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XmasLightGuy

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Those little light-show kits Lowes had on clearance for $36 (reg $144) looked interesting (not to mention a little bit tempting) didn't get one though...

Same goes for the set of GE ColorEffect(think that was the name) RGB lights for $12.50 tempting, but didn't get. Since I'd already gotten some of the RGB SynchroLights at Home Depot for $7.50

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The Lowes in my area went to 75% off on the 31st. So I was able to grab a "few" sets! LOL :Dpost-18639-0-28607100-1388622822_thumb.j
WOW!! Just showed it to my wife and said "see, it isn't just me"

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Our local Lowe's was wiped out by Christmas day. The didn't have much to look at when I went last week. Made scores a few other places, though, so I'm mostly happy (still hunting for blue incans, though).

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WOW!!

Just showed it to my wife and said "see, it isn't just me"

Nope, it's definetly not just you! Hahaha. I'm sure that most of the members here have a few pics like this to show. :) just to see the looks on my neighbors faces when I start unloading my finds is priceless! You would think they might be used to it by now!

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Those little light-show kits Lowes had on clearance for $36 (reg $144) looked interesting (not to mention a little bit tempting) didn't get one though...

Same goes for the set of GE ColorEffect(think that was the name) RGB lights for $12.50 tempting, but didn't get. Since I'd already gotten some of the RGB SynchroLights at Home Depot for $7.50

I actually picked up the $36 controller and some of the rgb c9's and icicles. Can't wait til next year

Edited by joesmoe2013

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Haha thats awesome. People were astounded when I showed them the 1000 lights I picked up at my lowes i should show them your pic lmao

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@RobbyD8593: wow thats a good stash you got :)

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I'd already gotten some of the RGB SynchroLights at Home Depot for $7.50

If anyone else gets those, make sure you test them (all together) before putting them away for the season... Edited by XmasLightGuy

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Thanks! And to believe I actually left some behind......what was I thinking!?! LOL. I look forward to the sales just as much as I look forward to setting up my display every year. :)

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All of my local Lowe's stopped restocking their lights.  They pretty much get 1 or 2 shipments for the season and once they sell that's it.  By the time they hit their end of season sale there's nothing left!  :(

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@jeeper621: Thats pretty common with the stores around me too..

I tend to go out and check multiple stores (especially if there's something I'm looking for). sometimes get lucky and find stuff :)

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All of my local Lowe's stopped restocking their lights. They pretty much get 1 or 2 shipments for the season and once they sell that's it. By the time they hit their end of season sale there's nothing left! :(
That is what happened around me the last few years, since the economy turned down. Last I went out day after Christmas and the cupboards were bare. I didn't even bother going out this year. It was sheer luck when I went on New Year's Eve and scored my 5500 at 75%. One of the employees said they had received them from other stores. I will take it.

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I got a huge score at Home Depot yesterday evening. It seems our recent snow storm has slowed everyone else down.  They had TONS, and after filling my trunk and backseat, I had to stop and left lots behind. Tomorrow is another day, however!

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Just landed for me what is a huge score.. 6250 icicle lights about 30 or so boxes maybe a few more plus 1100 ft of garland, cost at retail was 558.64 before taxes.. got it for 43 and some change.. Think a manager was tired of seeing it. They had everything discounted to 75%, then at registered after pricing everything, they took another 75% of the discounted price!!! I think someone actually lost money there.. (it wasn't me!)

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Just landed for me what is a huge score.. 6250 icicle lights about 30 or so boxes maybe a few more plus 1100 ft of garland, cost at retail was 558.64 before taxes.. got it for 43 and some change.. Think a manager was tired of seeing it. They had everything discounted to 75%, then at registered after pricing everything, they took another 75% of the discounted price!!! I think someone actually lost money there.. (it wasn't me!)

Great score indeed! They definetly lost money on that sale. A good friend of mine that has worked in retail for several chain stores once told me, that at 75% off the store is " breaking even". Anything lower than that and they are loosing money.

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I scored some more C7 LEDs at one of our Home Depots. The other has nothing. Stopped by Kmart and they are on,y at 70% at what I think are inflated prices! but still had plenty of stuff. I already spent a good chunk this year and starting to get the "enough" look from my wife. I am going to keep checking back this week until they go 90%. I treat this like buying stocks, patience and you can get you price

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My brother got about 50k incans 10 years ago. They had 90% off listed price instead of 90% off. The listed price was 90% off already. He paid like 10 cents a box. They tried to tell him no but someone messed up. Manager was pissed

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Went to my local home depot today

 

picked up 32 boxes of led 50 multi dome lights strings at $2.10 per box with sales tax

 

Stopped at local sears, they still stocked with lights but still too pricy at 70% although named brand of lights  GE

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