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Many just make the employees throw the stuff out, rather than give anyone a deal.

I see a new BLF thread starting up soon - "Home Depot Dumpster Diving Deals" Smile .

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Or the "Make a Home Depot employee your buddy, so you know when they are getting rid of the dollar stoves, fridges and freezers" thread.

Actually, our zen expert can just start selling all the one cent stuff for two cents plus shipping!

Just my "two cents worth".Tongue Out

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I left with 2 Li-ion Ryobi packs (identical to mine - the smaller capacity ones) and 2 Rigid packs which I suspect are NiCd packs (they don't say anywhere on them what they are, just "18 volt" and they are heavy). I have not tested them and I need torx security bits to get them opened up. The Ryobi's I'll just charge up and try in my drill.

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I left with 2 Li-ion Ryobi packs (identical to mine – the smaller capacity ones) and 2 Rigid packs which I suspect are NiCd packs (they don’t say anywhere on them what they are, just “18 volt” and they are heavy). I have not tested them and I need torx security bits to get them opened up. The Ryobi’s I’ll just charge up and try in my drill.

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You can get a nice small set of security bits at HF. They are usually 3.99 when on sale. Don’t forget to bring a 20 or 30% off coupon! When I first open a pack I immediately measure and write the voltage on each cell.
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Old-Lumens wrote:

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Many just make the employees throw the stuff out, rather than give anyone a deal.

I see a new BLF thread starting up soon – “Home Depot Dumpster Diving Deals” Smile .

-Garry

Or the “Make a Home Depot employee your buddy, so you know when they are getting rid of the dollar stoves, fridges and freezers” thread.

Actually, our zen expert can just start selling all the one cent stuff for two cents plus shipping!

Just my “two cents worth”.Tongue Out

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garrybunk wrote:

I left with 2 Li-ion Ryobi packs (identical to mine – the smaller capacity ones) and 2 Rigid packs which I suspect are NiCd packs (they don’t say anywhere on them what they are, just “18 volt” and they are heavy). I have not tested them and I need torx security bits to get them opened up. The Ryobi’s I’ll just charge up and try in my drill.

-Garry

If you’re feeling slightly violent, you can often use a very small nailset to knock out the center post on various security bits, thus turning them into non-security screws. Just give it a sharp shot, at as much angle as you can manage. (Sometimes easier said than done.)

Warning: if you aren’t lucky, you’ll just bend the post and no driver bit will remove the screw. (That said, it’s never happened to me.)


 

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Thanks for the tip! Just checked my two Ryobi packs   One reading 5.09v and charging now. The other reading 0.07v Sad . Might have to tear that one down. 

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garrybunk wrote:

I left with 2 Li-ion Ryobi packs (identical to mine – the smaller capacity ones) and 2 Rigid packs which I suspect are NiCd packs (they don’t say anywhere on them what they are, just “18 volt” and they are heavy). I have not tested them and I need torx security bits to get them opened up. The Ryobi’s I’ll just charge up and try in my drill.

-Garry

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garrybunk wrote:

I left with 2 Li-ion Ryobi packs (identical to mine – the smaller capacity ones) and 2 Rigid packs which I suspect are NiCd packs (they don’t say anywhere on them what they are, just “18 volt” and they are heavy). I have not tested them and I need torx security bits to get them opened up. The Ryobi’s I’ll just charge up and try in my drill.

-Garry

If you’re feeling slightly violent, you can often use a very small nailset to knock out the center post on various security bits, thus turning them into non-security screws. Just give it a sharp shot, at as much angle as you can manage. (Sometimes easier said than done.)

Warning: if you aren’t lucky, you’ll just bend the post and no driver bit will remove the screw. (That said, it’s never happened to me.)

Depending on the screw you can just use clean/fresh torx bits, two steady hands, and some patience. I tore down two Rigid packs recently (nothing good in them) which had security-torx screws. The post in the middle wasn’t quite tall enough to prevent me from using regular torx bits as long as I kept everything very square.

