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Looking for mini lights? Check Rite Aid

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All of the major big box stores have been out of minis for a while. I found that Rite Aid had quite a few in stock at $1.49 a box. I bought 30 boxes from my Rite Aid this morning. Drug stores are often overlooked, so you may want to consider Rite Aid.

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in 2007 when I decided to go LOR, I couldn't find any green or red lights. Well, it was around New Years when I was told by my boss to pick up something at the drugstore on my way into work. First thing I see is hundreds of boxes of lights on clearance. Since I had not really gotten much after Christmas I said I'd take everything they had for $.75 a box. The manager agreed and When I left, I had 150+ lights. Some were not rung in as the manager said, "just take um!" I got 25 red and 30 green to get me started for my first year!

I never forget to stop at RiteAid. Also, we have a Klingensmith's Drug chain and they did the same, but not near as many lights.

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Well I stopped at another Rite Aid today and unlike the last one which was running low on lights, this one had the shelves fully stocked with lights, mostly white though. There had to be at least 150 boxes. I thought about waiting a little while to see if they went to 75% off when a store clerk told me to get as many as I wanted. She said she just got off the phone with a customer who was on their way to buy all of their lights up to 400 boxes and she had to pull them all off the shelves! Now I know some people on here get pretty extreme, but 40,000 lights?!?

Alright, somebody fess up. Who's trying to take all the lights? lol

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... Now I know some people on here get pretty extreme, but 40,000 lights?!?

Alright, somebody fess up. Who's trying to take all the lights? lol

lol :P not me... I've got all the clear lights I need! ;) But maybe you'll find this amusing. At work tonight an employee asked me how the "light search" was going. I explained that I was short on red and green lights and could use the help in finding them. She had her daughter text me later this evening. She happens to work for Klingensmiths Drug Store chain, and says there are "tons of lights left in their stores." She asked me what I wanted and I replied... "100 boxes of red and 50 boxes of green." I then got the OMG text and said she'd find out tomorrow what they had by calling the stores up. So, if it works out, I'll have me some lights. Either way, I can't lose ;) IF they happen to have 400 boxes of red and green. I'm not saying no to them haha.

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RiteAid is where I got all my lights last year. I purchased about 7,000 lights of red, green, white, and blue. I only used about 5,000 of them this year, and I had about 4 strings that were faulty. The color of the green was sort of inconsistant, and the blue scratches off a little easier than the other colors. All in all, they work great! I'd buy more if I thought my wife wouldn't kill me for doing so. :-)

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RiteAid is where I got all my lights last year. I purchased about 7,000 lights of red, green, white, and blue. I only used about 5,000 of them this year, and I had about 4 strings that were faulty. The color of the green was sort of inconsistant, and the blue scratches off a little easier than the other colors. All in all, they work great! I'd buy more if I thought my wife wouldn't kill me for doing so. :-)

Ya, when I saw all those lights I would have bought a lot more with how hard they are, but my family would have given me a hard time. I have 20 strands of multi-colored strands that I'm not using anymore since I switched to a RGW display this year and my family says I need to use all of those before I buy any more. (They don't quite understand the RGW concept).

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I went to Rite Aid by me when they where 75% off. I offered them $0.50 a box and I would take everything and they said they could not do that. They did tell me if I came back the following Sunday they would be 90% off which would make the $0.24 a box! I went back on Sunday.....................ALL GONE!!!!!!

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