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Perimeter Perusing at Target (Target Clearance Deals) - 2016


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#1 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Dec 31, 2015 - 6:07 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



#2 txsupermom  OFFLINE  

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Posted Dec 31, 2015 - 9:42 am

Christmas clearance still holding at 30/50 in North DFW.  On a side note, Walmart moved to 75% off Christmas clearance today and that was on EVERYTHING!  Picked up candy, cereal, tins of nuts, ziplock bags, glade plug ins, paper plates and some decorative items too.  Bad day at Target, but stellar day at Walmart.



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Posted Dec 31, 2015 - 9:50 am

Still 30/50 here in Albany, CA. Ugh

#4 Stowasser  ONLINE  

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Posted Dec 31, 2015 - 2:50 pm

well in all the years we have had Target, its has always gone on the 31st, what a disappointment and then forgot to look at toys since they usually do a big clearance later and I guess some people been finding 75% off, didn't even check it out and home now....bah



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Posted Dec 31, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Went to Walmart to purchase ziploc bags and solo cups but they wouldn't sell me the ziploc bag which was obviously Christmas themed. It ranged up full priced. Oddly enough he would only sell me the solo cups. 🤔 I was so mad..😡

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Posted Jan 1, 2016 - 7:27 am

Inventory checker still showing 50/30 on Christmas clearance here today.  Crappy weather so I'm not going to go out and check but the inventory checker has always been right on prices for me.  What an odd year for clearance.  Wonder if it will drop tomorrow.



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Posted Jan 1, 2016 - 7:34 am

Food now 50% for Christmas clearance. Everything else has remained at 50%. So everything is at 50%, at least in north dfw.

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Posted Jan 1, 2016 - 3:31 pm

Some have reported a flip to 70%. Yesterday it was 50% at two stores I went to.


GO BRUINS!


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Posted Jan 1, 2016 - 5:11 pm

I am in DFW. Out of the 3 Targets, only 1 went 70%.  Mckinney/121 went 70%.  Stacy/75 and McDermott/75 still 50%.  My friend was at Parker/Tollway and it went 70% today as well.



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Posted Jan 2, 2016 - 8:38 am

Finally 50/70. Found ziploc containers, napkins, glade air freshness, febreeze plug ins, nutcrackers, baking tins and other goodies. Dollar spot diamond shape also 70% off.


Edited by txsupermom, Jan 2, 2016 - 9:25 pm.


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Posted Jan 5, 2016 - 4:07 am

Anybody see 90 yet?

Heather


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Posted Jan 5, 2016 - 8:54 am

90% at Irondequoit, NY but signage said 50%. The place was a mess and there were piles of stuff in carts. Great stuff if you have the time to dig, A lady was finding bath sets but I didn't bother.  Some items are only at 70% that traditionally go to 90% like the lip smackers but the EOS balls are 90% off. Food/ candy is 70%



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Posted Jan 5, 2016 - 10:54 am

I found 90 off at the store I went to.  Signs still said 70/50.  Food items were ringing 70 off, other stuff 90.  They had adult pjs in with the clearance stuff but they weren't ringing up 90 off so I left it.  I did find a lawn moose reg 69 for 6 bucks!  Pretty excited about that.  Got bows, elf cosmetic sets, Christmas kids shirts and baby pjs, bows, tons of nutcrackers (I didn't buy any), eos were regular price here, goldfish crackers, minion chapstick, coke chapstick, 70 off perfume sets, and some other odds and ends.  Make sure to scan. 



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Posted Jan 5, 2016 - 1:45 pm

90% off in North DFW.  Elf sets were only 70% and food was also 70%.



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Posted Jan 7, 2016 - 10:51 am

Christmas salvaged here. 



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Posted Jan 7, 2016 - 11:19 am

Christmas salvaged here. 

Here too. Few toys 70% off-Ever After and some Bratz.



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Posted Jan 7, 2016 - 11:26 am

Christmas salvaged in North DFW.



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Posted Jan 7, 2016 - 12:19 pm

I was bummed.  Found a ton of stuff in regular departments and it all rang up NOF.  I didn't have time to argue over pricing so left it.  Found a ton of the Christmas shaped goldfish crackers too.    Oh well, on to Toy clearance (which is limited in selection), baby,  and valentines clearance next.



