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When are sales at the big stores???

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I know WalMart will be 50% off on 12/26, but what about everyone else? I know in the past Lowes and Home Depot have started their sales early. Some WalMart's used to do this too, but in recent years it's been consistently the day after Christmas

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Saw a post on FB by another enthusiast, stating that Sam's Club have already dropped to 50%

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if you search the Forum for the word Sales you should see a lot of post on big box stores sales they generally happen at the same time each year depending on which store.

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Lowes has already started their sales They won't have much left in a couple more days.  Home Depot usually waits till January Right now HD is 30% off

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Lowes and Home Depot both have *some* lights at 50% off online...going to check the stores shortly to see if that also applies there, too.

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Was out shopping today and many stores at 30%.  Also I have noticed that many stores have much less left than in past years, I was looking to plan out what I was going to try for on the 26th and the truth is around here there is really not much out there.  Maybe they now return to warehousing for online sales?

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Was out shopping today and many stores at 30%.  Also I have noticed that many stores have much less left than in past years, I was looking to plan out what I was going to try for on the 26th and the truth is around here there is really not much out there.  Maybe they now return to warehousing for online sales?

With computerized inventory management being the norm now,all retailers can quickly pull up prior years sales figures and order the minimum amount of product that they need to avoid excess after-Christmas inventory that they must sell at a loss to clear out of their stores.The days of vast quantities of " left over" product sitting on the shelves after Christmas are basically history in any well managed retail operation.

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Lowes still have white incandescent white wire 50 count lights online for Parcel delivery at 44 cents a box if anyone is still doing incandescent.  I was playing with their website and you can order up 500, I only bought 125 @ .44 each for daughters wedding.  If you spend more than $50.00 delivery is free - 2-3 business days. 

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