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Perimeter Perusing at Target (Target Clearance Deals) - Q2 2012


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#1 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Mar 31, 2009 - 1:54 pm

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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:

Posted Image 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:

Valentine's 08
Feb. 15th, 2008 = 50%
Feb. 18th, 2008 = 75%
Feb. 20th, 2008 = 90%
Valentine’s 09
Feb. 15th, 2009 = 50%
Feb. 17th, 2009 = 75% (red dot dollar spot too)
Feb. 21st, 2009 = 90%

Halloween 08
Nov. 1st, 2008 = 50%
Nov. 4th, 2008 = 75%
Nov. 8th, 2008 = 90%
Halloween 09
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:

Christmas 07
Dec. 26th, 2007 = 50%
Dec. 31st, 2007 = 75%
Jan. 4th, 2007 = 90%
Christmas 08
Dec. 26th, 2008 = 50%
Dec. 30th, 2008 = 75%
Jan. 6th, 2009 = 90%
Jan. 2nd, 2009 = 75% Dollar Spot Christmas (black dot)
Christmas 09
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:

Toys 08
Jan. 10th, 2008 = 75%
Toys 09
Jan. 15th, 2009 = 75% on MOST toys some still 30-50%
Jan. 29th, 2009 = 75% on remaining toys
Toys 10
Jan. 15th, 2010 = 75% (Friday)

Other departments have an annual major clearance. Dates will be posted here as they become known.

Baby 09
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:

Posted Image 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.

Posted Image Helpful Target Clearance-Related Links

Target Store Locator
Target Coupon Generator
PerimeterPerusing.com
Target Clearance Locator



#2 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Jun 30, 2011 - 7:34 am

This quarter's thread continues the PerimeterPerusing.com summary feature. Each quarter, PerimeterPerusing.com will contain a summary of clearance finds for the current quarter. It will only include items posted using the proper format, so please read below to find out how to make sure your clearance finds are included.

The list for the current quarter will be updated periodically (usually hourly) by an automated script. The script will go through the thread looking for lines which are labeled as being clearance finds and add them to the summary.

Again, when you want to add an item to the summary, include it in your post and prefix the line by adding three consecutive # symbols. Your post can also contain non-item lines, just don't use the three # symbols for those lines. The more information you have about each item, the better. Just keep each item on it's own single line so you don't confuse the script.

Here is a sample of what a post might look like:

went to my local Target this morning. here are my finds:

###087-06-1079 - Indiana Jones Mr. Potato Head - $3.74
###204-03-2795 - Thomas the Train Playset - $19.98
###50% off select scrapbooking supplies

more comments here if needed. blah blah blah.


If you don't have any items listed, your post will be skipped over by the script.

One more time, please keep all discussion in this thread related to Target Clearance deals only. Discussion about weekly ad items or store policy belong in other threads.

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Posted Mar 30, 2012 - 2:30 pm

I bought the Disney Princess musical vanity today. Original price: $99.99-70% off= $29.98- 50% off Disney princess toy coupon= $14.98

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Posted Mar 30, 2012 - 8:57 pm

Got this for 50% off ($47.50 w/Red Card)
http://www.target.co..._qi_detailimage

Lots of stuff in Electronics 70% off.

Today I got the electric one for 70% and paid $29.98.

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Posted Mar 31, 2012 - 4:48 am

Today I got the electric one for 70% and paid $29.98.


They didn't have an electric one but I'll be on the lookout!
Thanks :)

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Posted Mar 31, 2012 - 5:13 am

The electronic drums were also part of the markdowns.

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Posted Mar 31, 2012 - 11:15 am

Ooooo... Im going right now to my target to see if they have those vanities left, just printed my coupon! I bought one at 30% for d birthday... would be nice to pick it up for 15.00.

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Posted Mar 31, 2012 - 11:30 am

Ooooo... Im going right now to my target to see if they have those vanities left, just printed my coupon! I bought one at 30% for d birthday... would be nice to pick it up for 15.00.


look around, I saw alot over on endcaps in sports section area....at ours

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Posted Mar 31, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Awww i missed it... I went to 3 targets today and there were zero!! I wanna say about 10-14 days ago they were at 50% off with three in stock at my main store, I totally forgot to go back and check until I came on here to see the coupon too. Oh well. I did pick up a sleeping beauty story book set, it was reduced and also used the 50% coupon and got it for $10.00

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Posted Apr 2, 2012 - 10:05 am

###070-05-4545 OXO Softworks V-Blade Mandoline Slicer $41.39 --> $12.38

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Online reviews are so-so. Here's hoping it is nice. I generally like OXO products and have been wanting a mandoline for a while.

