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Perimeter Perusing at Target (Target Clearance Deals) - September 2007


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#1 Gator Pam  OFFLINE  

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Posted Dec 27, 2006 - 9:04 pm

I hope this thread stays active, as posters share their hints and clearance finds at Target. I've been Perimeter Perusing Target for about three years now, and find it helps me get through from one BF to the following year.

As many of you know, the Brick and Mortar store Target is known for their terrific clearance deals. You may have noticed that although the sticker price, including the reddish orange clearance stickers, says one price, that many times the items scan for less. It could be better for you if the item is priced higher and does scan less. Many shoppers do not realize this and pass the item by. Also, many times an item is not marked clearance in any way and I would suggest if you are interested in an item that you take it to the nearest scanner and check the price that comes up.

The standard clearance at Target works by items being marked down 15% or 30% initially. This price can last somewhere between two weeks to a month, depending on how well the item sells at this price. Then the item typically drops to 50%, again for two weeks to a month. 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% after the holiday, and you will find a few occasional display items or things found in the stockroom after inventory marked 80%-90% off. Almost always, the lowest price an item will go will usually end in $.x4 or $.x8, but not always.

A markdown schedule for the seasonal or holiday clearance is as follows:

Traditional Holiday clearance schedule
50% off
day after holiday for three days
75% off fourth day after holiday for three days
90% off seventh day after holiday for 1-2 days.
Other than Chr-stmas this is the schedule used for holiday clearance, including Valentine's Day, Easter, Summerville, and Halloween, for at least the last two years

Also, Target is the only store I have found where many, although not all, of the cashiers seem to have the ability to bargain on a price when an item doesn't scan with one. 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 over ride sort of thing 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. 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 system. Again, I would 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 how Target claims to donate so much to charity.

The markdown teams in each store seems to keep to a standardized schedule, but there are stores that seem to have different ones. For those who do follow it the departmental mark down days are:

------- Mark Down Schedule -------
-Mon.
-- Electronics, Kids Clothing and Stationary (Cards, GiftWrap, etc.)
-Tues. -- Domestics, Women's Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
-Wed. -- Men's Clothing, Toys, Health and Beauty, Lawn & Garden items
-Thur. -- House Wares, Lingerie, Shoes, Sporting Goods, Movies, Music, Books, Decor and Luggage
-Fri. -- Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry

This schedule says nothing about weekend mark downs, but I have seen items change in price between a Saturday morning perimeter perusal and one done on a Sunday afternoon. I still haven't found any rhyme or reason to what gets marked down on those days though. Another part of the fun.

Go to Target.com and see if there are any updates about new Target openings.

Target does not have a lay-a-way, but diehard Perimeter Perusers have tried various methods of getting around this. Most are constantly debated on the various forums dedicated to this subject as far as being 'ethical' or not, I'll leave it for you to decide for yourself.

When an item goes 50% off, and there are several left, some posters have said they find a 'hiding' place to put the item and they go back to see if the item is still there several weeks later to scan and see if it dropped in price. Some common hiding places shared is:

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.
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.

Target initiated a new return policy in November of 2002 that says any 'seasonal' clearance items returned will be refunded at the current clearance price, even with a receipt! They updated the policy in April, 2003 to specify these items as Chr-stmas trees and decorations and Hallowe'en costumes and decorations. As far as I know, all other seasonal merchandise should be refunded at the price stated on the reciept.

Other web sites to visit to find listed bargains are:

Target UPC finds
Freebies and Bargains

I hope y'all find this information helpful, and would love to know of other Perimeter Perusers tricks that I may not have covered!

I just learned something new on a different forum devoted to Target. I've now that the Target website puts out coupons to be printed and used at their SuperTarget stores, but I didn't know that if a regular Target carried the item you could use that coupon, a coupon from a Target circular if one happens to be out, and a manufacturers coupon all at the same time on one item. So, you can stack all three coupons on one item at either a Super or regular Target.

Here an online site to print off SuperTarget coupons.

Super Target Coupons
Some times Wow coupons has target coupons to print off as well, but they seem to not have any at the moment.



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Posted Aug 31, 2007 - 7:56 pm

new month, new thread :)

Please remember to keep the discussion related to Target clearance only. Off-topic posts will be immediately deleted with no warning!

