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Target Clearance Thread XXI (YMMV) [euthanised]

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#61 Kovorkian

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

It's a Target exclusive thing, apparently.



Well, crap. Think getting in touch with Sony would get me anywhere? I only bought a PS3 this last Black Friday, so I'm not familiar with the viability or lack thereof in this situation.


You can attempt to use it to see if it is still valid, code expiration means it is just no longer guaranteed to work.

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#62 dark_inchworm

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:45 AM

I can confirm that the Quest for Booty voucher does not work and is indeed expired. I guess Sony is much less forgiving in that regard than Microsoft, given that MS will occasionally affix expiration dates to redeemable codes and they don't mean squat 9 times out of 10. It's not mentioned anywhere on the outside packaging that the code has an expiration date - only that it's available "while supplies last" - so I'm gonna see if I can squeeze a new code out of someone at Sony. Not gettin' my hopes up, but it's worth a shot.

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#63 Corgstradamus

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:53 AM

Target in Dublin,CA had about 4 Sims 3DS. I bought 2 and traded them in to Gamestop.

#64 Solomon87

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

As a guy who has shopped Target clearances for probably coming up on 15 years now, I can tell you, they ain't what they used to be.

Now, maybe it is just a cyclical thing but I suspect not, and that Target has gotten more sophisticated in their inventory control practices...and it is not just video games, but a lot of other areas too from what I have seen.

They just simply don't seem like they have as much left over crap they need to clearance like they did 4-5 years ago.

I honestly can't remember the last decent wide-spread VG clearance at my local Targets (and I have 3 that I regularly hit) where it used to be a monthly event it seems.


It is VERY simple. Target sort of finally got the hint about 3 years ago that people would wait for stuff to go clearance because Target would over buy on what they would sell to you and i. As a result, they dramatically cut back on how many video games they would send to all stores, even guaranteed sellers. About the only games they will go nuts and buy in droves for consumers would be the usual culprit such as COD, GOW, etc. You will never again see the insane clearance deals that you saw 3 or 4 years ago because Target understands that people would literally come into our stores just to buy a ton of clearance to re-sell on ebay and the like. Hell,i still have at least 4 or 5 dealers who come in every morning and shop the stores clearance and they openly admit to me they are re-sellers.

EDIT: and YES, these inventory control methods apply to the whole store in general and not just video games. When they literally receive trucks 5 times a week just from their distribution centers it is easy for them to deduce they only need to send X amount of each product each day/week to satisfy customer demand and no more then that. As for video games, most of it comes by UPS/FEDEX and therefore a bit more tricky to control inventory, that is why you always see empty game cases at Target. They would rather be out of stock on any given item then overstock them by 50 games and have to clearance out 20 of those.

#65 Kenshindono

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Target in Dublin,CA had about 4 Sims 3DS. I bought 2 and traded them in to Gamestop.


HAH wow you live right near me. I was in there a coupe days ago and got one. Is the GS trade in value ok? I just got one to play honestly. When i checked they had like over 20 easily.


I can confirm that the Quest for Booty voucher does not work and is indeed expired. I guess Sony is much less forgiving in that regard than Microsoft, given that MS will occasionally affix expiration dates to redeemable codes and they don't mean squat 9 times out of 10. It's not mentioned anywhere on the outside packaging that the code has an expiration date - only that it's available "while supplies last" - so I'm gonna see if I can squeeze a new code out of someone at Sony. Not gettin' my hopes up, but it's worth a shot.


Sony is fucking gay with this shit. It really pisses me off since i dont get to games for a while. Usually by the time i do the DLC is expired on the sony stuff. Really pisses me off frankly. Why the hell even put an expiration on this shit? Its not like its inventory that costs Sony money. Theres no real reason other than to screw consumers. Really really lame

MS sucks but they are way better at this kind of stuff, as you mention.

That reminds me i need to open my copies of Enslaved. Those have some codes for trish costumes.. probably all expired
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

It is VERY simple. Target sort of finally got the hint about 3 years ago that people would wait for stuff to go clearance because Target would over buy on what they would sell to you and i. As a result, they dramatically cut back on how many video games they would send to all stores, even guaranteed sellers. About the only games they will go nuts and buy in droves for consumers would be the usual culprit such as COD, GOW, etc. You will never again see the insane clearance deals that you saw 3 or 4 years ago because Target understands that people would literally come into our stores just to buy a ton of clearance to re-sell on ebay and the like. Hell,i still have at least 4 or 5 dealers who come in every morning and shop the stores clearance and they openly admit to me they are re-sellers.

EDIT: and YES, these inventory control methods apply to the whole store in general and not just video games. When they literally receive trucks 5 times a week just from their distribution centers it is easy for them to deduce they only need to send X amount of each product each day/week to satisfy customer demand and no more then that. As for video games, most of it comes by UPS/FEDEX and therefore a bit more tricky to control inventory, that is why you always see empty game cases at Target. They would rather be out of stock on any given item then overstock them by 50 games and have to clearance out 20 of those.



i hope we can still count on the annual "we put this years (insert sport) video game on clearance by accident" clearance. i got mlb 12 and tiger woods 13 masters for half off last year.

#67 NineH

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

You can attempt to use it to see if it is still valid, code expiration means it is just no longer guaranteed to work.


