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Kmart OFFICIALLY PHASING OUT GAMES SECTION. 20% Off Games Accessories! Clearance DEALS INSIDE! Post your finds here!

Kmart closing games deals

#1 Caffeinefree   General CAG of Mystery CAGiversary!   104 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:19 PM

EDIT - If you see any deals in your local Kmart post it in this thread. Spread the love. This post is no longer being curated so check the last post for YMMV local deals. 

 

20% OFF SALE ON NOW UNTIL THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. (*Gwarr... Brains...*)

 

NOTICE

I am no longer affiliated with Kmart, so this isn't getting any future updates. Stay tuned to the latest post in the comment section. THANKS!

 

I looked into the plan for this fire-sale, and apparently they'll be rolling out clearance deals for the whole section. So 20% off, then 50%, or whatever comes to pass. Looks like different regions are getting different sales sooner than others, as well as higher volume stores getting different sales than lower ones. IF YOU HAVE INSIDE INFO, POST IN THIS THREAD SO CAGS IN YOUR AREA CAN GET A HEADS UP.

 

TIPS & TRICKS

  • All deals are YMMV.
  • Kmart bases it's clearance on how long an item has been in stock. It takes a few weeks, but even the most expensive items go on clearance.
  • ALWAYS ASK SOMEONE TO SCAN AN ITEM FOR YOU. Most older games are on clearance, but have not been labeled as such.
  • Lookout for "penny items", items that have been on shelf for so long they've been clearanced down to 0.01. They won't sell for that, but it's a great way to get GTA IV for $2.00, for example.
  • TAKE A PICTURE AND PRICE MATCH.  For Walmart and other retailers, this is all they need to price match. Make sure the label is clearly visible and don't forget to post it here and share the love. 

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Background Info

Spoiler
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YMMV DEALS -  Post below if you find a deal in your area! Post here if you find a deal in your area! 

 

:360: Xbox 360 DEALS  :360:

Select titles 20+% off

 

:xb1: Xbox One Deals  :xb1:

Select titles 20+% off

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:ps3: PS3 DEALS  :ps3:

Select titles 20+% off

:ps4: PS4 DEALS  :ps4:

Select titles 20+% off

 

:vita: VITA DEALS  :vita:

Select titles 20+% off

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:wiiu: Wii U / Wii DEALS  :wii:

20%off

 

:3ds: 3DS / DS DEALS  :ds:

3DS XL - @190 @ 20%off

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[+..••] Accessories DEALS [+..••]

Afterglow Universal Headset - $30

:xb1: Xbox One Charge Kit - $20

Giotek EX-05 Universal Headset - $20

 

 

Thanks again. Remember to post your deals in the comment section.  :)

 

EDIT - KMART CLEARANCE 2.1 thread, added consoles, added tips, condensed backstory down into spoiler, erected a sofa, planted seeds for world domination. Just check the last post for local deals.  



#2 David Hibiki   You must be tired... CAGiversary!   11727 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:23 PM

Surprised KMart is still around TBH, but I'm glad you have a job! Thanks for the info.



#3 Ferrari Racer   Banned CAGiversary!   6722 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:26 PM

I hope there's some good clearance deals for consoles soon.



#4 SorryImSteven  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:27 PM

hopefully they update it sooner then later



#5 Komentra   (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ CAGiversary!   2992 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:29 PM

YMMV Deals at bottom.

So I am an employee of Kmart and happened to see this memo pass through my local store. I can't repeat it verbatim, and I couldn't get a picture of the message due to being constantly on camera.

Basically the memo stated the "exit strategy" for the games section in retail stores. Stating that this was in essence brought on by having overstocked shelves (bwa hahaha) and not enough customers. However Kmart.com, Sears.com, and Shopyourwayrewards.com, would continue to sell games and consoles to meet peoples needs. So they're switching focus from retail to online.

The message continued to explain to sell down merch and fill the empty space with other merch. Eventually to clearance out the whole section if it didn't sell down.


So firstly, wait. Just wait and deals will come.


As a customer I have to say that Kmart has had nothing but crappy deals for the past few years. (On games) Focusing on SYWR points and mediocre sales to bring in customers rather than staying competitive with Amazon, Walmart, and pretty much any retailer that will actually give a deep discount. Therefore they have shot themselves in the foot and driven away most business. As a result of that they face what I call "the burger problem".

