The key is found in the ending digits on the price tag. Sometimes referred to as secret price codes, the last one or two digits indicate whether an item is on sale or in clearance. The sale price may be nothing more than a 1-cent reduction, but the clearance codes are particularly worth tracking.

Those have prices that already reflect any damage to the item. American Eagle offers stylish, hip clothing at relatively good prices.

Circuit City: local price match open box item limited stock item, either oop (out of production) or so new that supplies are not regular yet clearance oop product. Best Buy: Frigidaire items have a code on the tag *****
Prices that end in 97¢: These have been marked down from the regular priced items, which end in 99¢ Odd pricing, such as 79¢, 49¢, or 89¢: These indicate specially priced items that Costco got a deal from the manufacturer.
Home Depot only uses yellow tags for clearance items. White tags, regardless of the ending numbers, mean full price. If the price tag ends in: 6 – Prices ending in,, etc., indicate 6 weeks left until the next price change. These items have hit their second markdown cycle.
Home Depot only uses yellow tags for clearance items. White tags, regardless of the ending numbers, mean full price. If the price tag ends in: 6 – Prices ending in,, etc., indicate 6 weeks left until the next price change. These items have hit their second markdown cycle.
Home Depot only uses yellow tags for clearance items. White tags, regardless of the ending numbers, mean full price. If the price tag ends in: 6 – Prices ending in,, etc., indicate 6 weeks left until the next price change. These items have hit their second markdown cycle.

Home Depot only uses yellow tags for clearance items. White tags, regardless of the ending numbers, mean full price. If the price tag ends in: 6 – Prices ending in,, etc., indicate 6 weeks left until the next price change. These items have hit their second markdown cycle.

Expanded versions of this item offer additional details:. Thereafter each price drop will reduce the final digit in the price to either an 8, 6, or 4. The lowest the last digit will drop is to 4. If you see something you want and the price ends in 4, buy it. I just went to Target this morning and employees were actively marking down items in the toy dept.

So clearly prices ending in 8 are not the last markdown. I go to two different Target stores regularly and what is clearanced out at one store and at what price varies widely just between those two stores. Finally I went back there and found them taking the items off the shelves to send to salvage without their ever getting marked down again.

The last two digits in the price can tell you a lot. The sale price may be nothing more than a 1-cent reduction, but the clearance codes are particularly worth tracking. Clearance items often haven't been selling well or are no longer in season and must be sold off to make room for more appealing and up-to-the-moment merchandise.

Two Reddit threads unspooled in the past year share tips regarding pricing codes at Costco and Target. Employees of these mega-chains and of several others shared their knowledge about how retailers communicate via price tags. For example, some retailers change an item's price to end in 88, 98, or 99 e. Cheapism has combined details found in the Reddit threads with reports by Rather-Be-Shopping, LifeHacker, The Krazy Coupon Lady, The Consumerist, and Len Rapoport along with comments from helpful consumers and employees to create the following guide to 16 chain stores' price codes.

Note that these so-called rules aren't set in stone, and some indicators may not be valid at every location all the time. Take Target , for example.

Many reports from shoppers and employees say that a tag ending in a 4 e. As it happens, Target does supply a straightforward signal: Costco also uses the top right of its tags but adds an asterisk if the item won't be restocked. If an asterisk appears along with a price ending in 97, a code that indicates a limited-time deal, you can be sure it's a good buy that likely won't reappear in the future. Once you understand the price codes you can make better decisions about when to make a purchase.

Sales, of course, come to an end and the items either return to full price or drop to clearance, but clearance prices will likely continue to fall.

The vendor still owns the item, so J. Penney must follow their pricing guidance. The price will be lower than normal, though not as low as it could go. Penney fully owns these items and can price them however they want. Penney removes them from the store. Find this number and you get 2 for that ticketed price. Penney in terms of quality and price. Solid, dependable items at reasonable prices. NM — Look for all these codes in the top right corner of the electronic shelf tag. It means the item goes on clearance that night or the next day.

Come back for a better deal. GV — Great Value. These indicate a limited time price drop for a day or two. They discount based on quantity and color. After this point, they get closed out and removed. Keeping our loved ones fed and clothes can add up. Refer to these secret codes in mind and get great prices without skimping on your pet.

Petsmart may mark these clearance products as clearance, but might miss tagging some. Exactly what we want.

Look for these tags to get the most savings. Jump on these for great deals. A — Active item. For all these letters, look in the upper right hand corner of the shelf tag. These will have, or will soon have, clearance prices. Double win for you. If you really want to save, keep waiting until they hit the next markdown cycle.

Hop on these deals before Sears closes them out of inventory.

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