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joefish72

Awesome Led Deal At Lowes

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I went on the usual Dec 26th light run and found an awesome deal. Lowes had the $80 color change Led icicle lights on sale 50% off which is the same as all the big stores do, but there is a trick that another christmas shopper told me about. Lowes offers 30 day price guarantee on all items, so one week later you bring the stuff back with the reciept and it is 75% off original price and they will match the price. This means the $80 lights are now just $20 per box.

I bought 8 boxes last week and today is the price check day so I'll be sure to update later and let you know if it works.

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The only thing I heard that hurts this is that you are not allowed to return Christmas decorations after Dec 24th at most stores. So they usually won't honor price guarantee for christmas decorations after christmas.

I did however do this at Zellers this year. I bought them out of Green at 40% off and then went in when they were 60% off the next week and got the extra 20% off. It worked great for me.

But they mentioned you would not be allowed to do it after christmas.

Hope it worked for you!

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Also, Lowes normally will only honor the lower price if they still have some in stock. No stock, no sale, so no refund of the difference. That is how they have been out here in Vegas anyway. Same thing with Sam's club. They have to have some stock at the lower price to honor the lower price.

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Update,

My local Lowes went to 75% off today and I brought the stuff into the store and they gave me the refund. I also bought a couple more things "I just couldn't live without".

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The only thing I heard that hurts this is that you are not allowed to return Christmas decorations after Dec 24th at most stores. So they usually won't honor price guarantee for christmas decorations after christmas.

Hope it worked for you!

I think the loop-hole was that I bought the stuff the day after Christmas at 50% off then came back for the 75% off refund. All I know for sure is it worked so I'm very happy. I would suggest anyone who is going to do it next year just ask the store manager before you do it.

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