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Posted Aug 31, 2007 - 7:59 pm

The Lego's firehouse set. It was originally $59.99 and one poster said they got it for less than $8.00.

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Posted Aug 31, 2007 - 8:40 pm

The Lego's firehouse set. It was originally $59.99 and one poster said they got it for less than $8.00.


Hmmm...didn't see that post. I watch Legos like a hawk, and they haven't had any new markdowns in our stores since the big toy clearance a couple of weeks ago. However, I was at a store I hadn't visited before this week, and they still had an endcap with toys from that sale, so you never know what you'll find.

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Posted Aug 31, 2007 - 8:44 pm

I went to the Target in Nampa Idaho today and one in boise idaho and was disappointed at both they really didn't have any good deals except they had marked the school supplies down 30% so I got some more for next year. Couple of shirts for ds that were 50% off. No toys on clearance.


No, most of the toys are gone now. If you'd gone a couple of weeks ago, you might have gotten something. Since you live so far away, you'll have a harder time catching things at 75%. However, if you watch the boards here, you can probably get some good 50% deals, and if you are willing to take a chance, you might guess the markdown day correctly and get the 75%.

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Posted Aug 31, 2007 - 9:25 pm

Here is more info for the Lego's. I think it was posted on page 20 on the August thread. My Target still had them for $59.99. 204-00-0707 LEGO Fire Station 59.99/$7.54

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 3:51 am

I found Oscar Mayer Beef JUMBO franks/hot dogs for $1.27 yesterday at two Targets, the sign said 3 for $7, but the charge at the register is $1.27 :) The sale is supposed to end today.

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 6:25 am

I scanned the Lego firehouses at Target last night too. Still at 59.99!

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 6:46 am

I scanned the Lego firehouses at Target last night too. Still at 59.99!


All but one of the stores I visit marked them to 30% then back up to regular price. I found 1 during the sale at 75%. I had forgotten until I saw the item.

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 8:30 am

Anybody have any feedback about my list? Good, bad, or anything at all? I did update it with some new clearance finds today. http://aacwks.50webs.com Thanks

I really like your website!! I may be able to help you with some HTML if you need some. Just PM me and I'll see if I know... The only suggestion I can think of would possibly be to make the print bold as I found it a little hard to read on the background color that I loved. But then again I have been up all night.... :-)

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 8:46 am

I'll start watching for that Lego's set. My target is always way behind everyone else's sales and I'm really keeping an eye out for Lego's for Christmas. :yup:

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 12:40 pm

I got lucky today at Target! I spotted two Graco Belmont Turbo booster car seats on the Baby Clearance endcap. These had been pulled off the shelf at this store several weeks ago and sent to salvage when they were still marked at $13.98. I took them to the scanner and they came up $2.34 today! Needless to say I bought both for my grandkids to use in my car.

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 2:06 pm

Seattle Northgate - Found 8 MM 10-packs at 69 cents each. They were mixed in with the 15 packs, so check behind the larger packs. I got 4 apple and 4 fruit punch. Not much else lately and it seems like my store is slow to discount. Toddler clothes are marked down super slow, and some t-shirts I have been watching have been at 30% for atleast 2 weeks, and the shelves are full! Gonna check Lynnwood Target soon.

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 3:57 pm

10 packs of the solar powered garden lights are 30% off. I got some of these for my house in the last round. I will be buying more for some rental properties I manage. Really nice if you live in an area with a fair amount of sun.

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 4:51 pm

Hope this is not too off topic... but, has anyone heard from Gator Pam??? I have not seen a post from her on the Target thread in a long time!

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 5:07 pm

I really like your website!! I may be able to help you with some HTML if you need some. Just PM me and I'll see if I know... The only suggestion I can think of would possibly be to make the print bold as I found it a little hard to read on the background color that I loved. But then again I have been up all night.... :-)


I have changed it to bold print and I think it looks better. As far as the HTML coding goes, I have a friend who said she would help when she gets some time. If it takes her too long though, I may take you up on your offer.

Clearance deals list: http://aacwks.50webs.com/
I thought I would post the link again since it is a new month with a new thread.

