I tried the TikTok Target hack to find its secret in-store merchandise section – but found something very unexpected


A TIKTOKER has revealed a secret that may change the way fans shop at Target.

An unexpected stash in store could unlock rare goods for shoppers.

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Target superfans could change the way they shop with a TikToker target secretCredit: AP
@josiejo98 suggested the secret compartments under the lower shelves at Target are full of hidden treats

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@josiejo98 suggested the secret compartments under the lower shelves at Target are full of hidden treats1 credit: TikTok/josiejo98
A survey in a New York target showed that what lurks under the shelves isn't always as exciting as the TikToker alleges

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A survey in a New York target showed that what lurks under the shelves isn’t always as exciting as the TikToker allegesCredit: Tatiana Louder
Although there was no rat under the shelf, there were no X-Men toys, or anything.

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Although there was no rat under the shelf, there were no X-Men toys, or anything.Credit: Tatiana Louder

According @josiejo98, there is a possibility to find rare items in the hidden shelf lifter Target stores.

“So if you go to Target sometimes and you’re lucky, you can look underneath where they store stuff, and usually there’s a lot of really cool old stuff that people hide there,” he said. she stated.

“Go see, good discovery!” the TikToker said at the end of the video which earned 244.6K likes.

It reveals a bottom shelf elevator and a few X-Men minifigures: Magneto, Gladiator, and Sabretooth.

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The Magneto action figure, presumably the Hasbro one featured in the video, is sold online.

After a visit to the 42nd Street Target in the heart of New York’s Time Square, The Sun found that mythical hidden goods are few and far between.

A lower shelf in the toy section, similar to the one in the video, was found empty except for dust when it was lifted.

The second lifted shelf simply had parts of the metal shelf structure underneath.

Shane, the Target employee, explained the myth for what it is.

“We have this,” they said, pulling out an empty drawer hidden under a bottom shelf, “but we use it to store cleaning supplies.”

Asked about the action figures shown in the video, Shane replied, “Honestly? Probably planted.”

Viewers weren’t so easily charmed by the trick, either.

“My roommate who works at Target said there was only trash under there so if you find it clean it up lol.” TikTok user Angela Ortega said.

“I used to work at Target and it’s legit, just people hiding stuff and it makes the accounts fake,” Skyler Doyle commented.

James Freshney wasn’t so amused by the secrecy, adding, “It’s usually employees who want to hide things until they’re cleared.”

Two other users warned that the surprise inside isn’t always good.

“I literally found a rat,” Bryan Almazon said, while Calvin York added, “I feel like I would do this and find a rat.”

Target has clearance inventory of rarer “salvage items” but, according to customer rep Ryel, these are not located under the shelf as shown in the video.

“We have some items that have been deducted. These items are part of our salvage items. So we put them in as part of our clearance…”

“[These items] are mainly found in the clearance section… We have a clearance section with its own shelf.”

Clearance items are tagged in the store and not hidden.

“When you walk into the store, you see that some of our items have clearance tags.”

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In response to waves of alleged Target hacks and secrets making waves across the internet, Shane was skeptical.

“I don’t know any hidden Target secrets,” the employee said. “I wish.”

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Asked about the many Target secrets and hacks floating around, employee Shane said, “I don’t know of any hidden Target secrets. I wish so.”Credit: Tatiana Louder
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