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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Shopping At T.J. Maxx

Discounts on items that are already discounted?

If you’ve ever shopped at a T.J. Maxx, you probably have a general knowledge of their process: Basically, if a clothing manufacturer hoped to sell 60,000 pairs of pants to a retailer such as Macy’s, but Macy’s chooses to buy just 50,000 of them, then T.J. Maxx will buy the remaining 10,000 pairs for their stores and sell them at a discounted price.

In their words: “When a designer overproduces or other stores overbuy, we swoop in, negotiate the lowest possible price, and pass the savings on!”

Ever wonder: “How do they do it?” Keep reading to learn more about the retailer.


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1. Yellow Price Tags Indicate A Final Markdown

If an item has a yellow price tag, it is at final markdown, meaning that it is at the lowest price it will ever go to. So if the item has any other colored price tag, its price could still be lowered.

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2. Purple Price Tags Indicate High Fashion

For those who like to keep up with current trends, keep an eye out for anything with a purple price tag. These tags are affixed to high fashion, designer pieces—often those from the most recent “season”—so keep an eye out for purple when you’re looking for discounts on designer items.

3. T.J. Maxx Is Not A Discount Store

Yes, they have lower prices, but no, they technically aren’t a discount store. Instead, T.J. Maxx is a self-proclaimed “off-price retailer.”

Off-price stores typically sell brand-name and designer merchandise, while discount stores primarily sell private label merchandise. The more you know.

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Getty Images | Joe Raedle

4. Their Gift Cards Can Be Used Elsewhere

If you have a T.J. Maxx gift card, it can be redeemed at any T.J. Maxx location—as well as Marshalls or Home Goods—both in stores and online.

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5. T.J. Maxx Gives Away $1,000 Gift Cards Every Month

Every month, anybody has the chance to become T.J. Maxx’s Maxxinista of the Month.

Besides unlimited bragging rights, each winner also receives a $1,000 gift card to the store. To enter, all you have to do is post your Maxx findings on social media with #maxxinista and #contest as in the post below. Not bad.

6. No Two Stores Are Identical

T.J. Maxx states on its website that shoppers will never see the same selection twice, as thousands of new items arrive at each store several times a week. With employees stocking new items daily, you could shop there everyday and see something different.

7. Shop As Early As Possible

Since each store is not identical and items are stocked daily, customers are bound to find the best selection within the store in the morning rather than later in the day. In this case, the early bird definitely gets the deal.

8. T.J. Maxx Is Pet-Friendly

Ever seen a dog sitting in a shopper’s cart while you’re at the Maxx? Don’t worry, this is allowed. Take your dog to the store with you for some ultimate pet-owner bonding time. (Pets are allowed in a cart, but not on the floor, per T.J. Maxx policy.)

9. Follow T.J. Maxx On Social Media For Deals

T.J. is one of many stores to utilize social media, and its known for offering deals to its followers. For example, on its birthday, T.J. Maxx posted a offer on its Instagram page for followers to receive a free reusable bag from their store.

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10. Expect Steep Discounts At The End Of Each Season

Any items that aren’t sold at a TJ. Maxx at the end of a season will be given a significant discount, in hopes to clear that space up for new inventory.