Break’s over for now. That was a long one! wight catchup WinkWinkWink
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I take apart so many pack’s I took the multi-bit folding thing I got from HF and cut the size I needed off and chuck that in my drill.

Back OT over the weekend I walked up and down every single isle at my HD and there wasnt a single sale price that ended with 3 or 6, pretty dissapointing :(. I also scanned every single clearance / sale tag and everything was priced same as the tag stated. I dont think they do the clearance thing here. A few weeks ago I found an open 6pk of 9v energizer’s and it was only priced 5% off and never sold, I got it out of the recycling pack.

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Well one of the Ryobi packs charged up and I've been using it in my small trim saw (small circular saw).  Battery indicator dropped kind of quick to 1 bar, but I don't use the trim saw often enough to know how long a battery should last in it. 

The other battery, well it turn out not so good.  Wouldn't charge up (charger indicated "defective").  Pack had some rust marks on the outside too.  So here is what I found inside:

1

 

1

 

So I put the case back together and will drop it back off for the recycling bin.

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Hi dchomak – Thankyou for posting thise pictures of the flashlight’s.

Our home depot did not have a nice display of them like that in your Home Depot but our’s carried a few new nifty flashlight’s

I bought one of the new ones the look’s like the 1000 lumen triple Led light in your picture At our home Depot but this one was 1500 lumen and had three XM-L2 led’s in it inside fairly deep reflector’s and takes 4 D cell batteries (This one—> http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-1500-Lumen-LED-Flashlight-HD14Q420/20... ) I noticed one with ripped packageing and picked it up and an employee walked by and said “ I can get you a discount on that one” and I asked how much he said let’s take it to the register and find out when we went to the register he entered a code that rang up as a $20 gift card and asked me how is that price?,I bought it on the spot (regular price here $34.88).

I tested the light using 4 Tenergy Premium Ni-MH Rechargeables against my Trustfire J-19 and the beam’s are about I dentical with the home depot model having a warmer tint and a slightly larger hotspot and a hair brighter overall (My J-19 is not modded)….a very nice light even at full price I now use the light as a bedside light next to a smaller Nitefighter f21c for pistol carry just in case.

Did you notice I fany of those light’s had newer Led’s in them?

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It seems that XML2, XPG2, and XPE2 emitters have found their way into most flashlights, I got a rayovac headlamp that sports an XPE2 and an defiant headlamp that sports a XPG2 emitter and a turbo mode that is in excess of 200 lumens on eneloop AAAs.

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H-Man wrote:
It seems that XML2, XPG2, and XPE2 emitters have found their way into most flashlights, I got a rayovac headlamp that sports an XPE2 and an defiant headlamp that sports a XPG2 emitter and a turbo mode that is in excess of 200 lumens on eneloop AAAs.

I am noticing this to.

I personaly like this shift from seeing these led’s in just Chinese light’s and expensive USA light’s into affordable USA light’s that more folk’s can afford and experience. Exciting stuff.

Still like my modded Chinese light’s of course. Smile

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tarpon31 wrote:
Hi dchomak – Thankyou for posting thise pictures of the flashlight’s.

Our home depot did not have a nice display of them like that in your Home Depot but our’s carried a few new nifty flashlight’s

I bought one of the new ones the look’s like the 1000 lumen triple Led light in your picture At our home Depot but this one was 1500 lumen and had three XM-L2 led’s in it inside fairly deep reflector’s and takes 4 D cell batteries (This one—> http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-1500-Lumen-LED-Flashlight-HD14Q420/20... ) I noticed one with ripped packageing and picked it up and an employee walked by and said “ I can get you a discount on that one” and I asked how much he said let’s take it to the register and find out when we went to the register he entered a code that rang up as a $20 gift card and asked me how is that price?,I bought it on the spot (regular price here $34.88).

I tested the light using 4 Tenergy Premium Ni-MH Rechargeables against my Trustfire J-19 and the beam’s are about I dentical with the home depot model having a warmer tint and a slightly larger hotspot and a hair brighter overall (My J-19 is not modded)….a very nice light even at full price I now use the light as a bedside light next to a smaller Nitefighter f21c for pistol carry just in case.

