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Walmart - A Big Zero For After Christmas


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I cant speak for all stores, but the Walmart in Huntsville has put the brakes on for buying almost ANYTHING after Christmas ...

I noticed only a very small, very limited selection of incans (I think these were last years left overs) and they were gone after Thanksgiving. The exception being the incan in the 200 count reel ... Only LED's and not even a big section for them ...

I was last minute shopping and wandered through the Christmas section and found 90% of all the Christmas items had been replaced with totes.... The only thing remaining is the usual suspects. A few racks of cards, table and tree decorations and stuff I have YET to figure our what your supposed to do with it ...

I recall something about incans and 2012 but even the LED's are gone !!!

Anyone else seeing slim pickins for after Christmas sales?

Bob
 

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The Wal-mart in Clermont, FL had already taken down the Christmas tree display.  Lights on the back aisle racks were limited to some C9 incandescents and the dripping ice.

Lowes was putting patio furniture back on their racks.

 

As much as we are all a bit disappointed and have been conditioned to the Dec 26th "mad rush", hopefully this is a good sign that the economy and consumer confidence is growing.

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I've noticed the same thing around southeast Michigan.  It seems that they are putting things on clearance before Christmas.  We picked up 4 reels of LEDs for 30% off at Target a few days ago and a couple items yesterday at Home Depot for 50% off.

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Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot are all giant fails here in my area of Eastern Virginia. Next to nothing left over. I know they want to make profits, but at least in my case I can't really grow at full retail price :-\ It's hard enough to maintain financially at full cost.

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1 Walmart today had 120 mini Blue and Warm LED's (50 ct)... And guess who got them all at 6AM :D Then proceeded on to 3 other WM's and was not surprised of the lack of lights. :(  My big finds today were at HD and Lowes.  Also, I get my Military discount on top of the 50%.  Can't forget to mention I found TONS OF LED'S at BigLots!!!! and they work well when tested with LOR.  Got them cheeper per bulb then WM Minis.  haha, I spent way too much today.

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Each year retailers forecast how much inventory they will need and make their orders months in advance. Their goal is to have just enough inventory to get them through the season. If they have extra and put them on sale they lose money. They do not store them since they would have to carry the cost of the inventory. This year they did a better job of predicting how many lights they would sell. I think they were actually a little short since most retailers sold out a couple weeks before Christmas.

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Noticed the same here...very little at: Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby (did I get 'em all?? LOL)...I think I found the most at a Walgreens.

Guess stores have cut their orders back to avoid losing so much money..

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