Welcome to the Wonderful World of Target Perimeter Perusing!
As many of you know, Target B&M stores are known for their terrific clearance deals. This thread is for GottaDeal.com forum members to share their latest clearance finds. Also, please keep non-clearance discussion to a minimum - there are other threads for discussing weekly sale ads and store policy. This first post will contain some background information on the wonderful world of Target clearance, otherwise known around here as Perimeter Perusing!
You may have noticed that although the sticker price (the red-orange clearance sticker) show one price, many times the items will actually scan for a lesser amount. You can use this to your advantage because many shoppers without the benefit of being GottaDeal members do not realize this and pass the item by, thinking the sticker price is the actual price. Also, many times an item is not marked clearance in any way but still may be on clearance, so if you have an item that you would consider buying if it was on clearance, we suggest you take it to the nearest scanner and check the price that comes up. This is especially true of items which other members have reported being on clearance at their local store.
The standard clearance pattern at Target usually begins by items being marked down 15% or 30% at the beginning. This price can last somewhere between two weeks to a month, depending on how well the item sells at this price and what department the item is from. Then the item typically drops to 50%, again for anywhere from two weeks to a month in most cases. Generally, the lowest an item will be marked down is 75% off, with a few exceptions.
Items considered 'holiday' or 'seasonal' items have been known to go as low as 90%, and you will find a few occasional display items or things found in the stockroom after inventory discounted in the 80%-90% range. In many cases, the lowest price an item will go will usually end in $x.x4 or $x.x8, but this is not always the case for 100% of items, so take that into consideration.
A typical markdown schedule for the seasonal or holiday clearance is as follows:
Traditional Post-Holiday Target Clearance Schedule
50% off - marked down on the day after the holiday, usually lasts for three days
75% off - marked down on the fourth day after the holiday, usually lasts for three days
90% off - marked down on the seventh day after the holiday, usually lasts for 1-3 days
Other than Christmas, this is usually the schedule used for post-holiday clearance, including Valentine's Day, Easter, Summerville, and Halloween, for at least the last few years.
The holiday mark-down does seem to fluctuate from store to store on occasion, but to help demonstrate how the holiday clearance has gone in 2008 and 2009, here is the Decatur, AL clearance dates for Valentine's Day and Halloween, courtesy of Timswife81404:
Feb. 15th, 2008 = 50%
Feb. 18th, 2008 = 75%
Feb. 20th, 2008 = 90%
Feb. 15th, 2009 = 50%
Feb. 17th, 2009 = 75% (red dot dollar spot too)
Feb. 21st, 2009 = 90%
Nov. 1st, 2008 = 50%
Nov. 4th, 2008 = 75%
Nov. 8th, 2008 = 90%
Nov. 1st, 2009 = 50%
Nov. 3rd, 2009 = 75%
Nov. 7th, 2009 = 90%
Target initiated a controversial new return policy in November 2002 that says any seasonal clearance items returned will be refunded at the current clearance price, even with a receipt showing a higher purchase price. They updated the policy in April 2003 to specify these items as Christmas trees and decorations and Halloween costumes and decorations. Other seasonal merchandise should still be refunded at the price stated on the reciept.
Christmas clearance is an animal all to itself. The dates appear to be as follows:
50% off - always December 26,lasts four to five days
75% off - within a day or two on either side of New Year's Eve/Day (12/31-01/01)
90% off - within a day or two of Epiphany (01/06)
The Decatur, AL markdown schedule for Christmas in 2007, 2008 and 2009 was as follows:
Dec. 26th, 2007 = 50%
Dec. 31st, 2007 = 75%
Jan. 4th, 2007 = 90%
Dec. 26th, 2008 = 50%
Dec. 30th, 2008 = 75%
Jan. 6th, 2009 = 90%
Jan. 2nd, 2009 = 75% Dollar Spot Christmas (black dot)
Dec. 26th, 2009 = 50%
Dec. 31st, 2009 = 75% (black dollar spot too)
Jan. 5th, 2010 = 90%
Twice a year, Target has a major clearance on toys. Once in January and again in the summer.
Here are the dates for the January toy clearance in Decatur, AL:
Jan. 10th, 2008 = 75%
Jan. 15th, 2009 = 75% on MOST toys some still 30-50%
Jan. 29th, 2009 = 75% on remaining toys
Jan. 15th, 2010 = 75% (Friday)
Other departments have an annual major clearance. Dates will be posted here as they become known.
Jan. 19th, 2009 = 75% on MOST already clearanced
Jan. 26th, 2009 = 75% on remaining clearance
Target is one of the few stores where many (although not all) of the cashiers have the ability to bargain when an item doesn't scan with a price. There are times when an item will scan as 'clearance + tax' - be happy in these situations instead of groaning. Sometimes the cashier can do a price override to find the most recent lowest price, but sometimes if you say "I'll take it for (whatever 75% off the marked retail price would be)" they'll just key that in. It's always worth a shot.