Did you notice I fany of those light’s had newer Led’s in them?


That’s a great deal you got there. I just checked online at all the stores around here and by gauging in store stock it seems that this light is a new offering, not just old stock that has laying around awhile. To get that light with that heavy discount this early in it’s run is very good.
That is one of the “Holiday” lights, this one

As far as newer emitters go, pretty much any light that would have used an XP-G is now using an XP-G2 and XM-L’s have gone over to the XM-L2

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dchomak wrote:
As far as newer emitters go, pretty much any light that would have used an XP-G is now using an XP-G2 and XM-L’s have gone over to the XM-L2
FWIW I was just in an Auto Zone earlier today and I was surprised to see that their ~$20 3xAA lights were using XP-E/XP-G (I ignored die size. The dome on the one I looked closely at had a huge scuff across it that distracted me!). It could have been old stock, who knows. This was in the checkout area, so I assume that they do turn these over relatively quickly.

Break’s over for now. That was a long one! wight catchup WinkWinkWink
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wight wrote:
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As far as newer emitters go, pretty much any light that would have used an XP-G is now using an XP-G2 and XM-L’s have gone over to the XM-L2
FWIW I was just in an Auto Zone earlier today and I was surprised to see that their ~$20 3xAA lights were using XP-E/XP-G (I ignored die size. The dome on the one I looked closely at had a huge scuff across it that distracted me!). It could have been old stock, who knows. This was in the checkout area, so I assume that they do turn these over relatively quickly.

Yeah, I see that kind of stuff too. I think that must be old stock. I actually was thinking of the new lights in Home Depot and Lowes.
Earlier this year someone here posted about a 3-C light at Autozone that was reduced to $10. I went out and got it. It is actually a pretty good light with an XP-G.
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Notice the date, 03/18/14. Clearance price ends in 3 and the date is old enough to have gone to a penny.

I learned a new piece of information this week. A waitress at a restaurant we go to each Saturday is also a cashier at Home Depot. I told her about the penny deals I come across and she said she knew about them. HD’s policy is to ring them up and then the cashier is supposed to call the department head to let them know what happened so they can remove any remaining stock.

The pictured light above did ring up for a penny, there were three, and the self checkout helper noticed that they did. She came over to me and asked if there were more. Occasionally this question was asked of me before and I always thought it was because they wanted to get one for themselves. Turns out, that was so they could alert the department head.

Earlier in the week I came across these wire nuts that rang up for a penny. Had a date of 1/14/14, I don’t know how they lasted so long.

This is not a deal price wise, but it is good to know. Super strong Neodymium disc magnets in a HD, 3.98 per pack.

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Can they explain why they would rather throw them away then sell them?

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Can they explain why they would rather throw them away then sell them?

Well, I would assume that if they sell you something for a penny they could be satisfying a potential customers need for that item. They would then miss out on the opportunity to make a sale of a similar item at full markup.
By selling for a penny, they damage themselves, it’s better for them to throw it out. Sad
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Can they explain why they would rather throw them away then sell them?

Well, I would assume that if they sell you something for a penny they could be satisfying a potential customers need for that item. They would then miss out on the opportunity to make a sale of a similar item at full markup.
By selling for a penny, they damage themselves, it’s better for them to throw it out. Sad

they could just reduce to a clearance price, price the item to be thrown away at the profit margin on the other item

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On the other hand, I was talking to a Lowes manager the other day and he said they would rather get anything no matter how little rather than to throw it out. A couple of months ago I bought an entire clearance rack for 1 penny an item. They opened a separate register just to check me out. It took over a half hour to do that and the final bill was around $10. There were around 1000 items, mostly small bits of hardware. Here is a pick of one of the items. It is a box of EMT compression fittings, used to join 2 lengths of electrical EMT tubing. Normal price is around 86 cents each when purchased by the box of 50. That would be around $43.00 for the box. In the past they were clearance priced at a penny each, or 50 cents for the whole box. Didn’t sell???????????
I got them for 20 cents. Like he said, he would rather get something, anything, rather than nothing.