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Posted Apr 2, 2012 - 11:10 am

I picked up this charging mat for 29.98 (reg 99.99) http://www.target.co...at/-/A-11585480

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Posted Apr 2, 2012 - 8:07 pm

###070-05-4545 OXO Softworks V-Blade Mandoline Slicer $41.39 --> $12.38

Online reviews are so-so. Here's hoping it is nice. I generally like OXO products and have been wanting a mandoline for a while.


My personal review is that it is so-so also. It isn't bad if you don't need it for much. After a year or two of using it, I gave up and bought this one:

http://www.amazon.co...33425975&sr=8-3

Price isn't too bad, and it is excellent.

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Posted Apr 3, 2012 - 7:30 am

My personal review is that it is so-so also. It isn't bad if you don't need it for much. After a year or two of using it, I gave up and bought this one:

http://www.amazon.co...33425975&sr=8-3

Price isn't too bad, and it is excellent.

Ooo, that one does look nice.
Thanks!

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Posted Apr 3, 2012 - 9:32 am

acoustic and electric guitars, 2 types of electric drum pad sets, 2 different keyboards all 50% off here. George Foreman grills 50% off

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Posted Apr 4, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Today I found and bought DJ Hero for the Wii for $14.98, it is originally priced at $79.99.

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Posted Apr 4, 2012 - 7:35 pm

Saw lots of deep turkey fryers for $17.xx (70% off) and some frying oil for $8.xx (70% off)
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Posted Apr 4, 2012 - 8:34 pm

I saw the 3 crockpot serving station for 15.xx and left it there !

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Posted Apr 5, 2012 - 9:31 am

My target had tons of those three crockpot stations. They were at 70% off forever. I thought about getting one because it was such a good bargin. But where would I store that thing?

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Posted Apr 5, 2012 - 12:18 pm

One of my stores had 24 (I think) packs of AAA Energizer batteries 50% off for 8.xx. There was a whole bunch on an endcap in electronics.

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Posted Apr 5, 2012 - 1:31 pm

My target had tons of those three crockpot stations. They were at 70% off forever. I thought about getting one because it was such a good bargin. But where would I store that thing?


I thought the exact same thing. It is just too big

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Posted Apr 7, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Stopped by today. Almost nothing left to pickup Monday after Easter. boo....

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Posted Apr 8, 2012 - 3:09 pm

I saw a few 70% legos earlier this week (Thurs I think). ### 204031621 Chuggington Interactive railway $11.98 Circo race 'n crash train set (can't read numbers on pic on phone) ###Lego Disney Cars 2 set # 8487 was $59.99 now $17.98 ###Lego Duplo Disney Cars 2 set #5828 now $11.98 ### 204070881 Mega Bloks Moshi Monsters was $14.99 now $4.48

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Posted Apr 8, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Virgin arc mobile phone upc 3618200231 $9.99

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Posted Apr 9, 2012 - 5:19 am

Saw some wrist watches for 70% off at $3.88 each.

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Posted Apr 9, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Easter 50% and candy 30% in North DFW. Lots of people buying. Little hope for 75%, much less 90%. Oh well, a little more change in my wallet.:D

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 - 9:51 am

Thought I hit the jackpot finding the easter toothpaste and hand soap at one store, no go! Still full price and even ringing up as Easter. :( Seems like my stores have been doing that the past few times they marked down holiday stuff. Bummer! Still 50 and 30 on everything else.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 - 10:48 am

Thought I hit the jackpot finding the easter toothpaste and hand soap at one store, no go! Still full price and even ringing up as Easter. :( Seems like my stores have been doing that the past few times they marked down holiday stuff. Bummer! Still 50 and 30 on everything else.


Me too! I was so excited b/c there was a ton of it there...but all rang up full price. I was also excited to find an Angry Birds plush with bunny ears and sadly that, too, rang up full price.

Were there any paper towels/napkins/tissues this year? I didn't see any obvious ones and the scanners were broken at my store so I couldn't really check.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 - 12:00 pm

"Easter" dollar spot also 50% off though not marked at my store... think it was black dot. Saw lots marked clearance down the bath aisles but didn't look more closely. They just re-did the health/beauty aisles at my store with nice brightly lit shelving. I thought that would mean lots of clearance from those aisles but no luck :(

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 - 1:44 pm

I saw some Dixie plates & napkins that were "spring" themed and they weren't on clearance. I went to 2 Target stores yesterday afternoon and it was slim pickings at both. Lots of Easter Egg Coloring Kits and some candy. At one store it seemed everything was up front with the $1 stuff and there was a little space with grass and egg coloring kits. The other store had everything thrown into 3 end caps where they are putting bulk/outdoor items. Today I went to my store - again SLIM pickings unless you wanted those egg color kits or candy. It was squished down to less than half of one aisle. You'd have thought it was 75% or more off the way everything was squished and there wasn't much left.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Target clearance just ain't what it used to be :( lol sigh.....




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