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Old 06-22-2019, 04:54 PM
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Default Well, I went to the Clearance Swamp last night

It's dismal. Tomorrow is the last day of its existence. I don't even know why it's open. The makeup is all damaged and there are very few clothes. 70% of the store is cleared and blocked off. Despite the fact that it's going out of business, the prices are still too high (before discount). I think that's part of the reason it's closing. At least I scored a pair of cushy slippers for 6 bucks.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:15 AM
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You'd think they'd slash prices to rock bottom just to get rid of the stuff. I know when the Tea Shoppe closed they were practically giving the stuff away, because the more we got rid of, the less anybody had to pack up at the end.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:59 AM
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My understanding of the Going Out OF Business process is this:

Company decides or is forced to close its doors
A liquidator is hired to sell off everything including fixtures
Liquidator immediately jacks up the price on EVERYTHING then declares ROCK BOTTOM DISCOUNTED prices

people flock there "expecting" a "great deal" when in reality they may actually be paying over MSRP (manufactors suggested retail price)

try not to buy anything at a Going Out OF Business sale, you just may get screwed

Now granted the Clearance Swamp did a version of this during their regular business. There were little cards near a group of items with a list of MSRP's = (say $50 (???)) and a Swamp price (say $40) as I believe Irv will confirm. they did this with all their merchandise and they did this for the almost 20 years I went into Swamp
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RM is correct By the time you see the "Going out of Business" signs, the place is in the liquidators' hands.


I would say, give it a shot, but educate yourself. If you see something you know is well below normal retail, go for it. If you're not sure, check online with your cell.

E.g.: Office Despot recently closed in this manner. I got some good deals on items that fell under the former category (POP Vinyls for $2.50 a pop (Get it? Pop? Huh? Get it? Get it? , Notebooks for 50 cents, etc) and one or two that fell under the latter (a big Batman & Harley Quinn resin statuette for $20, a 4TB hard drive for $40). The major thing I missed out on was printer ink for something like 40% of current retail. Some dude came in and bought ALL of it before I could snag any for my printer.

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You'd think they'd slash prices to rock bottom just to get rid of the stuff.
Well, they are At least, as compared to the jacked-up prices they set when they took over...
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:39 AM
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I think it's good to always have in mind a cap on how much you'll pay for something. For me, it's $10 for slippers. If the dept. store has them on "sale" for $20, it's not happening. I got a good price on makeup at the Swamp a month ago but that was before the liquidators.
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Now granted the Clearance Swamp did a version of this during their regular business. There were little cards near a group of items with a list of MSRP's = (say $50 (???)) and a Swamp price (say $40) as I believe Irv will confirm. they did this with all their merchandise and they did this for the almost 20 years I went into Swamp
Can confirm. The most obvious example was furniture. They'd advertise a sofa with a regular price of, say $1000, even though it was worth nowhere near that. Then sell it for a "sale" price of, say $350. Even at that price they were still making bank.
It was disturbingly effective.
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Can confirm. The most obvious example was furniture. They'd advertise a sofa with a regular price of, say $1000, even though it was worth nowhere near that. Then sell it for a "sale" price of, say $350. Even at that price they were still making bank.
It was disturbingly effective.
Works for me. My cap for a sofa is $350 so whatever "regular" price they claimed, it's irrelevant to me.
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Can confirm. The most obvious example was furniture. They'd advertise a sofa with a regular price of, say $1000, even though it was worth nowhere near that. Then sell it for a "sale" price of, say $350. Even at that price they were still making bank.
It was disturbingly effective.
WOW I don't remember it being that bad. My deceased GFs daughter did buy a lot of stuff at the Swamp ie. cloths furniture smaller stuff. But then again I did not work there so would have no inside knowledge

I loved the 3x5 cards with the price lists on it. like I said above "regular" price then to the right the Swamp price
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The Swamp had made a mistake when they started the store closings. Because they were still planning on keeping some stores open, the website still had all the normal prices. I was able to find the few truly good deals during the sale because of this. Nothing was picked up until I knew the normal price.

My parents were happy because I was able to replace all of their old worn out towels with nice new ones for less than a dollar each. How that many of the good towels made it until the last week of the sale I'll never know, but it worked out for us.
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