Tips to scor­ing a deal

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY -

❚ Com­pare prices: The eas­i­est way to do this is to scan prod­uct bar­codes with Ama­zon, Tar­get and Wal­mart apps.

❚ Look for spe­cial mer­chan­dise: It’s com­mon for liq­uida­tors to bring in spe­cial mer­chan­dise, of­ten left­overs from other closed re­tail­ers. Look for signs at store en­trances that ex­plain how to spot this mer­chan­dise, which in­cludes women’s slip­pers, tote bags and spe­cial toys not pre­vi­ously car­ried at stores.

❚ All sales are fi­nal: If you end up buy­ing some­thing you don’t want, try re­coup­ing your money by sell­ing it. Also make sure prices ring up at ad­ver­tised dis­counts be­fore pay­ing.

❚ Use a credit card: This is a safety net if you ex­pe­ri­ence any prob­lems and may of­fer a way to con­test the charge. But you are shop­ping at your own risk.

❚ War­ranties: Check war­ranty de­tails and find out where re­pairs can be made.

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