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Perimeter Perusing at Target (Target Clearance Deals) - Q2 2014


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#1 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Apr 1, 2014 - 5:10 am

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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:

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:

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


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#2 AndreaInNC  OFFLINE  

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Posted Apr 1, 2014 - 12:53 pm

ahhh .. memories of the MM juice packs .. good times .. :)



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Posted Apr 2, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Unbelievable amount of electronics on sale right now for 70% off... found Bose Soundlink Air marked down from $349 to $104.xx...

 

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Also this Bose Sounddock Series II marked down from $200 to $60:

 

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So many other things too. I was soooo happy to find these speakers.

 

This RCA Music Lightwall (bluetooth) was marked down from $99 to $29.xx. Thought it looked fun for my 13 year old daughter. 

 

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This was $129.99 marked down to $38.xx and I love it. It uses bluetooth plus is also a charger...

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... many, many other smaller things. These are the highlights. This was TODAY too. So either they are a little late marking down or this stuff just went unnoticed for a couple days! They were all in the electronics aisle resetting, so maybe some of these things were being shuffled out of the regular aisle. Although the Bose stuff was still in the regular aisle...



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Posted Apr 4, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Gotta great deal on Pyrex individual containers 70% off  No Leak Lids

 

2 cup round - $2.27 - blue

3 cup rectangle - $2.27 - red

4 cup round $3.60 - red

6 cup rectangle $3.60 - blue

 

One store had the clearance tags on them, the other stores just had them on the regular shelves...they end in the numbers 299, 295, 296  the numbers that end in like 495 are regular price


Edited by WishTink1, Apr 4, 2014 - 9:14 pm.


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Posted Apr 5, 2014 - 12:41 pm

found St Patricks Day mens shirts 1.50 (green ireleand, white "just plain lucky", green "drinks well with others") and a black yoda st patricks day one at 3.88 that says "luck of the jedi i have". also found some men fishermen sandals at 7.48, shoes mostly at 50% though. tons of iphone/ipad cases in electronics and a couple of karaoke machines at 62.xx.



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Posted Apr 8, 2014 - 8:38 am

Thank you WishTink1! I also found 7 cup blue round :)

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Posted Apr 17, 2014 - 6:38 am

I went to Target last night  and I found a Morphie phone case  for my I phone 5s . Originally it cost 79.95. I got it for 23.80..  Pretty good deal . These are rechargeable cases ,

 

http://www.mophie.co...helium-iphone-5

 


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Posted Apr 19, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Today, I found Skylanders Portal Owners Pack $49.99 for 3DS for $14.98.  They also had it for the Xbox 360 too.  I was able to use the 10% cartwheel along with my red card and paid only $13.42.



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Posted Apr 21, 2014 - 12:49 pm

No Easter deals posted? I did go to Target and got the Kelly dolls for OCC shoeboxes. They also had some of those little Barbie figures back there. I think they probably were supposed to have moved them but they gave them to me for 50% off. I got those for the shoeboxes too. Otherwise I didn't get anything else. The Legos were gone by the time I got there.



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Posted Apr 22, 2014 - 2:43 am

Candy 30, when is it projected to go 50? Thanks!



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Posted Apr 22, 2014 - 6:25 am

No Earth Day bags this year! Bummed!



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Posted Apr 22, 2014 - 4:21 pm

I would assume Easter will go 50/70 Thursday.



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Posted Apr 23, 2014 - 5:28 am

Thats what I was thinking. Heading in tomorrow. I will post if so, Thx!



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Posted Apr 23, 2014 - 7:48 am

I went to three stores today, two were still 30/50 and another was everything 50, even candy.  (I scanned random finds at all three stores) 



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Posted Apr 23, 2014 - 9:43 am

30/70 in downtown Minneapolis today.  They usually go a day before the rest do, so I would suspect the rest should be tomorrow.



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Posted Apr 23, 2014 - 10:44 am

Malvern PA was 70/50. Nice selection of toys, candy, food, etc.

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Posted Apr 23, 2014 - 11:17 am

candy was 50% at stores with lots left.



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Posted Apr 24, 2014 - 6:11 am

Anyone know when dollar spot will hit 70?

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Posted Apr 24, 2014 - 7:02 am

Usually the dollar spot goes on Thursday. I was surprised it didn't. I did notice the other day though that the signs didn't have dates on them like they usually do.

It's 70/50 here for Easter. Got Disney Princess dolls, Hello Kitty figurines, spinning ball tops, baby toys, etc... Gotta watch the prices though because, as usual, there are regular price things mixed in.



