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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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GENERAL ADVICE:

BOD: Born on Date, the date listed on most (not all) yellow clearance tags, and is what the 6 month + 6 day clearance cycle is based on. Can be any combination of month/date/year or year/day/month or date/month/year.
SKU: Stock Keeping Unit, this is the store item number, normally 6 digits (xxx-xxx)

Old style tag:
1) Look for yellow or red clearance tags.
2) Look at the date on the tags:
...........Dates < 3 months = price on the tag was usually still current
...........Dates > 3 months = price had usually dropped a bit more
...........Dates > than 6 months = YMMV <--Where people are finding penny bargains Dates > 8 Months are what you are looking for
3) Get a few other items that you need; think of them as fillers! This is to help you avoid unwarranted scrutiny
4) Go to self-checkout, MUTE THE REGISTER! Check prices if need be; you can roll the dice and just scan, return later if a price comes up that is too steep for your wallet. Most registers do not read out the price, so muting may not be necessary.
5) Scan - SCAN ORIGINAL BARCODE NOT THE YELLOW/RED TAG
6) Pay
7) Leave
8) Go home, scan your receipt, allow us to bask in your SD glory!


New style tag (not yet able to be tested but from a HD employee):
Home Depot has changed its clearance reduction policy. It now goes this way:
A clearance item will end in .06 when it has 6 weeks left until going to a penny. This indicates to the employee that they have 6 weeks to sell through.
A clearance item will end in .03 when it has 3 weeks left until going to a penny.
This is new and won't be indicated on older tags, just those printed recently.

HOW TO CHECK STORE INVENTORY AND PRICES FROM IN-STORE COMPUTERS:

Most Home Depot stores have a computer in the front of the store by customer service. This is to allow customers to look up items on the site and try to find in the store or something. You can also use this computer to check local inventory and prices. This is AWESOME when trying to find $0.01 items. Most clerks will say they are out of them once they come up at $0.01, so you can't trust them. If you see them in stock at your store it then becomes a task trying to find them. As noted in most threads, these items will not be marked as $0.01 and will show as something much greater.

1) Find computer in the store. Most departments have their own computers, but a clerk will give you a hard time if they find you using them. All of the stores in my area have a computer by customer service specifically for customers. This means no one will bug you when running through lists of items.
2) Click on the start menu to bring up a list of applications.
3) Choose the "Price Check" application
4) Enter the special 6 digit Home Depot SKU's in the appropriate box and hit Enter.
5) The next screen will display the local price and quantities for 5-10 stores in your area.
6) Head to that department and try to find your treasure!!!

If your store has a barebones computer (or dumbed down kiosk) that only has an internet browser (and the computer is hooked into the HD Store Network) type in:
h t t p://isp.stXXXX.homedepot.com/com/homedepot/mm/sv/inq/en_US/PriceCheckTool.html

The address is case sensitive, and you can replace the XXXX with the store number you want to set as local. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on a cell or tablet that is simply connected to HD's WiFi.

This also works well compared to bringing things up to the self checkout for price checking. I always get mobbed when I try to bring a group of items up for checking. Then if I find something that rings up for a $0.01 I have to still cancel the transaction and come back later to try to sneak through. Enjoy!

Previous deals deleted. If needed please check "revisions" in wiki

How to check store inventory from your home browser:
Replace 1st set of x's with SKU, 2nd set with store number. Sometimes I find the checker doesn't work if you do not have home depot's site open in another tab, if you still get an error browse for a bit on HD's site until it works.

h t t p://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202184305/h_d2/BopisOverLay?R=202184305&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&storeSkuNum=xxxxxx&locStoreNum=x xxx




Another inventory checker. Change store #.
You may have to open HD website in another tab for it to work.

http://sd.site88.net/homedepot.html



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Maybe this format? Sorted by confirmed date. I don't know if born date is necessary, but we can always remove it if it is not being written.

