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Home Depot is at 50% already. Anyone have any insight on when they make the next drop? I really want some of their C9s and the applights candy canes. Both of which are at 50% and sitting in my cart online. 75% would make me giddy!

 

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Last year it was on the 23th or 24th.  Late on the 23rd and on the 24th they began clearing the shelves and move in the Valentines Day stuff.  The five HD stores by me didn't have anything left by the 27th.  In years past it was after new years.  My guess is HD is using Big Data to maximize profits and has come to the realization if Holiday stuff has not been sold by the 23rd there's no money to be made.  You can also play lets make a deal with the store manager or price.  I think after the 27th they toss what's left in the trash.  HD Is all about maximizing profits. 

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Last year it was on the 23th or 24th.  Late on the 23rd and on the 24th they began clearing the shelves and move in the Valentines Day stuff.  The five HD stores by me didn't have anything left by the 27th.  In years past it was after new years.  My guess is HD is using Big Data to maximize profits and has come to the realization if Holiday stuff has not been sold by the 23rd there's no money to be made.  You can also play lets make a deal with the store manager or price.  I think after the 27th they toss what's left in the trash.  HD Is all about maximizing profits. 
Do you recall if they went to 75 online as well? Some of it is at 50 now, but I know some places the online stuff doesn't get as low as the stores. Not sure I'll be able to make it to the store on Christmas Eve

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Sorry, don’t know.  Highly doubt online stuff will drop much more.  It’s the stuff in the store that’s taking up real estate that they want to get rid of quick. Highest discounts will be in the stores.

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Well, my wife was on call and I wasn't going to brave the trip in town with the little ones, so I settled for 50%. Ended up with 6 strings of the ecosmart C9, 4 sets of applights candy canes and one little Santa that matches the snowman I have. Would have liked more, but trying to stick to my budget!

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Noticed yesterday, Dec 24 several stores including the local Home Depot’s had already cleared out the Holiday items and replaced them with Valentines Day items.  

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Home Depot near me has a bunch. Found out the main warehouse in Atlanta sent over 20 plates of Christmas stuff! If you need large blue led lights they rolled in 4 plates of them:)

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Lowe’s had very little left. The only reason Home Depot had any thing was the  two 18 wheelers of Christmas stuff that showed up and they were unloading them this morning!

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Yes nothing @ Target 

but was lucky to pick these up at waltmart 

2 for me and 2 for Big J 

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Yes nothing @ Target 
but was lucky to pick these up at waltmart 
2 for me and 2 for Big J 
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I like that sign. I tossed the battery powered fixture with a color changing bulb. Gives a nice effect.

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Our Lowe's, home Depot and Walmart are all pretty bare. Interestingly, home Depot was still at 50%. They had some lights and trees, but it was the cheaper lights and a few of the ecosmart M5, which I don't care for.

I remember just a few years ago most of the stores had a fair selection through New year's. Is it just cyclical buying habits? I refuse to believe that all of the sudden about two years ago, all the retailers got their act together on inventory.

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I stopped by the Walmart store about an hour ago.  It was fully stocked with all of the battery operated items mentioned a few weeks ago.  All that was left were three yellow hanging bells and a hanging Santa face.  There were a fair number of less desirable inflatables (Christmas skunk, wiener dog) and quite a few projectors all at 50% off.  I walked out empty handed.   I would have bought a lantern  if it was still there.

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We hit the first Walmart by us at 6 a.m. and I bought the bare essentials I needed.  We hit two other Walmarts before 7:30 a.m. and when I walked into the third one, low and behold, they had one yellow hanging bell in a mangled box...that never looked better!  I don't know if you all remember, but I'd hit every Walmart in the Tulsa metro area and even had the main manager check inventories at other Walmarts around northeaster Oklahoma two months ago for the bells and the lanterns...nothing.  So, why would this bell have turned up today, in a Walmart and had already checked weeks ago, in a state that apparently didn't get any shipments this year?  I'm serious, I really would like to understand how that happens.

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We hit the first Walmart by us at 6 a.m. and I bought the bare essentials I needed.  We hit two other Walmarts before 7:30 a.m. and when I walked into the third one, low and behold, they had one yellow hanging bell in a mangled box...that never looked better!  I don't know if you all remember, but I'd hit every Walmart in the Tulsa metro area and even had the main manager check inventories at other Walmarts around northeaster Oklahoma two months ago for the bells and the lanterns...nothing.  So, why would this bell have turned up today, in a Walmart and had already checked weeks ago, in a state that apparently didn't get any shipments this year?  I'm serious, I really would like to understand how that happens.
A few possibilities, given the condition of the packaging I think the most likely is that they received it a while ago and it feel behind a shelf somewhere and never got inventoried properly. While cleaning out the seasonal areas for clearance, it was discovered and put out.

The other possibility is that it got shipped on from a warehouse or another store with lower sales volume.

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Even though it was onky 50% off Walmart was the place to get lights here. Plenty of lights left. Lowes and Kroger were pretty well picked over. No HD here sadly. Still need to check out some of the smaller ones Dollar general, big lots. Menards I know just stays at 50% forever. Wal greens and CVS barely had anything even before christmas. I cleaned up a few years back at Wal greens. I got a TON of red lights for .48 a box.

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Even though it was onky 50% off Walmart was the place to get lights here. Plenty of lights left. Lowes and Kroger were pretty well picked over. No HD here sadly. Still need to check out some of the smaller ones Dollar general, big lots. Menards I know just stays at 50% forever. Wal greens and CVS barely had anything even before christmas. I cleaned up a few years back at Wal greens. I got a TON of red lights for .48 a box.

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Crap, forgot about Walgreens. I like the C3 net lights they sell. Might check tomorrow.

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4 hours ago, slankard said:

We hit the first Walmart by us at 6 a.m. and I bought the bare essentials I needed.  We hit two other Walmarts before 7:30 a.m. and when I walked into the third one, low and behold, they had one yellow hanging bell in a mangled box...that never looked better!  I don't know if you all remember, but I'd hit every Walmart in the Tulsa metro area and even had the main manager check inventories at other Walmarts around northeaster Oklahoma two months ago for the bells and the lanterns...nothing.  So, why would this bell have turned up today, in a Walmart and had already checked weeks ago, in a state that apparently didn't get any shipments this year?  I'm serious, I really would like to understand how that happens.

Crummy computer programmers.  Or poorly trained staff or probably a bit of both.

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Crap, forgot about Walgreens. I like the C3 net lights they sell. Might check tomorrow.

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Can't forget about the smaller stores. I've found many people forget about them in the rush of the big box stores and leaves more for us fine decorators.

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Pretty much nothing at our Walgreens. In fact, I'm not sure I saw those lights at all this season.

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Almost forgot about Rural King. Luckily I had some stuff to return and spent the whole gift card there on LED multi color lights.

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