One cannot deny-eth: manually rechecking out of stock products online, to see if they’re restocked, is annoying.
Yes, it’s easier than it was in the pre-digital era. You’re not getting in your car and venturing to the mall to see if it’s back on the shelf, and then spending too much money at the food court because leaving the house and walking through a mall makes you hungry.
You sit in front of your laptop with a bag of Doritos and Google it.
Hey, the modern-day eCommerce shopper quips, *online shopping isn’t always a walk in the park. Especially at Target.
And it’s true. Target is the quintessential example of how 21st century online shopping isn’t as easy and convenient as it’s made out to be.
You’re searching Target’s website for the product you’re after, only to come face-to-face with the Out of Stock label. Then you’re checking other retailer sites for the same product, only to come to that slow and painful realization Target’s prices are probably better. Or the product’s just not offered anywhere else.
Which wouldn’t be such a bad thing, if only Target provided accurate and dependable restock alerts. The Dorito bag crumples in your fist.
The seventh largest retailer in the United States has a wonky and unreliable product restocking system that makes it anything but easy for the modern eCommerce shopper.
Visualping automatically checks any web pages online – including out of stock product pages – for changes, and sends you an email alert when there’s a change, such as the page getting updated with the “Back in Stock” label.
I’ll briefly run through a couple of the reasons relying on Target for in stock alerts is hopeless, and , and how you can get set up with a Target inventory checker to reliably notify you when something is back in stock, instead.
Sign up with Visualping to monitor any Target product page and get notified when products are back in stock at Target.
When Target products are out of stock, you have the option to either manually check the website for when it is restocked, or repeatedly call your local store and ask one of the employees to check their shelves and system for availability.
But employees usually don’t disclose when products are back in stock because it depends on the manufacturer and demand. Inventory is restocked on a rotating basis – it depends on the manufacturer’s availability.
Employees are also discouraged from providing restock dates to avoid frustration from any potential supply chain disruptions. Which, in this post-pandemic era, there’s been plenty of. They mine as well tell you they hate you.
If the product you want is out of stock, you may see the option to sign up to be notified when it becomes available. Below the “Out of stock” is an “Alert me” option.
But many complain Target’s restock alerts are glitchy and inaccurate. It isn’t unusual to receive several restock alerts in one day, only to find the product is still out of stock online each time. Even if customers check the website a few seconds after receiving the alerts, the product is still listed as out of stock. Many Dorito bags crumple in confusion and pain.
That’s why savvy eCommerce shoppers turn to an inventory checker tool, like Visualping, to be automatically notified when their products are back in stock.
If you’re not drawn to the idea of manually rechecking Target’s product pages over time, consider signing up for a target inventory checker that does the work for you, and probably better than you ever could: Visualping.
It checks web pages at preset intervals: that can be daily, hourly, every 15 minutes – even as frequently as every 5 minutes.
When Visualping detects a web page change in the page area you want it to check, it sends you an automatic email alert, notifying you of the change, and even showing it to you in a screenshot, the changes highlighted for you to see.
Visualping has been mentioned by NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Politico, among other press, as a simple and easy-to-use tool for receiving web page change alerts.
Setting up a restock alert is easier than remembering to manually check whenever you have a moment. Visualping sends you a back in stock alert whenever Target restocks the product.
You can stay on top of what’s on the shelves without stressing about it. Shop smart, not hard.
When it detects a page change – such as the Out of Stock label replaced with Back in Stock – you get an email alert. The alert includes a screenshot of the web page, with all the changes highlighted for you to see.
There’s also a link, at the bottom of the alert, so you can navigate to your monitored page and make your purchase – promptly, before the restock catches on and it runs out of stock again.
To check for changes, Visualping takes automatic screenshots of the product page at regular intervals – every 5 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly, daily, etc – and compares each image to the last to check for changes.
Visualping is free. You can monitor up to 5 pages/day, with daily checking frequency – that’s 150 checks/month.
There are also several affordable subscription options for higher frequency monitoring, starting at $10/month, for hourly checking. You can monitor as frequently as every 5 minutes.
For hotter products that sell out fast, higher frequency plans are a good idea, vastly increasing your chances of snagging the product before it sells out again. Check out Visualping’s pricing to learn more.
On a more serious note, it’s been used as a baby formula stock tracker during the baby formula shortage in mid 2022.
And, during the Coronavirus pandemic, when vaccines were first approved at the onset of 2021, hundreds of thousands used Visualping to be alerted of Covid-19 vaccine availability in their neighborhood.
And getting setup is a breeze.
To get started with a Target inventory checker, simply navigate to Visualping’s homepage, and copy and paste the URL of the product page you want to track.
Next, customize your monitoring settings, such as the part of the page you want monitored, how often you want the page checked, and the email address you want the alerts sent to.
To add items to a watchlist, simply repeat this process with each product page URL you want automatically monitored for changes.
And you’re done!
Step 1: Copy and paste the URL of the Target product page you want to monitor into the search field on Visualping’s homepage. You don’t need to first sign up. Click Go.
Step 2: Once the page appears in the viewport, select the part of the page you want monitored. For price tracking inventory availability, this is the part of the page surrounding the “Out of stock” or “Sold out” label.
Step 3: Specify the frequency you want Visualping to check the page – every 5 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly, daily, etc.
Step 4: Type the email address you want the alerts to be sent to. Click Start Monitoring, and that’s it!
Step 5: Visualping will send you an email, asking you to make a password for your account. Don’t forget to do this. The password completes your account, allowing you to receive the alerts for web page changes.
It also gives you access into your user dashboard, where you can monitor all your products and web page changes in one place.
Set it and forget it – We’ll let you know when Target restocks their shelf.
Happy Target inventory monitoring!