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Discuss finds at Home Depot

Brattles January 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM in Tools
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(At one time this thread was rated -5 only because of trashing by SD members which was subsequently cleaned up by moderator. See post #10)

Ryobi router table Model A25RT07, UPC 033287140992, Item 933016, for easy shelf ID the box boldly reads 392 sq inch working surface. Rang up as a penny.

updated title 3/21/10 to include more than just one cent items as some have taken liberty to post general finds, which is fine.
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Home Depot employee. This is stupid because it happens so rarely. You could walk into any Home Depot and there will be a handful of penny items, but more often they're really, really stupid things that aren't worth a penny. They go to a penny because no one will buy them at $1, $5, $10.

Great penny items that remain on the sales floor are obviously due to a mistake. Don't go into a Home Depot expecting to find great stuff like this. It's 1 in a million. Good luck. Thumbs down because 99.9% of you won't find anything.
Boy you showed us. And you're right, the best deals on slickdeals are always sure things where there are 999,999,999 in stock and you can ask the manager and call the store all day long and still get the deal and it's online too and lasts for a week!

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So I thinking of going to my HD and looking around for some stuff... but what exactly am I looking for? Anything with a yellow/red tag on it? Or are there some other characteristics?
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#48
Found a penny while I was at Depot this morning. Got a gumball on the way out.
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Found a penny while I was at Depot this morning. Got a gumball on the way out.
YMMV on that gumball they are 25 cents at my local HD.
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YMMV on that gumball they are 25 cents at my local HD.
Guess I got a slickdeal. I did have a Lowes 10% coupon.
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FYI:My friend is a ASM @ home depot she said there are always .01 items in there that were never pulled as RTS she said that she finds stuff all the time and that when a customer finds something they go ahead and sell it to them rather than tell them no and take it back she said they end up marking it off on their month end report. I didnt ask her how to find these items but whenever she calls I will.
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Boy you showed us. And you're right, the best deals on slickdeals are always sure things where there are 999,999,999 in stock and you can ask the manager and call the store all day long and still get the deal and it's online too and lasts for a week!

Are you new here?
Hey, go for it. Best of luck. I've worked for Depot 8 years, so believe me or not:

If you go into a depot with a penny sku in mind, you won't find it. If you shop there often enough, you may run into it.

Still a thumbs down.
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#53
Quote from PaintTheSkyGrey View Post :
So I thinking of going to my HD and looking around for some stuff... but what exactly am I looking for? Anything with a yellow/red tag on it? Or are there some other characteristics?
If you live near a depot where the managers/supervisors really aren't doing their due diligence, here's what to look for:

When an item goes on clearance, it's because it hasn't had sales in a specific amount of time. If an item gets moved around enough, when the price changes the sign doesn't get placed on the product. So, the price will continue to drop but the signs aren't placed.

Price changes have nothing to do with a returned item. If it's returned and it's a penny, it was just never purchased because people didn't touch something that was obviously returned.

Weed out good clearance prices by looking for often dirty/dusty boxes, labels that are excessively old (each label has a printed date on it), or merchandise that looks clearly misplaced (lost deep in the racking). You can single out those yellow tagged item because they'll often have clearance events, clearance endcaps, or they'll be in regular places in the aisles.

Here's the caveat:

employees aren't allowed to buy stuff that's a penny. But, they can buy it the price change before a penny (eg. $1.09), so they're motivated to find those before they hit a penny so anyone can get the good deal. A $100 clearance air compressor will often hit several low price points before it hits a penny.


Rant over.

Again, it's incredibly unlikely that you'll find penny shiz if you go on a day-long Home Depot search. But, by shopping there people find them occasionally when they're rung up. I stand by my thumbs down.
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Greenlee 6' glow in the dark fish rod [homedepot.com] (pictured is Klein for reference only) - $2.40 marked down from $19.99 (but receipt says savings of $9.60?). number on receipt is 783310867951 - Stud got five for $0.01 at his Home Depot though

it may not be a penny for you but it was clearanced at more than one store so maybe still useful info for someone
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Hey, go for it. Best of luck. I've worked for Depot 8 years, so believe me or not:

If you go into a depot with a penny sku in mind, you won't find it. If you shop there often enough, you may run into it.

Still a thumbs down.
Wow, I can't believe what an employee of 8 yrs has to say regarding the penny items. I have been finding items at 1 cent for several years now. Just left HD with a $180 + heater for a penny. Also ended up with various fastners that I was needing for a penny from around 4-5 bucks. These deals aren't always obvious, but they are definitely able to be found if you have the "sku in mind..."
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Wow, I can't believe what an employee of 8 yrs has to say regarding the penny items. I have been finding items at 1 cent for several years now. Just left HD with a $180 + heater for a penny. Also ended up with various fastners that I was needing for a penny from around 4-5 bucks. These deals aren't always obvious, but they are definitely able to be found if you have the "sku in mind..."
So what are the SKU's of the things you just bought?
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I got a pack of paint rollers there this week. They were marked a dollar but scanned a penny. I ojected when the cashier changed the amount to $1, I said she should sell it for what it scanned, but she wouldn't budge. Still a good deal, but a penny would have been better!
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Weed out good clearance prices by looking for often dirty/dusty boxes, labels that are excessively old (each label has a printed date on it), or merchandise that looks clearly misplaced (lost deep in the racking). You can single out those yellow tagged item because they'll often have clearance events, clearance endcaps, or they'll be in regular places in the aisles.
Clearance tags do not have a printed on date on them. Instead they have the date when they went to clearance.
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Found a penny while I was at Depot this morning. Got a gumball on the way out.
Believe it or not, I actually found a penny on my way out of Home Depot this morning! May be more common than we think!
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Another misconception in this thread is that penny merchandise is thrown away or given away. Home Depot now donates penny merchandise to Habitat For Humanity-type non-profits.
Not around here it doesn't. In the two districts that I have knowledge of, there are no charities currently setup and the merchandise is destroyed.
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