Target's Markdown Schedule

Knowing When Target Takes Markdowns Can Help You Get the Best Deals

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We have the scoop on which days Target retail stores takes markdowns in each department. This information can help you snag super good deals at Target before it all sells out.

What Are Markdown Schedules?

Most department stores work off a markdown schedule, meaning certain departments are marked down on certain days. This is done because there often a lot that has to be marked down, that by breaking the work up by departments and by days they can manage the task much more efficiently.

Figuring out when a department within a store is going to get marked down can be a real challenge. The best way is by playing detective and asking a friendly sales associate. This is much easier than camping out in the store daily and recording the activity in each department. Besides, one thing about retail; flexibility is the name of the game. Retailers often have to react quickly which could mean on certain days the markdown schedule gets tossed out of the window.

With that said, here is the scoop on when Target "usually" takes markdowns in each department.

Target's Markdown Schedule

  • Monday:
    Baby Department, Electronics Department, Children's Clothing, Stationery and Office
  • Tuesday:
    Pets Department, Grocery Items, Bed & Bath, Women's Clothing Department
  • Wednesday:
    Toys Department, Beauty & Health, Patio & Garden Department, Men's Clothing Department
  • Thursday:
    Books, Kitchen/Housewares, Shoe Department, Movies, Music, Luggage, Lingerie, Sports Department
  • Friday:
    Auto Department, Hardware Department, Home Improvement, Jewelry Department, Cosmetics

Markdown Cycle

When an item is marked down at Target for the first time it is usually reduced by 15 percent. The second markdown is usually 30 percent off the original price. The third markdown will go to 50 percent off, then 70 percent and sometimes 90 percent off.

The markdown cycle for most clearance product is two weeks. For example, if on March 1 an item is marked down for the first time by 15 percent, the next markdown to 30 percent will be done two weeks later or around March 15.  Next it will be marked down to 50 percent off around March 22. If the item fails to sell, it will then go 70 percent off around April 5.

By knowing the markdown cycles, you can watch items that you really want purchase and try to hold out until it goes to at least 50 percent off.

Random Reductions on Clearance Items

Merchandise that is on final clearance and is not selling will continue to be reduced every two weeks. Usually the Store Manager is responsible for deciding which clearance items need further reduction. Also, District Managers may authorize further reductions on slow selling clearance items while visiting stores.

The decision on which items need to be markdown lower depends on how much quantity is left and how quickly it is selling. Prices can vary from store to store.

even with stores located in the same city.

More Tips for Shopping at Target Retail Stores

Most retailers will not take markdowns on Saturday and Sunday because the stores are too busy. This holds true for Target as well. Also, during busy times of the store, particularly four-day holidays, the employees may not have time to get to all the physical markdowns.

Luckily Target has price-checkers located around the store. If you want to see how much an item will ring up for at the register, just scan the item at the price-checker. This also gives you time to track down an employee if you have a question about a price, rather than holding up everything at the register.

If you have a problem getting the price-checker to work, an employee can check the price for you.

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