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 8:59 pm

[quote name='kmagenta']Anybody have any feedback about my list? Good, bad, or anything at all? I did update it with some new clearance finds today. http://aacwks.50webs.com Thanks

LOVE IT :)

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 10:57 pm

Did anyone get the shavers at 75% off? Or did anyone even see them at that price? I was watching them at 50% and they were not selling then all of a sudden they were gone, so I'm assuming they went 75%. I wanted that 212 dollar one.

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 2:49 am

I saw shavers for 75% off. All that was left was Norelco for $25. I bought one for my DH and was going to give it to him for his birthday but I couldn't wait. LOL

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 3:59 am

Did anyone get the shavers at 75% off? Or did anyone even see them at that price? I was watching them at 50% and they were not selling then all of a sudden they were gone, so I'm assuming they went 75%. I wanted that 212 dollar one.


I found the Braun shaver (reg $80) down to $19.99. It was just on an endcap with the pharmacy stuff. Very lucky break. My husband had almost paid full price for that very same shaver a week earlier. He was happy. That's all I've even seen of clearance shavers.

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 5:29 am

The other day I went to Target and found my best deal ever!!! I was on a mission to find the laundry soaps, dishsoap, and school supplies on clearance, but for some reason I found myself pulled to the baby area first. I found a Hotslings baby carrier for $9.98!!!! These run from $40-$60 online and I have wanted one FOREVER (well at least 4 months since that is how old DD is:D ) but I was too cheap to get one. I have never seen these in our Target store (it is small and the baby section is tiny) so Im guessing it was an online purchase returned to the store. My DH did not understand my excitement so I thought I would come to my fellow target clearance shoppers to share. Oh, BTW none of the clearance things I went there to look for -the dishsoap, laundry soap or school supplies were on clearance at this Target. But I hadn't gone in a week or so and this Target's clearance stuff gets picked up fast.

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 6:18 am

Coupon in the pga saver today or last week (dont remember) for $4 off wisp flameless candle and $5 gift card for buying it at target this week originally $9.99.

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 9:17 am

If anyone sees the shavers at 75% off I'd be willing to pay you for it plus shipping if I could get one. I want the 212 dollar original price one though with the self cleaner.

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 1:15 pm

The other day I went to Target and found my best deal ever!!! I was on a mission to find the laundry soaps, dishsoap, and school supplies on clearance, but for some reason I found myself pulled to the baby area first. I found a Hotslings baby carrier for $9.98!!!! These run from $40-$60 online and I have wanted one FOREVER (well at least 4 months since that is how old DD is:D ) but I was too cheap to get one. I have never seen these in our Target store (it is small and the baby section is tiny) so Im guessing it was an online purchase returned to the store. My DH did not understand my excitement so I thought I would come to my fellow target clearance shoppers to share.
Oh, BTW none of the clearance things I went there to look for -the dishsoap, laundry soap or school supplies were on clearance at this Target. But I hadn't gone in a week or so and this Target's clearance stuff gets picked up fast.


Congrats on the hotsling! I'm jealous! I love mine and have been watching at my Target in case they go on clearance. Not so far.

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 2:20 pm

FYI Watch your reciepts, check them before you leave the store! I went to Target and I noticed the coupon amt showing on the register, but the amt. owed WASN'T going down. When I asked the cashier if the register was taking off the coupons he said yes. Before he put them in the drawer I made him let me count the amt. they should owe me in coupons. I paid him then went to the side to check my final reciept. Sure enough it was off by $8.50!!! :mad: He had to stop his line get the coupons & I had to go to the service register for the girl to check them & refund my money. It didn't make sence since some were current mfg. & others were current Target.:confused:

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 2:39 pm

Good catch Supershopper!

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 5:02 pm

any idea when school supplies will go on clearance?
:gdrunner: Out of my way its the clearance aisle :gdrunner:

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 5:07 pm

If anyone sees the shavers at 75% off I'd be willing to pay you for it plus shipping if I could get one. I want the 212 dollar original price one though with the self cleaner.


nevermind

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 5:41 pm

any idea when school supplies will go on clearance?


They have been on clearance here for about a week now. Schools around here started around August 15th. I have heard that some places are starting school quite a bit later which would lead to the school supplies not being clearanced out until later.

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Posted Sep 2, 2007 - 8:09 pm

Has anyone seen the lamp posts that plug in and don't need wiring? I have one and wanted another but can't seem to find any. Thanks!




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