When Kmart doesn't get games in to sell, they can't sell them. But instead of getting more stock I guess they just say "X person doesn't want Y game". This is just like a survey of a small town saying no one in the town likes burgers, because no one eats burgers. Only to find out there is nowhere to eat burgers in the first place.

Why doesn't Kmart get games to sell? I don't know if Kmart as a whole does this, or just my store, but we don't get games on a truck. We get them in sporadically via UPS, and never before release date. We get limited quantities and then get restocks oddly. Over the holidays I got dozens of calls for titles we wouldn't get in for weeks. During Christmas we only got a handful of Xbox Ones and no PS4s, and since then only one Wii U and one 3DS XL, which may have been returns. In short they could be making money, but there is just some really bad policies in place that leave plenty of customers walking out the door.

Then on top of that we barely make any money in markup. We buy games basically at cost, given only a few dollars. I've seen games we bought for 58.50 selling for $60. Same for all peripherals, a 20 charger may have costed 12 for us. I was really shocked about this when I first started looking into it. Whereas other sections of the store have a markup that's understandable.

So now after all this poor management, they're getting rid of what has always been the best part of the electronics section - games. I remember there being something said about "better serving our customer's needs", the problem in the first place was that they didn't serve our needs. For the most part they were poorly stocked, AND THIS HAS KILLED THEM THE MOST.


So to finish out here's some YMMV deals.


Disney Infinity 1.0 (360) - $30

Splinter Cell Blacklist (360) $15

Gears of War Judgement - $7.50

Dead Island Riptide (360) - $7.50



Disney Infinity 1.0 (PS3) - $20

Afterglow Universal Headset - $30


Those prices seem high since I got Killzone, Ground Zeroes, and Knack for $10 each from my local Kmart not to long ago.

#6 emperordahc  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:31 PM

I was told the same thing by another Kmart employee.



#7 Zeldafanatic15   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1631 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:32 PM

So are the sales up to the individual store or does corporate give you prices and dates to markdown? Thabks for letting us know.

#8 Hielostar   The Never-Ending Baaaaacklooooog CAGiversary!   153 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:34 PM

RIP Kmart Video Game Section.

 

I will always have a special place in my heart for Kmart solely because of the Wii launch. Local shopping plaza had (at the time) Walmart at one end and Kmart at the other. Everyone is lined up for consoles at Walmart, and my brother and I split up - he lines up for Walmart and I line up for Kmart on the off chance they have systems. By the morning, the Walmart line was at least 50+, and there were maybe 6 people in line for Kmart (myself included). Well, I got my hands on a console and my brother did not. Thanks Kmart!

 

I recently was in my local Kmart for other items and popped over to electronics. Man, what a wasteland. I'm not even sure they'll have anything to phase out at this point.



#9 Beatles   Cartoon Character CAGiversary!   4349 Posts   Joined 6.8 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:36 PM

Men and women grab your horses we shall ride to this Land of Kmart!

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#10 T1NY   Chewing Aluminum Foil CAGiversary!   1253 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:36 PM

I don't want Kmart to go out of business. Their game deals help me get stuff cheap thanks to discover price protection.

#11 Groo The Wanderer  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:42 PM

Let me know when PS4 and X1 games go on clearance.

#12 dblo7   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   34 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:44 PM

I'm only up for PS4 games, as I snagged Knack for $10 and Shadow of Mordor for $25. RIP Kmart



#13 DrUnkAgAIn   I like money. CAGiversary!   1121 Posts   Joined 16.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:46 PM

The writing has been on the wall for awhile. Kmart didn't get several big name games last holiday season. Like, I don't think they've gotten any new games in since October.



#14 DrUnkAgAIn   I like money. CAGiversary!   1121 Posts   Joined 16.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:46 PM

The writing has been on the wall for awhile. Kmart didn't get several big name games last holiday season. Like, I don't think they've gotten any new games in since October.



#15 Caffeinefree   General CAG of Mystery CAGiversary!   104 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:47 PM

So are the sales up to the individual store or does corporate give you prices and dates to markdown? Thabks for letting us know.

I don't know if they will, but I'm good friends with the guy in electronics. Will update this with lists and more news ASAP.



#16 realbigexplosion   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1797 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:48 PM

I actually saw 3DS XLs on clearance at my store on Saturday.  The red and black ones were priced at $120.



#17 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   5560 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:50 PM

My body is ready for cheap shovelware.  My last local Kmart has very few titles left.