The same thing applies for an item that scans 'NOF' (Not On File). This means the item is so old that it is completely out of the computer inventory system. Again, a good suggestion is to try offering the 75% off the retail price, but if necessary a price can usually be looked up at the Guest Services Desk. However, if an item has gone 'salvage,' this may backfire on you. In this instance Target marks the item back up to full retail value before pulling it from the shelves and donating it to a charity such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army for a tax write off. This is one of the reasons how Target can claim to donate so much to charity.
The markdown teams in each many stores have been known to keep to a standardized schedule, but there are stores that have different ones, so your experience many vary. For those who do follow the standard schedule, the departmental markdown days are:
Traditional Department Mark Down Schedule
Monday - Electronics, Kids' Clothing, Stationery, Cards, Gift wrap
Tuesday - Domestics, Women's Clothing, Pets, Market Pantry
Wednesday - Men's Clothing, Toys, Health and Beauty, Lawn & Garden
Thursday - Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Sporting Goods, Movies, Music, Books, Decor, Luggage
Friday - Automotive, Cosmetics, Hardware, Jewelry
Note that while this schedule says nothing about weekend markdowns, many Perimeter Perusers on the forum have seen items change in price between a Saturday morning shopping trip and one done on a Sunday afternoon. But nobody has found any rhyme or reason to what gets marked down on those days though - another part of the fun.
Target does not have a layaway plan, but die-hard Perimeter Perusers have tried various methods of getting around this. Most are constantly debated on the forum as far as being 'ethical' or not, so we'll leave it for you to decide for yourself. Just don't be surprised to find some differing opinions if you bring it up in this thread.
When an item goes 50% off and there are several left, some posters have said they find a hiding place to put the item. They then go back to see if the item is still there several weeks later, and if so, scan it to see if it has dropped in price. Some common hiding places shared are in the middle of a round clothes rack, where all of the clothes hide the item, about a third of the way off the floor of a stack of pillows or behind similar items, perhaps with newer packaging, on the proper shelf.
Sometimes, when items are getting scarce at 50% off, posters will buy them at that price and hold on to the receipt. If they find the item later at 75% or 90% off, they will buy the item again, remove any clearance stickers that show the lower price and return the item at another time with the older, higher priced receipt, as long as it is within the 90-day return period.
While not technically a clearance topic, in this thread, you may see reference to MM Juice or MM packs. These refer to 10 packs of Minute Maid juice boxes that can generally be bought for $.69. They are found in the juice aisle mixed in with the 15 packs. This usually includes only the Grape, Apple & Fruit Punch flavors -- never Orange Juice. They look exactly like the 15 packs which are generally stocked on the shelf, but instead of having 3 rows of 5 boxes, there are only 2 rows. They are often mixed in with the others, and even hidden in the back behind the 15 packs. You may go months or longer before you find your first set, but they really do exist. They are not an urban legend. And most of us can attest that you'll do a little dance in the aisle when you find them the first time.
Helpful Target Clearance-Related Links
Target Store Locator
Target Coupon Generator
Target Clearance Locator
anyone know if the inventory checker was ever updated/replaced? I never was able to get it to work for Walmart, and it is still taking you to the home page of Target.
scored the 8 outlet surge protector/timed extension cord I saw weeks ago for 7.4x and a graco online return vibration alert for 10.66 down from 42.99
Yeah its been weeks. I thought it would have been corrected by now. I've searched all over and haven't found a replacement. The only thing I read was it's because the real target stock checker page is down, then they said the page is gone and replaced it with a new checker. So who knows... I used it all the time, I'm sad
Originally Posted by lovetoshopCA
D Y K Drill Baby drill?
I got these http://www.amazon.com/Monster-NCredi...r+N+headphones for $49.98 not sure if I am keeping them or not yet.
I can always be used as a "bad example"
If you are easily offended please turn that way and cover your ears
bought the tampax multi pack today (had 6 boxes left) for $2.98 in clearance and if you buy 3 Tampax boxes you get a $5 GC so $9 in tampons minus $5 GC makes them $4 for 3 boxes ($1.33 each)
Isn't it almost time for all the college RE stuff to go really cheap? Has anyone been following that schedule? Do you happen to know if that gets marked?
The last time I was in it was iffy, different stuff was diff % (was it always like that?). The bedding was stuck at 30% but the home stuff was maybe 15%.
Originally Posted by KC-Traderbear
Got a rug for DD's room for 70% off. Men's lounge pants and some more shirts went 70% (even some long sleeved ones) as well as some boxers and boxer briefs.
If anyone sees the non-kids rugs marked down today will you post? We just moved and I need a couple of runners for our stairway and another rug for our living room so I'm waiting. Even if they are just 50% off as opposed to 30% off I think I'm ready to buy! I can't make it there today but I have a feeling they may get marked down.