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Posted Jan 8, 2016 - 4:00 pm

I was bummed. Found a ton of stuff in regular departments and it all rang up NOF. I didn't have time to argue over pricing so left it. Found a ton of the Christmas shaped goldfish crackers too. Oh well, on to Toy clearance (which is limited in selection), baby, and valentines clearance next.


Weakest to Clarence ever. Though they were bringing out several boxes of stuff from the back today at one store

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Posted Jan 9, 2016 - 6:23 pm

I found some c9 sports bras at 3.88 today and managed to get some Christmas which they sold to me at 90% off at last store. Other stores wanted to give me 70 off clothes i found. I got Seinfeld and Christmas Story boxers, some juniors sweaters, 2 archer farm keurig packs, 3 archer farms ground coffee, some small cake baking trays, several gift bags, 2 cookie mixes, a handful of dog toys and 2 rawhide canes. The lady who approved it said that all should have been cleared Thursday...

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Posted Jan 11, 2016 - 8:08 am

Way late posting here but I stumbled upon 90% off last week in Reston VA.  They had tons of leftovers.  I scored on the following: wrapping paper, bags, tissue paper, ribbon, red stuffing oreos, white chocolate covered oreos, caramel popcorn, pajamas, lights, and last but not least, that cool teddy bear that I refused to pay $25 for.  My patience paid off when I walked out of the store with one after paying $2.50, plus 5% off for using my red card.  I should have bought more of the bears to sell later on Craigslist or Ebay.  Best score in years!



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Posted Jan 13, 2016 - 10:17 am

Awesome! Nothing like tracking down some item you've been chasing at 90%. Congrats

 

Anyone monitoring toys? any speculation as to when they go 70?

I haven't been out enough to watch the 'run-up' to getting toys organized to one aisle and ready for markdowns.

 

I do miss the days of over ordering that took place years ago, where the toy clearance ran 2-3 aisles deep. Good times

 

Good luck perusing



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Posted Jan 13, 2016 - 1:26 pm

Toys should go tomorrow or next week at the latest. But there is so little left it is hardly worth watching, here

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Posted Jan 13, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Toys should go tomorrow or next week at the latest. But there is so little left it is hardly worth watching, here

I thought they did toys on Wednesdays. Did they change it?



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Posted Jan 13, 2016 - 8:39 pm

Wed might be 'normal' through out the rest of the year but toy clearance after xmas has trended towards thurs. But with a run up of clearance from 30 to 50.
I haven't been out much and there is so little chatter in here.

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Posted Jan 14, 2016 - 7:37 am

Toys 70% except for Legos and a few others. Got the last two sets of the 7 pack Disney princesses for $23.98; frozen bicycle sets; melissa and doug safari sorting $5.38; melissa and doug money sets $3.88; LP airport $11.98; our generation doll 7.48; rush hour games 7.48; various Barbies, etc... sorry bad typing-have broken arm.


Wed might be 'normal' through out the rest of the year but toy clearance after xmas has trended towards thurs. But with a run up of clearance from 30 to 50.
I haven't been out much and there is so little chatter in here.

thanks! i wouldn't have gone today without your post!



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Posted Jan 14, 2016 - 7:59 am

The Wednesday/Thursday thing has more to do with your store. The general trend in our area is Thursday. And based on looking online, they did go today. Can everyone who finds Lego clearance please post the DPCIs? I would like to see which ones were clearance as sometimes they show up without tags (returns, usually), and it is frustrating to have to scan everything. It is helpful to know which DPCIs were clearance in the first place. Most of our stores are well out of the Legos, but at least I can try stalking them if I know what to look for.

 

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Posted Jan 14, 2016 - 8:35 am

The Wednesday/Thursday thing has more to do with your store. The general trend in our area is Thursday. And based on looking online, they did go today. Can everyone who finds Lego clearance please post the DPCIs? I would like to see which ones were clearance as sometimes they show up without tags (returns, usually), and it is frustrating to have to scan everything. It is helpful to know which DPCIs were clearance in the first place. Most of our stores are well out of the Legos, but at least I can try stalking them if I know what to look for.

 

THanks!

There were only three or four single sets. one was a girl one. if i go back i'll get the info.



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Posted Jan 14, 2016 - 9:04 am

Will he look like bad news where I am. Hit my first store in even though fyndly says marked down, they aren't.

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Posted Jan 14, 2016 - 11:29 am

There were only three or four single sets. one was a girl one. if i go back i'll get the info.

they were gone when i went back.





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