Most of you have probably already heard that Toys R Us is closing a bunch of stores all over the US. They sent out an email saying that closing deals will start today with items up to 30% off. At a glance it sounds like it may be a decent deal, but many items at Toys R Us are priced higher than they are at other retailers or on sites such as Amazon. So before just rushing out to buy a new stroller or a crib at a discount, remember to use a couple strategies to make sure you are actually getting a deal.
Bring your phone or plan ahead and look up items you are interested in buying. Do the math. Is the price at Babies R Us or Toys R Us actually lower than what you could get the same item for on Amazon? If not, you might just want to pass. Also make sure you are asking about return policies. Will items you buy at a discount be returnable online or in a different location? You don’t want to buy something and then realize it’s broken or not quite what you wanted after all but now you’re stuck with it or have to sell it at a loss.
If something is cheaper than you can get it elsewhere, you might want to go ahead and get it now and not wait to hopefully get a better deal later on. Yes, many stores will mark stuff down even further as the closing date draws nearer. But don’t count on the things you want being available then. I have missed out on a lot of good deals by waiting and hoping for an even better deal.
So if you have a local store that is closing, go check it out. You might walk out with some amazing stuff for a bargain, but don’t just look at the price there and impulse buy when there’s a good chance that this early on you can potentially get it for a better price elsewhere. But it’s definitely worth a look. Just last year I got a stroller and carseat travel set at Target in the clearance section for $50. Originally priced at about $189. If you go check out a store closing and find a good deal, post it in the comments!