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I bought today about 19k lights today. These were 5mm 60 count LED boxes from Kroger/King soopers here in Denver. They were originally 9.99 but at 75% off at 2.55 a box. I got about 100 boxes of blue 88 boxes of white 40 of red then the rest multi color. I think I spent $600 or so.

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Well you guys are sure lucky to have that extra money to spend, figured out today i can only spend about $50 max on lights right now. Just don't have the money.

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Christmas lights etc has a sale,  Home Depot has 50% off. If there is anything left at Lowes, it is probably 75% off by now.

Home Depot usually goes to about the tenth or 15h of January before they go 75% off.  Target should have good sales by now.  

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I hit Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Lowe's and Wally World tonight after work, and scored 6k lights for about $120. I was able to get a bunch of red minis for a tree wrap, and another 130 feet of sparkling icicles, and about 72 feet of lighted garland for the front of the house. Wasn't able to find everything I was hoping to find, but there are a couple of more stores I can check out tomorrow.

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I grabbed another 7500 multi incans at Walmart for $1.25/box tonight.

 

Ugh, my wally world didn't have anything left except some of those LED icicles. I scored the red minis at Hobby Lobby and the sparkling icicles at Home Depot, but was hoping to find some clear minis, and I lost two clear incan nets that I would like to replace. There's another Walmart in town that I'll check out in the morning.

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Ugh, my wally world didn't have anything left except some of those LED icicles. I scored the red minis at Hobby Lobby and the sparkling icicles at Home Depot, but was hoping to find some clear minis, and I lost two clear incan nets that I would like to replace. There's another Walmart in town that I'll check out in the morning.

My Walmart has cases and cases.  I was there the other day and they hardly had any.  Seems like someone must have found them in the stockroom.

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Well went to wally world and got 3900 multi color lights for about $80. And 6 candy canes for a $1 each.Bought 10 boxes of LEDs, and 36 boxes of incandescent minis. The minis were $1.25 perbox. LEDs were $2.50 each. I might go buy more if i can scrape up the money somewhere. I want to buy a few more artificial trees. I can get the pre-lit ones for $10 when they go 75% off. And my walmart always has those left. I want to buy 3 more. I will see. Lots of multicolor minis left at my walmart. Hopefully i can pick up a few thousand more lights when they go 75% off

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Picked up 125 boxes of minis from Walmart today and a few boxes of the Gemmy icicle lights....Stopped by Lowes they had a bunch of green incans out at half price...Picked up an airblown at Home Depot also...

Does anyone know when Lowes and Walmart usually go 75% off...

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We have a fair bit of stuff in stock now at pre sale pricing. Plus you get another 2% discount for paying in full. 

 

Here is the list of what we current have on hand. http://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php

I was looking on your site for LED net lights ......do you sell them or are they not on sale at this time

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Lowes now 75% off.  I recommend checking/purchasing remaining store inventory online and then simply pick up at customer service counter.  Huge time saver and it sets aside inventory--no need to rush to the store.

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I bought today about 19k lights today. These were 5mm 60 count LED boxes from Kroger/King soopers here in Denver. They were originally 9.99 but at 75% off at 2.55 a box. I got about 100 boxes of blue 88 boxes of white 40 of red then the rest multi color. I think I spent $600 or so.

 

Some of the Kroger multicolor LED sets have fewer blue bulbs than the other colors.  (Blue LEDs cost more.)  If you use those sets next to sets with balanced colors the difference is very noticeable.

 

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I'm still finding stuff out there... last night, had to go to Walgreen's for a script and then Walmart for some groceries and scored about 6K lights for about $100 bucks. Still looking for about 2K blue incan minis, but haven't come across them yet. I've been able to find red, green, clear, and a few blues.

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I have been partial to the EcoSmart LEDs at Home Depot. The GE LEDs at Lowes are garbage. Went to Home Depot yesterday for something completely unrelated and couldn't believe how much they had left and was down to 75% off. I bought 5,450 lights. A combination of minis, C7 and C9 I know Walmart has cheaper LEDs but I just don't like the look of them.

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I have been partial to the EcoSmart LEDs at Home Depot. The GE LEDs at Lowes are garbage. Went to Home Depot yesterday for something completely unrelated and couldn't believe how much they had left and was down to 75% off. I bought 5,450 lights. A combination of minis, C7 and C9 I know Walmart has cheaper LEDs but I just don't like the look of them.

YEP........ thats why there cheaper..........My neighbor just mentioned to me, how is it that my LEDS are so much brighter that his, and when I asked him where he got his ........it was good ole "Walmart" and a few from Big Lots.  He also mentioned he had to throw away around  8 sets of lights and he only used them for 2 seasons. So I guess cheaper isn't always cheaper.