#18 Sarang01   My Use Name Is Saber CAGiversary!   5588 Posts   Joined 16.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:53 PM

Caffeine, K-Mart is braindead.  If they had any sense they would pull a SuperTarget and sell groceries, especially Organics.  KMart had the chance to make all their groceries non-GMO to draw people like me and others in for non-gaming stuff.

 

Also, what idiots sell games that close to cost?!  I mean $58.90?  Don't they go directly to wholesalers?  I mean wtf?!



#19 Sir_Fragalot   wants Startropics 3. CAGiversary!   8764 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:59 PM

Caffeine, K-Mart is braindead.  If they had any sense they would pull a SuperTarget and sell groceries, especially Organics.  KMart had the chance to make all their groceries non-GMO to draw people like me and others in for non-gaming stuff.

 

Also, what idiots sell games that close to cost?!  I mean $58.90?  Don't they go directly to wholesalers?  I mean wtf?!

Really Organics would of been the way to go if they could get the price cheap enough. One of the reason I hate walking into Wal Mart is because I know that the food I get there is either processed to hell or questionable as in filled with GMO garbage/pesticides. If K-mart could offer better options then it would of brought the quality of the stores up a bit.



#20 sirpikaz   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   835 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:09 PM

The Sears near me already pulled all the games and game related stuff after all those super low prices around xmas. Saw this coming for a while!



#21 pedrobeara   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   455 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:30 PM

bought disney infinity for 19.00  the game section had a whole 2 games 



#22 SpidrMnky   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1899 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:41 PM

Was told this by several employees. Hopefully there will be some more amazing deals.

 

Sad to see them go and will miss those great deals :(



#23 juubei1i   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   350 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:42 PM

The gaming section of the kmarts near me (the ones that aren't closed) look like old west ghost town pics with tumble weeds and cobwebs.  Everything of any value is already gone.  Wish I would have taken a pic but at one store that would have had an aisle of games or skylanders or whatever, the entire aisle was batteries.  Something like 4 ft by 16 ft of nothing but AA and AAA.  Not even different brands, they were all the same!

 

Good luck to everyone else.



#24 Petey Parker   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 15.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:43 PM

The stores near me have next to nothing to begin with outside of shovelware. The Sears store at the mall doesn't even have games any more. I was already feeling sad about Sears losing its video game section. Both places were always good to me for clearance as well as sometimes hard to find games.



#25 juubei1i   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   350 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:44 PM

The gaming section of the kmarts near me (the ones that aren't closed) look like old west ghost town pics with tumble weeds and cobwebs.  Everything of any value is already gone.  Wish I would have taken a pic but at one store that would have had an aisle of games or skylanders or whatever, the entire aisle was batteries.  Something like 4 ft by 16 ft of nothing but AA and AAA.  Not even different brands, they were all the same!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck to everyone else.



#26 sovereignNX-73811   rolling (over) back in style CAGiversary!   5692 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:45 PM

I went to a Kmart last week and all I found worth while was Harvest Moon Animal Parade for $10. Got it thanks to my SYW points too...woot!



#27 xDerekRx   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1275 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:58 PM

Its definitely an end of an era. Sears and Kmart are done with games. Both of these stores were tremendous over the last 10 years on CAG for cagers to get deals. Its sad to see it end. Its the same feeling I had when Circuit City closed. We are losing all of the great clearance game stores.

 

What makes it even worse is that places like Walmart, which will last forever, dont have a good clearance structure. Target is hit or miss but at least provides every now and then. 

 

As for the OP, while we appreciate you giving us the forward on an official memo, most of us Cags have known this for months. In fact the 5 Kmarts around me already started their massive markdown purge in like October. Most everything was $5-10 or less.



#28 SerOnionKnight   Orbiting Uranus CAGiversary!   405 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 07:08 PM

Can anyone see this as anything other than the beginning of the end of Kmart? It might as well be. I haven't gone into a Kmart for anything other than games in probably 10 years at least.



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 07:12 PM

Men and women grab your horses we shall ride to this Land of Kmart!

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#30 YoshiFan1   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10011 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 07:14 PM

I'm really going to miss getting games at KMart. That was the only reason I ever shopped there since for other items they were overpriced. One of my best KMart deal memories was around 10 years ago when they had a lot of unmarked games for $2, $3 and $5 and the employee was nice enough to let me go through the games locked in the case and I ended up getting around 15 games for under $50 total.