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Apperantly there are rumors going around that tomarrow (december 16th or december 17th ) All of home depot's christmas stuff including lights are going 75% off. I heard this from the guy who works there who helped me get some mini trees down. Ill check there tomarrow and the next day to clean them out probably. Ill post here if this is true but he said there is a very good chance that they decide this is whats going to happen with all Home Depot's.

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Im in Pennsylvania, and i was there buying some small trees for my front yard. Every Home Depot and Lowes ive been to are almost out of lights but still have enough to stock up for next year. I heard this from the manager who helped me get some boxes from the third shelf up. his exact words- "There is supposivly a big sale going on tomarrow or the next day of everything 75% off, But im not 100% sure this is going to happen" I will be checking up with them tomarrow and the next day and the customer service desk gave me the same answer and if the sale does go on then if you take reciepts from things you bought from there within the past 2 weeks they will honor the sale and take 75% off.

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A floor person I talked to yesterday said they were probably going on sale this coming week. Told me to check the Wednesday ads. Will have to check tomorrows paper.

Scott

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Just returned from Home Depot and select Christmas items are 30% off. Very small selection left.

No sign of 50% off yet..

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Here in my neck of the woods, EVERYONE is out of LED's. Would someone please help me out if the lights do in fact go on sale? I'm looking for 2 boxes of green, 2 boxes of red, and 2 boxes of blue all about 18' in lenght. I bought 3 boxes of clear last week at Kmart and they are 18.5'. I prefer the shape of LED that isn't raspberry or strawberry, but rather similar to mini-lights but about half as tall. I appreciate any help.

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My friend works there now that i used to work piror she said that she has not heard anything about it going on sale tomarrow but the 30% off ends on the 19th so she is guessing if something goes on sale it will be then

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Thankis for the Lowes hint. Im not sure if this 75% off thing was true or not. but from the sounds of it it is going to happen soon. for now im going to head over to lowes and see what they have left in mini's

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Lowes has started consolidating stuff too. What once was Christmas is now storage containers. HD had started putting out their summer furniture stuff. I expect a big price cut this week or they start moving stuff back to storage.

Scott

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I will check Wallmart tomarrow, Today i found 100 ct mini lights of multi colors blue gold and red for 1.00$ a pack at Lowes. Bought myself 50 of them for next year :)

Also checked Rite-Aid on the way home because they usualy have light sales, but there prices were outrageous! 3.99$ for a single set of 100 mini lights! JcPenny is having a 33% off sale along with Kmart. Kmart has alot of very nice ground items, like the Ferris Wheel, some spiral trees and other things.

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Im not really usre. Im still hearing alot about this 75% off showing up soon, i asked some emplyees there some have heard about it others havent. Im going to try and check home depot atleast once a day for this sale.

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HD thinks they can con people. My dad used to be a MOD there, he hated it. Although, they do price matches. So show them a better deal on the same/almost same product and they will (hopefully) beat it.

disclamer: not sure if all home depots do this. The ones in MI do.

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drivemewilder wrote:

Here in my neck of the woods, EVERYONE is out of LED's.

Same thing here...and they have been for at least a couple weeks too (same

thing last year too)... but LEDs have been mentioned/promoted multiple times in

the various news sources here as well.

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at first i found it impossible to find LED's, but now at LOWES and Walmart i found plenty of LED's but the walmarts r only like 30% off the Lowes r 50% off.

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Every store I hit there are no regular string lights to be had. If you want icicle lights or net lights, c9s etc you are all set but string lights you are out of luck

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Check Rite Aid. i know the local rite aid around my house has the shelves fully stocked with everything because of their outrageous prices. but just watch because riteaid has had some nice sales in the past yuears for lights.

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