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I have been partial to the EcoSmart LEDs at Home Depot. The GE LEDs at Lowes are garbage. Went to Home Depot yesterday for something completely unrelated and couldn't believe how much they had left and was down to 75% off. I bought 5,450 lights. A combination of minis, C7 and C9 I know Walmart has cheaper LEDs but I just don't like the look of them. YEP........ thats why there cheaper..........My neighbor just mentioned to me, how is it that my LEDS are so much brighter that his, and when I asked him where he got his ........it was good ole "Walmart" and a few from Big Lots. He also mentioned he had to throw away around 8 sets of lights and he only used them for 2 seasons. So I guess cheaper isn't always cheaper.
Agree. I had to throw out almost 1,000 GE LED I got at Lowes. The EcoSmart have a 7 year warranty and I have every receipt. The C6 (typo earlier) are usually $38 for 150 and I got 18 reels for $9 each. I left one and a lady asked me if I wanted it and I said "I don't want to be greedy". There were probably seven people watching me load the cart in stunned belief. My boys just laughed especially when I had my 7 y/o crawl under neath to drag more out.

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That's part of the reason I've been hesitant to get into LEDs. I can buy incans strings for $1 or so after the holidays, so if they fail after two or three seasons, I don't care so much (plus I can often harvest the bulbs from a dead string for other projects). The other part is that I can drive down the street and pick out who is using LEDs vs. incans in their displays, and I greatly prefer the warm look of incans.

 

That being said, I do intend to retrofit some C9 stringers with LED ceramics for next year as my first foray into LED lighting, and I may have some rope lighting projects that will use LED, but I expect that the vast majority of my display will remain incan for several years into the future.

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Agree. I had to throw out almost 1,000 GE LED I got at Lowes. The EcoSmart have a 7 year warranty and I have every receipt. The C6 (typo earlier) are usually $38 for 150 and I got 18 reels for $9 each. I left one and a lady asked me if I wanted it and I said "I don't want to be greedy". There were probably seven people watching me load the cart in stunned belief. My boys just laughed especially when I had my 7 y/o crawl under neath to drag more out.

 

Haha... I was cleaning out the shelves at Walgreen's last night and there was a young stock girl working the aisle and just staring at me in disbelief. When I asked her if they had any more stuff in the back, the look on her face was priceless. I think she almost called the manager out to come talk to the crazy man, lol.

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That's part of the reason I've been hesitant to get into LEDs. I can buy incans strings for $1 or so after the holidays, so if they fail after two or three seasons, I don't care so much (plus I can often harvest the bulbs from a dead string for other projects). The other part is that I can drive down the street and pick out who is using LEDs vs. incans in their displays, and I greatly prefer the warm look of incans. That being said, I do intend to retrofit some C9 stringers with LED ceramics for next year as my first foray into LED lighting, and I may have some rope lighting projects that will use LED, but I expect that the vast majority of my display will remain incan for several years into the future.
My foray into LED was completely accidental. About four years ago I put all C9 ceramics on all of my bushes but the load was too great and kept tripping my breaker. It was Thanksgiving Eve and I was going to call an electrician on Black Friday. That same night a 15 y/o with no drivers license "borrowed" his grandmothers BMW to go joyriding with his buddies. He decided to do 70 MPH down our 25 MPH cul de sac, lost control and drove through my yard. Wiped out $4000 in landscaping and 50% of my Christmas decorations. Luckily nobody was hurt, although I wanted to kill him. The adjuster came out, looked around and saw all my Christmas lights strewn all over the yard and said "I don't usually do this, but tell me a number for your trouble". They gave me $2000 for my lights so I went LED and haven't had problems blowing circuits since. Just stupid GFCI. I actually like the LED better. I am a multi guy and EVERYONE in my neighborhood is clear incandescents. So my yard really stands out, not just in sheer number but in look as well. So that is my crazy Christmas light story

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Agree. I had to throw out almost 1,000 GE LED I got at Lowes. The EcoSmart have a 7 year warranty and I have every receipt. The C6 (typo earlier) are usually $38 for 150 and I got 18 reels for $9 each. I left one and a lady asked me if I wanted it and I said "I don't want to be greedy". There were probably seven people watching me load the cart in stunned belief. My boys just laughed especially when I had my 7 y/o crawl under neath to drag more out. Haha... I was cleaning out the shelves at Walgreen's last night and there was a young stock girl working the aisle and just staring at me in disbelief. When I asked her if they had any more stuff in the back, the look on her face was priceless. I think she almost called the manager out to come talk to the crazy man, lol.
I love the looks on people's faces when I am cleaning out. The Home Depot folks are grateful. Less crap they have to deal with

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