Target Still Not Clear On How Clearance Works

What does “clearance” mean? Usually, it means that a retailer needs to get items off the shelves, and they’ve lowered the price by a little bit or by a lot. Usually, though, the plan is to lower the price so people are more likely to walk out of the store with that item. Unless you’re at Target, apparently.


Reader Marc sent along this picture of a microfiber mop pad that probably isn’t going to fly off the shelf anytime soon. At least not because of Target’s “clearance” strategy: even putting an item with that sticker at the end of an aisle under a giant “Clearance” sign isn’t enough to convince most customers that it’s a good deal.

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