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Poll: Do you buy gifts on clearance?

I am curious how many people often buy gifts on clearance.  I am not sure why, but I always thought it was not usually supposed to be done.  I don't mean getting something with a coupon or something weird, but more where something is super old and marked down to practically nothing. I don't know- I love buying stuff like that for myself, but I'm not sure I could give it as a gift... mostly b/c I think I'd be embarrassed if the receiver tried to return it and was either not able to b/c the item(s) was so old or received like $1.99 back for items that are normally way more than that.  

Thoughts on this? 

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Re: Poll: Do you buy gifts on clearance?

  • I guess it kind of depends. For example I have had a TON of baby showers to go to in the last year. Whenever I am out and I see something super cute marked down, like a pack of onesies or cute outfit I grab it. They are great to throw in with with a gift that might need something else to go with.
  • Other.  When I am buying a gift for someone I usually have a set amount I am going to spend.  If I find something on clearance I will get it, but I will also get another gift(s) to get to the amount I am willing to spend. 
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    If the item is something that the recipient really wants and it's good quality then what does it matter if it was on clearance?  I don't think price should matter.
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    I guess it kind of depends. For example I have had a TON of baby showers to go to in the last year. Whenever I am out and I see something super cute marked down, like a pack of onesies or cute outfit I grab it. They are great to throw in with with a gift that might need something else to go with.

    I do this.

    I always give a good gift off the registry, then pair it with a cute little outfit.

  • I can't really think of a specific time I've bought a gift that was on clearance - but I''ve probably done it.  Almost every wedding I've been to lately I get their gift from Bed, Bath and Beyond and use a 20% off coupon... 
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    Other.  When I am buying a gift for someone I usually have a set amount I am going to spend.  If I find something on clearance I will get it, but I will also get another gift(s) to get to the amount I am willing to spend. 

    Same here

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    If the item is something that the recipient really wants and it's good quality then what does it matter if it was on clearance?? I don't think price should matter.

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    Other.  When I am buying a gift for someone I usually have a set amount I am going to spend.  If I find something on clearance I will get it, but I will also get another gift(s) to get to the amount I am willing to spend. 

    Ditto this.  I have a set amount  I am willing to spend when I go to buy gifts.  Clearance items arnt all old and nasty, they can just be discontinued products that are great deals.  I would think it is more rude to return said gift and be upset someone bought something clearance/wasnt as much money as I expected.  I would say the person disappointed should be more embarassed by thier reaction than the person who went out of thier way to get the person of honor a gift that they were able to afford.

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    If the item is something that the recipient really wants and it's good quality then what does it matter if it was on clearance?  I don't think price should matter.
    this x fafillion. and if anyone ever said anything to me about buying stuff on clearance that they wanted i would tell them they were a snot.
  • I will especially if it means getting a nicer gift than I originally planned because it is on sale or clearance. Or I will get another gift to equal the amount I originally planned on spending
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  • Thanks for the input! Everything you've all said, I agree as well in all the cases mentioned.  None are quite the situation I was picturing, so I think we're all on the same page.
  • reminds me of a funny story... I use to work at banana Republic. Well this woman came in with a shirt that she said her friend had just given her for her birthday. She didn't have a receipt. The manage remembered the shirt and knew it was not from the current season or even a recent season.The woman insisted it was a new shirt. So he looked up the code and found the season and price. It was from 3 yrs ago and  the current price was $1.99. The woman was mortified.
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    Thanks for the input! Everything you've all said, I agree as well in all the cases mentioned.  None are quite the situation I was picturing, so I think we're all on the same page.

    If I found something (that they wanted) that usually costs $20 and it was on clearance for $2, I would buy it.  But I wouldn't give them just the $2 gift and pass it off as a $20 gift.  I'd just add in something else with it.

  • I do. I buy just about everything on clearance. I'm not going to buy someone something crappy just because its on sale, but I am a good bargain hunter and I can find something that's on sale AND a good gift.
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    Thanks for the input! Everything you've all said, I agree as well in all the cases mentioned.  None are quite the situation I was picturing, so I think we're all on the same page.

    If I found something (that they wanted) that usually costs $20 and it was on clearance for $2, I would buy it.  But I wouldn't give them just the $2 gift and pass it off as a $20 gift.  I'd just add in something else with it.

    Ok this is more what I was talking about! Except the $2 wasn't even something they wanted. I just wanted to see what others thought and if it was okay to do that...like as long as I added to it or whatnot, etc. 

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    reminds me of a funny story... I use to work at banana Republic. Well this woman came in with a shirt that she said her friend had just given her for her birthday. She didn't have a receipt. The manage remembered the shirt and knew it was not from the current season or even a recent season.The woman insisted it was a new shirt. So he looked up the code and found the season and price. It was from 3 yrs ago and  the current price was $1.99. The woman was mortified.

    This.  Exactly.  This is what I'd be afraid of in doing something like this (esp more so with clothes I think). 

  • My MIL works in retail and picks up clearance clearance clearance items for us all year long and give them to us for Xmas. I am the proud owner of of a reindeer bar set, moose salt and pepper shakers, and a giant sombrero that you serve chips and dip in. Call me ungrateful but I'd rather her save her money.
  • I wouldn't just find something ugly and give it because it was inexpensive. If something was on clearance that is cute, absolutely I would buy it!

    I would think that if a friend got offended for you buying a gift on clearance, they are not my kind of friend. If I give a gift, I try to get something nice. If buying something on clearance allows me to give more than I would have been able to give otherwise, absolutely! I am on a budget here and if they have a problem with my paying $2 for something originally marked for $20, that is their problem and I shouldn't have wasted my friendly gesture on them. 

  • Why not? I just bought my mom $640 of her china for $64 today.
  • I am happy with any gift I receive. Especially in this economy. If someone can only afford a $2 gift and they are lucky enough to find something on clearance that meets their budget, why complain.
  • image AMYfromKY:
    Other.  When I am buying a gift for someone I usually have a set amount I am going to spend.  If I find something on clearance I will get it, but I will also get another gift(s) to get to the amount I am willing to spend. 
    This.
  • image AMYfromKY:
    Other.  When I am buying a gift for someone I usually have a set amount I am going to spend.  If I find something on clearance I will get it, but I will also get another gift(s) to get to the amount I am willing to spend. 

    This exactly!

  • If I see an item I know the recipent will like, then yes, I buy it. My best friend has crazy funky tastes - such as a collection of hindu-buddist type statues - and when I find one on clearance I pick it up and stash it for the next gift-event.

    Also, small generic gifts (such as bath stuff, nice candles, baby shower type gifts, etc) I will pick up on clearance and save for when I need them. If they're nice quality items it shouldn't matter what I paid - I tend to shop the cleanance bins in expensive stores. :)

  • I think if it's a gift that someone would appreciate then yes, and I would also buy something else in addition.

    I have friends, however, that buy a bunch of stuff right after Christmas with no regard of who will get what item.  The next Christmas they just start putting like items together and give it to someone.  I hate it!  At least have someone in mind when you purchase something or it's not worth buying. 

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  • I think it's ok, especially if it's something off of their registry.  Usually if I get a really good deal on something, I'll add it as part of a bigger combination of gifts, to end up spending a reasonable amount.
  • Sometimes if I get something on clearance I won't include a gift receipt (it's my way of saying it's not worth their effort to return it).  I'm not offended if they regift it, though!  I would generally only do this for generic presents (like candles or gift baskets I've put together), or if I know it's something the person has been looking for.  Anything else I would probably avoid getting something on clearance.
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