Went yesterday and didn't see any new markdowns at all.
My store was still 30 on the rugs.
All sorts of headphones marked 70% off here.
Please post of you see the housewares (the Cotton Candy maker for DD's bday next week!) hit 70%. They're 30-50% here as of today.
slave to clearance signs
bought a Nikon $169 camera $84.XX and got a boys twin quilt/sham originally $69.99 for $17.XX. This was the best I have done in a long while.
"Clearance shopping is my middle name"
Mom to Nathan (10) and Shane (8)
Lots of markdowns in electronics. Everything that had been holding at 50% finally went 70% off. Saw lots of new items marked down 50%.
057001270 E-luminator touch booklight was 19.99 now 5.98
057010194 Phillips Metro Extra bass headphones was 49.99 now 14.98
057010109 Phillips in ear headphones was 19.99 now 5.98
080020736 Boost mobile sanyo innuendo was 59.99 now 17.98
207000096 Wireless PS3 Controller was 29.99 now 14.98
207000199 Mad Catz wireless gaming headset for PS3 was 29.99 now 14.98
207007085 Nintendo DS Lego Star Wars 3 play and build kit was 9.99 now 4.98
207001084 Nintendo DS 3pack Lego Game Case was 4.99 now 2.48
Beyond Words Frame Sets were $11.99. They must have been returns since I saw them once at 30% then they disappeared. The one with "FAMILY" had two L's and a scratched frame so we left.
Huffy 2 wheel Spiderman scooter was 17.49 (50%).
I tried looking it up when I got home - the few reviews I found were mixed. Does anyone know if this scooter is worth having? My other 2 kids will be getting Razor scooters. I thought the Spiderman one would be good for DS, if the quality is similar.
FYI...rugs were 50% off today (not sure if they got marked today or yesterday). I got the two runners that I wanted b/c they were the only two left, but I'm eyeing some of the bigger ones for when they go 70% off. There were quite a few marked down.
Oh, and the duvet covers (variety) were 70% off but the comforter sets were still 50% off.
A bunch of toys marked down for a second time on the end caps got a baby alive for 9.99 after two markdowns and hasbro 5$ off coupon. Also got a doll with a bath play set for $5.98! There were my little pony sets and cuponk, a couple of 1s and 2s of other toys 3 end caps full though!
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Great day at Target. Thanks to previous post, I went through the toy department and cleaned up.
Kreo building sets 2.xx, 5.xx
Lego Harry Potter Game 9.xx
Zoobles set 7.xx
Board Games 3.xx to 6.xx (sliders, cuponk, pictionary, etc)
Baby doll sets 3.xx to 8.xx
I will try and post #s later when I have time.
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Nice wooden box classic games Brain Teasers and Mexican Train dominoes for 4.98 each....just knocked off 4 gifts off my list....!
As a mom who has bought a few scooters, the quality of the Razor brand is MUCH better. You won't end up saving much buying this one, in all likelihood, as you will have to replace it sooner anyway. TRU often runs a good price on the Razor scooters if you keep your eyes open for them. They had them pretty cheap this summer a few times. Amazon often runs them on their holiday special, too. I DID get a Razor scooter trick version (they don't sell it anymore) a few years ago where the back wheel is about to turn 360 degrees. DS the elder LOVES it, but it is still Razor.
Originally Posted by fluffkin79
Thanks. I've been leaning toward taking it back and getting a razor instead. DS6 won't be doing crazy tricks, but I don't want to take the chance that his will break before his sisters'.
Originally Posted by lovetoshopCA
Quick question for the vets... I've been eyeing an electronic. It went to 50% on October 1st. There are still 2 or three sitting in the case. do you think they'll hit 70% on Monday if they are still there?
Some pool toys went to 70% off today. Got water blasters and clear ring $2.36 and $1.38, respectively. Got goggles and other water toys for easter baskets.
Picked up a deep fryer at 50% off for $39.99 because it was last one and I didn't think it would last until 70%. Foreman grills were also at 50% off.
Has anyone noticed if the little girl sports bras and running shorts have gone 70% yet? Last week, they were still at 50%.
Oct 13, 2012 11:20 am
There was a lot on clearance today Lots of phone accesories, kitchen, food, toys from 30-70%
I got a Magic Bullet Party unit for $12.48 orig $60.
Soda stream ginger ale, diet cola, citus $1.48 each
Air mattresses 50% off, fishing 50-70% off, bikes too
Do you happen to know if they sell the sugar for the Cotton Candy Maker?
Originally Posted by dtwdmaty
I scored a cars pool toy for 7.xx and some men's C9 adjustable pool sandals for 4.47.
Reading in the mountains
Picked up an ottoman for 8.50 yesterday