I just redeemed the dlc from the Uncharted 2 GOTY last week and it mentioned that it expired on 9/5/12 so it seems a crapshoot with the dlc expiration dates.
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#68 ChunLiBarbie

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

I just redeemed the dlc from the Uncharted 2 GOTY last week and it mentioned that it expired on 9/5/12 so it seems a crapshoot with the dlc expiration dates.


Very odd. Seeing as how I tried to redeem mine within the last few months and it said it's expired.

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#69 Kovorkian

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

I can confirm that the Quest for Booty voucher does not work and is indeed expired. I guess Sony is much less forgiving in that regard than Microsoft, given that MS will occasionally affix expiration dates to redeemable codes and they don't mean squat 9 times out of 10. It's not mentioned anywhere on the outside packaging that the code has an expiration date - only that it's available "while supplies last" - so I'm gonna see if I can squeeze a new code out of someone at Sony. Not gettin' my hopes up, but it's worth a shot.


Its very hit or miss some of the dlc vouchers work for months after expired, some do not work within a week after the dateh well this just means I'll have to get the PAL version off amazon.

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#70 flix1

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

Its very hit or miss some of the dlc vouchers work for months after expired, some do not work within a week after the dateh well this just means I'll have to get the PAL version off amazon.

... or in the case of EA games, they expire before their expiration date.

#71 Allen Poe

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:49 AM

Just paid $8.98 for Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for xbox 360 at the Target on Eastern and Silverado Rancho in Las Vegas (Henderson?), NV.

sticker said "Clearance: Was $29.99 Now: $20.98" but when she rang it up, it only came out to $8.98 before tax.

#72 JonnyHeartthrob

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:50 AM

Just paid $8.98 for Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for xbox 360 at the Target on Eastern and Silverado Rancho in Las Vegas (Henderson?), NV.

sticker said "Clearance: Was $29.99 Now: $20.98" but when she rang it up, it only came out to $8.98 before tax.


A nice lesson here: Always suspect that your Target employees are lazy and make sure you scan the item.


#73 The Prize Fighter Inferno

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:14 AM

Saw a PSP 3000 in the locked clearance display, but they are still asking $129. Wish I could get them to PM Kmart's clearance haha.

#74 ryne candy

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:07 AM

The Target in Meyerland (HOU,TX) had PS3 Rage and Vita Fifa Soccer (both already mentioned). I picked up Rage... 3 copies left and 1 of Fifa.

#75 coopscohen

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:32 AM

Grabbed a :3ds: Sims 3 for $2.98

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

Vita Starter Kit $11.98(was $39.99)
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Wii-U game Pad Stand/Cradle Set $5.98(was $19.99)
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Skylanders Portal Owners Pack $17.98(was $59.99)
I THINK this may have been PS3 and I forgot the DPCI! EEK!

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#77 scottman

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

Saw Blur PS3 for $10 (50%). Came up as "PS3 value" and only saw at one target, so maybe they dug it out from somewhere. I swear I remember it already being in the clearance cycle a long time ago.

#78 Kovorkian

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

Found alot of nothing yesterday, but my sister did find a book as-is for $1.06

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#79 adriley313

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

Grabbed a :3ds: Sims 3 for $2.98

Got mine for $4.98 but still happy to add to the 3DS collection even if i never play it.
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#80 dark_inchworm

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

Saw Blur PS3 for $10 (50%). Came up as "PS3 value" and only saw at one target, so maybe they dug it out from somewhere. I swear I remember it already being in the clearance cycle a long time ago.


I'm sure the opportunity has arisen once or twice that I've missed, but I've been wanting to find Blur for $10 for years now...

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#81 bobphone

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

Target in Dublin,CA had about 4 Sims 3DS. I bought 2 and traded them in to Gamestop.


Was that legwork worth the $4 to you?

#82 midlifecrisisMkII

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

Battleship PS3 $20.98 207-24-0934.

There was also a PS3 Bluetooth Headset (Urban Camouflage), but there was no price tag on it.

#83 mcthatch

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:27 PM

Was that legwork worth the $4 to you?


If he's got a gamestop about 50 yards down the strip mall from the Target as is the case in my neck of the woods, then probably yes....

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

Saw Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! for 3DS for half off. 9.98 at the Regency Target in Jax, FL

#85 ChunLiBarbie

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:25 PM

Battleship PS3 $20.98 207-24-0934.

There was also a PS3 Bluetooth Headset (Urban Camouflage), but there was no price tag on it.


Battleship has been/was(can't find the link) $9.98 at Toys R Us for a while.

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#86 shadowkast

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:49 PM

I'm sure the opportunity has arisen once or twice that I've missed, but I've been wanting to find Blur for $10 for years now...


wasn't it $10 right when it came out at best buy due to stacking coupons or something

#87 CAGMoose

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

wasn't it $10 right when it came out at best buy due to stacking coupons or something


I picked it up for $5 at a Sears Clearance. It's worth about $5, imo.

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#89 WingsDJY

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:01 AM

wasn't it $10 right when it came out at best buy due to stacking coupons or something


I think it was $20. There was a $20 manufacturers coupon and BB had it on sale or something.
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#90 jw430

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:23 AM

I think it was $20. There was a $20 manufacturers coupon and BB had it on sale or something.


^That's how i got my copy, worth the $10 IMO