Store codes: making sense of the cents

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Imagine knowing you’re getting the lowest price for a product, or knowing if something is going to be cheaper the next day. Now you can determine if you prefer to wait or buy now just by reading the tag. If you know the cents at certain stores, you can determine if you’re getting a good deal or not.

Here are some examples:

At Target, if the price ends in .99 you are paying full price. If the price ends in .98 it is a markdown. And if it ends in .04 it is a final markdown.

At the Gap, if it ends in 97 that’s the lowest it will go.

At Sears, if the price ends in .88 it’s the best price.

If you see NM in the corner of Kohl’s electronic price tag that means “new mark down” and the next day, the price will be cheaper.

If you see an asterisk in the upper right corner of a price tag in Costco, that means it is the best price you are going to find.

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