When stores seem to have continuous sales, it's hard to know if an advertised deal is really a deal. An item could have been offered at a markup only to be put "on sale" later, for instance. Or a discounted item may go on clearance for an even lower price next week.
Savvy shoppers can tell if sale items at some major retailers really are a bargain, so long as they know what to look for on a price tag. Perhaps no surprise, some retailers guard these price code secrets closely. When Cheapism reached out to corporate press contacts for comment, some confirmed our information, but several said it was against their policy to talk about pricing strategies. Lucky for shoppers, in most cases, calling local stores eventually yielded a loose-lipped associate. And some information was confirmed by store employees hiding behind ambiguous usernames online.
In the end, Cheapism uncovered price code secrets at 16 chains.