Don't know a sku? Look it up! http://hdus.webuda.com/

SKU -- Born date -- Description
938394 -- 03/15/12 -- Sedona 8" Bronze - Penny
578561 -- 03/15/12 -- Waterpik 6 Setting Shower Head/Set - Penny
932067 -- 03/16/12 -- Pfister Sedona 4 in. Centerset 2-Handle High-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Tuscan Bronze - Penny
514933 -- 03/16/12 -- Firm Grip Brown Jersey Large Work Gloves 6 Pack
324434 -- 03/21/12 -- M18 Compact Impact Driver - Penny
500738 -- 03/26/12 -- Fiskars Loop- Handle Bypass Pruner - Confirmed Penny 10/1/12
924164 -- 03/27/12 -- Savannah Slate Top FirePit - Penny
941019 -- 03/27/12 -- Gaswatch Propane Gas Meter - Penny
572647 -- 03/29/12 -- GE DFSS9VKBSS Stainless Steel french Refrigerator - Penny
902129 -- 03/29/12 -- GE GTDX100G 6.0 Cubic Ft Gas Dryer - Penny
943614 -- 03/29/12 -- 1850W Husky Portable Gas Generator - Penny
979454 -- 03/29/12 -- Scotch Bright Nonscratch Angled - Penny
598986 -- 04/02/12 -- 7W LV Deck Light w/4 Black Cppr Plts - Penny
504138 -- 04/02/12 -- 3tier 11w LV copper pathway light - Penny
796432 -- 04/03/12 -- Metaire Oil Red Bnz Ceiling Fan - Penny
560647 -- 04/03/12 -- Ryobi Gas Backpack Blower - Penny
240534 -- 04/05/12 -- LG DLG2241W gas dryer - Penny
487029 -- 04/06/12 -- 7W LV Antq Cppr Round Surface Light - Penny
485196 -- 04/09/12 -- Ridgid 4-1/2" Slim Grip Angle Grinder - Penny
473184 -- 04/10/12 -- Mr clean w/ Fabreze M&R Dilute - Penny
815060 -- 04/10/12 -- 48" Downrod - Polished Brass - Penny
521825 -- 04/10/12 -- 48" Downrod - Antique Brass - Penny
345843 -- 04/10/12 -- 48" Rustic Bronze Extension Downrod - Penny
549055 -- 04/10/12 -- 24" Rustic Bronze Extension Downrod - Penny
424542 -- 04/10/12 -- 18" Rustic Bronze Extension Downrod - Penny
301188 -- 04/10/12 -- Dishwasher & Washermagic 12oz - 2pk - Penny
957722 -- 04/17/12 -- Stonewood White Elg Toilet Seat
160053 -- 04/17/12 -- Cahet Biscuit Q2 Elg Toilet Seat
561352 -- 04/17/12 -- Renaissance 9" White Motion Ext Wall
560993 -- 04/17/12 -- Renaissance 9" BRNZ Motion EXT Wall
143350 -- 04/18/12 -- 5" IC Air-Tight Contractor Pack
515646 -- 04/19/12 -- Malibu LV Window Pane Stake Light
315686 -- 04/19/12 -- Ryobi 120V Multi-Tool Kit w/Rotary - Confirmed Penny 10/25
310992 -- 04/20/12 -- Dremel 4000 2/31H Rotary Tool Kit
847716 -- 04/24/12 -- 5--8- MTL Closet Organizer Kit
462031 -- 04/25/12 -- Satin Nickel Springfield Mushroom Handle Exterior Door Set
473511 -- 04/25/12 -- Polished Brass Wilmington Handleset
616302 -- 04/25/12 -- Midwest 10" Upright Right Snip
744713 -- 04/30/12 -- Dewalt 1.25hp Compact Router w/Leds
528760 -- 04/30/12 -- Ridgid 18V Li-Ion Compact Battery - 38.06
737681 -- 04/30/12 -- Rigid 18V 3AH Li-Ion Battery - 59.06
119274 -- 05/01/12 -- 52" Stratford New Brnz Ceiling Fan
887780 -- 05/01/12 -- Artisan 3 Lt Vanity Light
266655 -- 05/03/12 -- JES1456WJ 1.4Cu FT GE Microwave w/Sensor
881972 -- 05/16/12 -- Ridgid SuperClamp Workstation - $34.03
475504 -- 05/08/12 -- Renaissance Bronze Ext Flushmount
133019 -- 05/10/12 -- Kitchen Fire Extinguisher
394636 -- 05/22/12 -- 3LT Brushed Nickel Ext Wall Lantern
754676 -- 05/30/12 -- Scrub Zone Microfiber Cloth 2pk
869440 -- 06/07/12 -- Quickie EZ-Wringer Twist Mop
437838 -- 06/07/12 -- Super Bulldozer 18 Stiff Poly PshBr
280601 -- ??????? -- Toro Ecxtra timmer pod and software
810308 -- ??????? -- 3/4" Irrigation valve

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#46
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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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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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Quote from jshj View Post :
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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