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Posted Apr 24, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Really odd here today... candy 50%, all the basket/stocking stuffer things were 50%, and everything else easter was 70%. Have never seen that before, scanned to check.  Went to a different store everything 70/50 like usual.  No "hidden" finds but I wasn't looking very hard since still 50% at the one store.

 

Dollar spot still 50% here too, hardly anything left.



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Posted Apr 24, 2014 - 2:15 pm

The pre-filled, cellophane wrapped Easter Baskets were 50% off but the empty Easter Baskets were 70% off along with all the fun toys to put in. There were some infant Carters clothes, tablecloths, etc... that were 70% off. It seems like any items with candy in it (Pez, the above mentioned fllled Easter Baskets, etc...) were at 50%. They changed that this year.



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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 3:45 am

Did anyone see the news on Target sticker price codes? Posting below..

 

 

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Target, the favorite store for those who think they’re above Walmart, is a good place to put your code cracking skills to the test. Thanks to Snopes for helping set the record straight with Target price tags. Here is what you need to know in order to get the best deal:

  • Prices ending in .99 – that is full price baby!
  • Prices ending in 8, as in .98, .88, etc. – this is a marked down price of an item on clearance.
  • Prices ending in 4, as in .24, .04, etc.  - this also is a marked down price of an item on clearance. At one point this was considered the final markdown price but that is not accurate anymore.
  • Check out the tiny print!  - check out the above image of the Target price tag. See the tiny number in the circle I drew? That is the markdown percentage of the item from the original price. In this example it says 50, as in 50% off the original price. Target marks down items by the following increments, 15%, 30%, 50%, 75% and 90% off. Typically an item will stay at the current markdown percentage for 10-14 days before getting marked down further.


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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 5:29 am

 

Did anyone see the news on Target sticker price codes? Posting below..

 

 

Target (aka Tar-zhay)

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Target, the favorite store for those who think they’re above Walmart, is a good place to put your code cracking skills to the test. Thanks to Snopes for helping set the record straight with Target price tags. Here is what you need to know in order to get the best deal:

  • Prices ending in .99 – that is full price baby!
  • Prices ending in 8, as in .98, .88, etc. – this is a marked down price of an item on clearance.
  • Prices ending in 4, as in .24, .04, etc.  - this also is a marked down price of an item on clearance. At one point this was considered the final markdown price but that is not accurate anymore.
  • Check out the tiny print!  - check out the above image of the Target price tag. See the tiny number in the circle I drew? That is the markdown percentage of the item from the original price. In this example it says 50, as in 50% off the original price. Target marks down items by the following increments, 15%, 30%, 50%, 75% and 90% off. Typically an item will stay at the current markdown percentage for 10-14 days before getting marked down further.

 

The first 3 items are urban legends, though they often happen to be correct, it isn't a "rule."

The last item is partially correct, that little circle is the percent off, but the progression of increments it lists isn't necessarily true, plus it is rare to find 75% or 90% now.  From my experience non-seasonal clearance usually gets marked down every 2 weeks on that department's markdown day, though that isn't always true either, sometimes it is 1 week, sometimes 3, sometimes other.



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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 7:43 am

Anyone see 90% on Easter today?  Saw some reports on a less reliable blog than everyone here.



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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 7:53 am

Anyone see 90% on Easter today?  Saw some reports on a less reliable blog than everyone here.

Since they just marked down to 70% yesterday at most places, I would be shocked to see it 90% before Monday.They like to give it the weekend to clear out most of it first.



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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 8:36 am

None of my stores have much left except M&Ms. 



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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 8:41 am

Still 70% in Minneapolis, but since some stores did go today (I saw an actual price scanner picture on All Thing's Target's FB), I would think tomorrow is a good possibility. 



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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 10:13 am

Well, I'll be darned...1 of my 2 stores did indeed go 90% today. And, yes, it just went 70% yesterday. Signs were still 70%. For those around me, it is the 2 story store in Pasadena, and they had the most left. Makes it tempting for me to drive out to La Verne & San Dimas to check, but I hate to waste the gas. This store has a lot of tablecloths and such. candy was still 50%.



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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Roswell nm 90% including dollar spot!!! Still just 50% on candy. Figure 70% on Monday...


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Posted Apr 25, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Roswell nm 90% including dollar spot!!! Still just 50% on candy. Figure 70% on Monday...

Was it the black circles that went to 90%?
 






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