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    Lowes 50% off holiday decorations

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    I went into Lowes today to find that they were 50% off, but they have nothing. I found 3- 50ct LED C-9's(1-red & 2-clear), I used the manufacturers $3 off, so i got them for 5.99/ box, but that was it. Not 1 box of minis, i went to another Lowes after work and they had even less. Oh well, i guess i wont be stocking up from them this year!

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    went to one around me did have any lights left at all only a couple of inflatables i am really disappointed not going to be able to expand next year if i cant get these lights half off.....stuff cost too much full price

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    We are right in the backyard of the Lowe's corporate headquarters and we had to have mini lights shipped to us from a store almost five hours away -- and even then we were only able to get about 75 boxes or so. Also went to our local WalMart last night to check their supply and there was not a single box left. And they haven't even put their lights on sale yet!!

    The story we have been getting from Lowe's is that they simply did not order enough lights this year -- hope they learn for next year.

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    I went to two of my local Lowes stores No mini lights at all a few C-7s Picked up around 20 boxes with Manufacters Coupon. Both stores still had a few inflatables (Santa Golfing, M&M's, Noah's Arc, Beach themed) and other set peices like signs Gemmy Lightshow peices, Characters, Santa and Ms Clause Swinging lots of good stuff to add to the static display I have.

    Had a few $10 off coupons remaining so I made 3 different $50 purchases at one store and 2 at the other. They may think I am weird for going and coming right back in but I got well over $500 worth of great lighted supplies for just over $200!!

    Best deals I have gotten at Lowes in a few years for 50% off sales!!

    They still had a few different incandecent light sets as well!

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    My lowes was pretty much cleaned out - I didn't need white lights, so I left those (I need red/green replacements)

    My target was an even bigger strike out. All I could find was *1* box of net lights, they had nothing else left.

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