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When Are After Christmas Sales

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When do the big box stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes, and Home Depot do their sales? They might already have sales going on, i haven't looked yet. I got some extra Christmas money so i was thinking maybe more lights...lol

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Target here was at 30% before Christmas. Although, even with the discount, LEDs were the same price as the presale LEDs from the vendors here. Walmart is typically 50% starting tomorrow and 75% shortly after Jan 1.

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I found a great deal yesterday at Hobby Lobby.  Bought 50 boxes of red, 100 count incandescent lights at 66% off.  Seems the color incans are getting harder and harder to find.

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Well i would be happy with a few boxes just because i feel like I'm getting a deal. Lights never last past 50% off where i live. I want to get a couple more artificial trees but i will wait until those are on sale for $5. Well i will try tomrow, and then i might even ask the manager when the %75 off is. Even at %25 the lights are going to go fast.

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i completely stopped shopping the bigbox stores,even at post xmas sales once I switched to LEDs,as all they sell are the replaceable bulb type,which are much more prone to failure than the sealed one piece type the vendors here sell.Quality over quantity.

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i completely stopped shopping the bigbox stores,even at post xmas sales once I switched to LEDs,as all they sell are the replaceable bulb type,which are much more prone to failure than the sealed one piece type the vendors here sell.Quality over quantity.

Well i would buy the better quality items, but i just cannot justify the price of them. i have a hard time paying money for LEDs as it is. Example walmart has 50ct strands for $6 i think. I fell that is a little much but then again i'm only 16 and don't really have solid income at this point.

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Looks like the sales are over. The local stores where I live, Lowes, HomeDepot, Big Lots, CVS, RiteAid and others started marking down their Christmas lights a week ago. Yesterday I noticed 50% off or more and several stores had nothing left. Lowes, HomeDepot on Sunday had already cleared out all of their Christmas items. I talked to a couple of shelf stockers at the different stores and they told me they began throwing away what didn't sell. One the the shelf stockers showed me the garbage bin where he had been throwing away the merchandise. It looks like the stores feel it is more profitable to toss the stuff then to mark it down anymore and use the shelf space for more profitable merchandise. We do live in a capitalist society where it's all about maximizing profits.

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Well i would buy the better quality items, but i just cannot justify the price of them. i have a hard time paying money for LEDs as it is. Example walmart has 50ct strands for $6 i think. I fell that is a little much but then again i'm only 16 and don't really have solid income at this point.

Walmart $6 for a 50 count strand of crappy LEDs is exactly my point......if you purchase through one of the vendors here during their presales,you can get a 50 count strand of much higher quality sealed LEDs for about the exact same price.........and it wont rust,corrode,and be ready for the landfill after a season or two like the bigbox junk,making the true long term cost to own much cheaper than the bigbox crap     .Never confuse price with cost!

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I buy nothing but GKI lights. These are true "professional grade" that display companies  use. Though they are around $5 for a 50 light string, I have some strings that are in excess of 20 years old now, so I'm well money ahead. I put the year they went into service on the plug with a paint marker, and have some going back to 1988!!!!.

Bottom line is, I will never buy those cheap big box store lights, and throw them away after 2 years.

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Yup,I have tons of GKI/Bethlehem incandescent light sets,top quality and their "heavy duty" line ,while expensive at $20-25 per 100 count string are fantastic as they use .75 watt 5 volt bulbs that are the brightest mini lights on the market,,but they are energy hogs at a rated 72 watts per string. They have proven to outlast all the generic no name throw-away junk most people are happy to waste their dollars and time on.I have found their LED offerings to be of similar,but not better quality than what our vendors here are selling however.

 

I expect to see most,if not all of the GKI/Bethlehem incandescent line to disappear soon as despite their high quality,the price they must charge to offer that level of construction is making them uncompetitive as LEd prices contine to fall.

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Well i would buy the better quality items, but i just cannot justify the price of them. i have a hard time paying money for LEDs as it is. Example walmart has 50ct strands for $6 i think. I fell that is a little much but then again i'm only 16 and don't really have solid income at this point.

My guess is you aren't paying for the electricity to light the lights. Several weeks ago i made a post comparing the cost of incandescents and LEDs costing $9 more per sting. To my surprise if the lights are on for 30 days in December four hours a night in 3 years LEDs will have paid for themselves in energy savings in just three years. And that includes the $9 premium LEDs cost. Not factored in was breakage, inflation, interest or increases in the cost of energy.

Of course as we build or mega-displays do we really care about the costs?

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 Christmas Eve I made a quick dash around town to see what was in stock with the weather they way it has been stocks are goodI went online ordered from Home Depot and I am working on Target. HD is at 50% here Target 40% so after my order and next day mark down I am hoping they will discount me back the money lol...

Walmart no go still same pricing, but I will find out Thursday. 

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My guess is you aren't paying for the electricity to light the lights. Several weeks ago i made a post comparing the cost of incandescents and LEDs costing $9 more per sting. To my surprise if the lights are on for 30 days in December four hours a night in 3 years LEDs will have paid for themselves in energy savings in just three years. And that includes the $9 premium LEDs cost. Not factored in was breakage, inflation, interest or increases in the cost of energy.

Of course as we build or mega-displays do we really care about the costs?

Well even if i did have to pay the whole electric bill it is only about $80 more for December so if it was my house i still would probably not buy the expensive LEDs, my lights from walmart last a while as log as i fix them with my trusty light keeper pro. That thing has saved me lots of money by fixing lights.

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I did ok.  Bought 64 boxes of clear incan 100 count last week at $2.50.  Got Home Depot to honor the sale price from today so ended up paying $1.25/box. Purchased another 54 boxes this a.m.  HD had 50 count multis for 2.93 so I picked up 26 of those.  Got the 180 count C3 leds at Sam's.  And a big 21" fiber optic ornament too!  lol

 

I also have 40 boxes of 100 count multi incans on the way from HD from last week.  I had a coupon which made them the same price as today.

 

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For the Canadians out there, Wal Mart and Superstore have all Christmas stuff 50% off.  Lights were really picked over but there were lots of reindeer wireframes in Langford and Victoria.  Heading to Target now.

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juicedss were the fiber optic ornament on sale just bought 1 of the 21" and 1 27" they look good at night would get a couple more if they are on sale.

 

It was $39.00.

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