You never know when you’ll find a great deal, but it helps to know where to look. One forehead-smackingly great place to start is Home Depot’s “busted-ass packaging table,” more commonly known as the “clearance item table.”
Once you shrug off the crappy packaging and hand-written notes warning of missing parts and broken accessories, you’ll often find some good tools marked down to 40% or less of their original sticker. Sure, they’re probably missing a blade or something, but Home Depot wouldn’t be able to re-sell the tool if it was largely disfunctional.
Heck, sometimes the model is just a few years old and covered in dust and cob webs. These get a special hand written orange star that normally signifies that management is tired of looking at it and would like to see it leave — bad for the ‘Depot, good for you; these can be sweet deals, indeed.
Example: I picked up a Skil 2.3A 7-1/4″ circ saw last week for $21. Normal price: $40. The problem: it was missing the instructions, the cardboard packaging was crappy-looking, and it didn’t come with a blade.
So the next time you’re strolling the HD aisles, take a few minutes to locate and pick over the clearance table. Yeah, it looks like a big pile of useless crap, but that’s why it’s a find: newbies’ll pass it right by.
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