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Home Depot went 50% off on some of there inflatables on Xmas Inflatables on Christmas Day, including the 10ft Snoopy and Snoopy on a Chopper.

 

Bed Bath & Beyond has both the Mickey and Frosty on Presents down to 29.99, I think originally they had these at over $100

 

Happy Hunting, as I made a few purchases the last few days, but will not be hitting any stores, just online.

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slim pickins around these parts in the stores, good deals are getting harder to come by,

 

still trying to figure out when I can start taking down and drying out, 2 inches of rain CHRISTmas night, more rain coming Friday night.

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Mike....I don't see the 10' Snoopy on any discount on homedepot.com...Says its regular price to me...Have been eyeing that one for next years display...

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We went to Lowes and Kmart here in Vegas yesterday.  They did not have any inflatables and almost out of everything else. 

 

Ended up buying nothing.

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We had pretty good luck at one of the Lowe's near us.  We made out pretty decent at a few different Wal Marts and Walgreens also.  I think we've got enough to replace the ones that we're probably going to have to retire after this season.

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Matt, not sure why Snoopy is not working for you.  Had no problem getting him for $49.50 still shows up at that price when I pull it up.

 

So everyone what did you get.  Kilivolt, a little jealus, Lowes and Home Depot around me are pretty much wiped out and have been for a Month already.

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It is strange, I did buy a snoopy at the 50% off price, and went to send a link to a friend... when I go to Home depot site this morning, it appears all sales are back to normal pricing

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I see a few did go back up in price, I realy think this is based on sell thru.  Some items are still at 50% off and others have now gone back up.  I keep checking as there are a few others I want that have yet to be marked down.

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Does anyone have a Garden Ridge store near them? I heard they sell lots of inflatables and saw one that they sell and I want but they do not have a store in NJ. Too bad they dont have an online store for orders. Heck they dont even let you get intouch with the store through phone (strange). I have a Santas workshop inflatable scene and saw they had a 84" santa and reindeer stable inflatable (for some reason onlu 6 reindeer instead of 8). If anyone has a Garden Ride store near you let me know.

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