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Ace Hardware Sale Updates?

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The Ace near me still has a lot of lights left, but they're still $4 at 50% off. I had been hoping they would go 75% off this week and I could possibly get them next week at 90% off since Ace isn't a place people usually look for lights. Today I talked to the owner (I think he noticed how many times I had been in the store looking at his lights) and asked if he could help me with anything. When I asked if the lights would be discounted any further than 50% off, he said they would not and they would stay until they sold them.

Before I went, I thought about offering to buy them all for $1.50 to see if they were willing to negotiate to get them off their hands, but he was so adiment about the price staying where it is that I didn't even ask. It may be a corporate thing, but Ace seems like a company where stores set their own clearance schedule. Does anyone know how this works or have eny insight on any possible further discounts? Does anyone have a local Ace that is discounted further than 50%?

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Each ace is independently owned so every store is diffrent. There is one ace near me that has been cost plus 10% since the middle of december, and they are willing to make deals. Then there is one that goes 50%off after christmas and thats it. There is another ace around here but they never stock much in the way of lights so I have never checked their policy.

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Furthermore, each Ace sets their own prices. So 50% off from one store could very well be the equivalent of 60% or even 75% from another.

I've gotten to know the owners of the Ace near me and 4 of the last 5 years (I didn't think to ask the 2nd year), I've been able to go in there and get their lights for 85% off after Christmas when I offer to take their entire LED inventory off their hands. This amounts to about a nickel a bulb at their prices for the C6-sized lights.

I tried the same thing one of those years at another Ace and they said no. They said they would go back into the warehouse until next year. But since each Ace has their own owner, not all store owners maintain warehouses. So, if they don't have the option of putting them in storage (which is the case with my local Ace), the owners will be much more willing to unload the lights to clear the shelves for Spring merchandise.

How can you tell if they don't have a warehouse? Well, you can ask, or notice that they have 50 LED stars of Bethlehem that you passed on the previous season still sitting on the top shelf in a corner of the store during the summer :)

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My closest ACE is very close to where I work so I got there regularly after Christmas. They went 33% on some items and 50% off others right after Christmas but it was 3-4 weeks after before they put some, not all, of their stuff down to 75%.

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I went to my Ace a couple of weeks ago to see if they put their lights on 75% off clearance, and they told me nothing sold at 50% off, so they put it in storage. I went in a few days ago looking for something else at the store and I saw that they still had Light Keeper Pros at full price ($25) and light string reels for $5 each. I wonder how much longer that stuff will be out.

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