Did You Know?
Stores have a sneaky system for marking down clearance tags.
You can use this information to find the best Target, Walmart, and Costco deals!
Walmart clearance tags are bright yellow, and generally have a hanging tag denoting Clearance.
Items with prices ending in $._7 are generally the original price.
Items with prices ending in $._5 are generally the first markdown.
Items with prices ending in $._1 or $._0 are usually final markdown.
So, if you see a “clearance” item with a price ending in “5,” and there’s still plenty in stock, you can hold out for a better markdown.
And if you see one ending with “7,” you’ll know the item isn’t discounted at all yet.
The best day/time to get a markdown at Wally World is a complete crap shoot!
Costco Tags do not say Clearance.. From time you time, depending on the region the store is in, you may see a Highlighted “Was” price below the price
The Best way to tell whats going on with your store’s pricing is to look for tags with a ” * ” on the top right corner. This denotes the item is either, inactive – deleted or pending delete, but will not let you know the price has been changed.
Items with prices ending in $._9 are generally the original price. (Except Jewelry)
Items with prices ending in $.97 are generally a “buyer” (Corporate) markdown price.
Items with prices ending in $._0-8 are a in-store markdown price. (Except Jewelry)
Each Costco warehouse will deal with their markdown pricing on their own, and the digits they use will depend on the preference of the warehouse manager. Usually, these price tags, if done properly, will be denoted with “EPC” at the bottom left of the tag, this stands for Emergency Price Change, meaning the store marked the item down.
The Best Day/Time to get first access to those markdowns are Monday afer 3pm. Generally the merchandise managers are walked off and given the go ahead to mark an item down on Monday morning, meaning by the time they walk out the door (3-4pm) its done!
Clearance tags are red, well duh, its Target!
Items with prices ending in $._9 are generally the original price.
Items with prices ending in $._8 are generally an In-Store markdown price.
Items with prices ending in $._4 are generally a Corporate/Regional markdown price.
Target, along with many other retailers do what is called Stepdowns, where the markdowns start at one step and after 2 weeks or so move to the next step. These steps are usually – 1st (30%) 2nd (50%) and Lastly (70%). This is not a steadfast rule as in, the individual store has control over the markdown so far as the reason for the markdown, and the quantity they have on hand.
The Best Day/Time to get first access to those markdowns are depicted by the department.
Generally it goes as follows:
Mon. — Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby
Tues. — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market
Wed. — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Lawn & Garden
Thur. — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage
Fri. — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry