective is that I’d be earning the money. “I would use it. You did go through the trouble of opening the mail, reading the exclusions, etc. Besides, if you are willing to go through the hassle of using the registry, I say go for it.”
Evie, who is boycotting Target, said even if she did patronize the store it wouldn’t be worth her time. “Since I won’t shop at Target, if I got something like that it the mail, it would go in the trash. Besides, I don’t think it would be worth the time to set up a registry.”
Mike is willing to take on the challenge if I pass. “To heck with boycott or karma…Target has challenged you to give them info on yourself and your likes. Use it using a extra email address you might have set up but rarely check. I just went to the registry and looks simple enough and should be able to add many items and be done with in under 10 min and for that you get $20 bucks… i say go for it … or ship it to me and let me play their game.”
Becky thinks I should acknowledge the card was sent to me in error and trash it. “I really cannot believe everyone thinks you should use it! NO, you should NOT. I love coupons, but creating a wedding registry just to get 20 bucks? YOU are not engaged. It was sent to you in error. It also says you may not transfer it to a friend… throw it away. What if it was $20 for creating a baby registry and you were not pregnant? Would you create a fake baby registry to get $20? Is it any different?”
Tahrer has a clear conscious. “Sending it to your friend would be very generous. However, I don’t think it would be considered wrong if you use it. That is because the qualifications only specify that a registry must be made. Once you perform the qualifications then you have a right to use it.”
Renee Strange had the best idea yet. “Since you’re torn on the issue, ask the clerk at Target what THEY think. My bet is they’ll shrug their shoulders and say, no problem! It’s an opportunity for them to make money.”
I’m going to do that Renee! Thanks for so many great ideas, everyone.