I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means


I love a clearance sale! It’s been my go-to source of bargains for years. I’ve found deep discounts on off-season clothes, overstock toys, and even grocery markdowns.

Lately, though, it seems as if stores have forgotten the meaning of the word “clearance.”

The goal, of course, is to drastically reduce prices in an effort to clear them out quickly. Summer clothes were cleared out to make room for fall fashions. Halloween will be clearanced later this week, to make room for the holiday stock. Typically, the clearance prices will be 50-90% off the original retail value.

But, I’ve been finding a lot of items marked clearance that are barely 15% off lately. I saw a red tagged item the other day that was 45¢ off. That’s not a clearance price, people. It’s barely even a sale!

So, the next time you see a red tag, don’t assume you’re getting a bargain. Be sure to calculate your discount first, to see if it’s actually a good value. If it’s not, chances are good it will still be there for the next round of markdowns!
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