How have I been in the dark about this for so long?
A while ago, I wrote about Target’s markdown schedule. In looking for ways to save money at other stores, I decided to see if there were any other retailer “secret price codes.” Turns out, there are a ton. Most stores have their own system for tracking inventory and sales. Many times, this system is revealed right there on the price tags.
In case you’ve been in the dark, too, I thought I’d round up some of the most popular stores’ price tag codes. Enjoy, my fellow bargain hunters.
Check the price tag on that marked down cardigan. What’s the last number? According to CBS Pittsburgh, “a price ending with a seven is a final markdown.” So if you see a different number, chances are, the price will be marked down even more. This system applies to Old Navy, too.
In fact, Consumerist says seven is the magic number for many retailers.
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At Home Depot, sale prices ending in six indicate a final markdown, consumer expert Michele Ashamalla told CBS.
Okay, it’s not like I’m at Home Depot often, but it’s worth a look-through next time I’m on the hunt for, I don’t know, a hammer or whatever.
Yes, Office Depot has a clearance section. And it’s spectacular. I once found a bunch of adorable desk frames for 0.25 cents a piece. I used them as party favors for a 4th of July shindig we threw. I scour their clearance section like a hipster at a used record store. So this is good to know:
At Office Depot, if the price doesn’t end in a 0,9 or 5, it’s a final markdown.
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Okay, I’m not a Costco member. My nearest Costco is an impossible @#%!ing madhouse, and we don’t have the room for 500 rolls of toilet paper, anyway. But I know a lot of you are members (hi, Mom!), so I thought I’d toss Costco into the mix. Here are Costco’s price tag codes, cracked, according to Lifehacker.
- 99: Full price
- 97, 88, 00: Marked down
- Asterisk: Clearance
- 79, 49, 89: Manufacturer specials
Bam. A great way to save money on already discounted goods.
I’m convinced office supply stores have the best clearance sections. A couple of years ago, I needed a new desk, so I went to Staples to consider my options. I decided to check out the clearance section, and I’m glad I did. I found the most awesome easel desk for an amazing price: $15. Yep. If you’re looking to save money, definitely check out the Staples sales rack.
And, even cooler, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s ‘Public Investigator’ section decoded the following price tag code from Staples:
- A,I,P: Regular price
- C: Marked down
- F: Final markdown
Ah, I love sales. And inside information on sales? Even better.
Kristin is a writer and money saving maniac. Follow her on Google+.