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On the other hand, I was talking to a Lowes manager the other day and he said they would rather get anything no matter how little rather than to throw it out. A couple of months ago I bought an entire clearance rack for 1 penny an item. They opened a separate register just to check me out. It took over a half hour to do that and the final bill was around $10. There were around 1000 items, mostly small bits of hardware. Here is a pick of one of the items. It is a box of EMT compression fittings, used to join 2 lengths of electrical EMT tubing. Normal price is around 86 cents each when purchased by the box of 50. That would be around $43.00 for the box. In the past they were clearance priced at a penny each, or 50 cents for the whole box. Didn’t sell???????????
I got them for 20 cents. Like he said, he would rather get something, anything, rather than nothing.
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That lowes manager is smart, he has a keen business sense!
if i were getting these deals i would start an ebay store selling them

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Ebay store dchomak! Tongue Out

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Ebay store dchomak! Tongue Out


Ebay store dchomer :bigsmile:

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I have never sold deals I get at a profit. That would take the FUN out of it. How many people make the mistake of turning their hobby into a business. They end up with no hobby and probably don’t make money at it anyway.

BTW, I collect tools as though it were a stamp collection. Hardware, screws, nuts etc I like to have on hand.
I will buy any stainless steel hardware when it is on clearance, I love SS screws and nuts!

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I have never sold deals I get at a profit. That would take the FUN out of it. How many people make the mistake of turning their hobby into a business. They end up with no hobby and probably don’t make money at it anyway.

BTW, I collect tools as though it were a stamp collection. Hardware, screws, nuts etc I like to have on hand.
I will buy any stainless steel hardware when it is on clearance, I love SS screws and nuts!


Bort is practical to a fault so he must ask, what do you do with all those 1 cent items?

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Bort is practical to a fault so he must ask, what do you do with all those 1 cent items?

I try to organize it and put it aside for when I may use it. I gave half of the box of EMT parts to an electrician friend, along with a couple of these:

These were $15.97 and I got them for 5 cents each on clearance. ImA4Wheelr would get a kick out of that because in one of his threads I posted these pics as a suggestion for an easy way to make a large zooming aspheric flashlight. Months later, there they were and I scooped them up.
It is a 2” expansion fitting for electrical work. The lube on the sleeve and the o-rings allows the length to be adjustable.

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You’ll find out on the next episode of “Hoarders” Smile

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Next week I will be taking a trip to Ohio. It’s about a 10 hour trip with normal stops. This time I plan on stopping at 8 HD’s along the way. My GPS can be set to find POI’s “along the way” that are no more than 1/2 mile off route. Very handy for finding a Dunkin Donuts or whatever kind of stop you like. We shall see if I can apply my theories on this trip.
Meanwhile, just today I found 2 more LED bulbs for a penny. These are old stock from a month ago’s clearance and when I saw them I recognized them as the “penny” lights. These came from my hometown HD, 3 miles from my house.
The self service checkout at HD and the receipt dated today, 11/30/2014


I have so many of these now I have decided to have a give away on some of these. Look for a separate thread on this coming shortly.

Yesterday my wife asked me to find one of the LARGE 59 inch Teddy Bears that HD had on BF. All the stores around here were out but I found that there were still some 22 miles away at a HD near the Massachusetts State line. It’s a long drive, but who cares, there’s a Costco up there too. Smile

So I bought one, brought it out to my van and went back in to see if I could make the long trip really worthwhile. Only thing I could find is this display for an electrical outlet with an integral USB charging port.

Price ends with a “6”, now to check the date. Is it more that 6 months plus 6 weeks old?

3/18/14, that is old enough! This could ring up for a penny.
And it did, got 4 of them. Actually 5, the last one was stuck in the cardboard and I made another trip into the store to get it.

Here is the tear down of that unit.




Copper heatsinks.


It’s even iPhone and iPad compatible. Here it is pumping 1.69A into an iPad and 1.26A to the iPhone.
The package claims 3A, so that must be the limit to the 2 USB charging ports.
I will use one of these in the kitchen, the others? Maybe I will give them away. Wink

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