TK Maxx worker reveals the secret every customer should know to bag a bargain

A former worker at TK Maxx has lifted the lid on a secret hack which could bag shoppers a real bargain. Customers should scrutinise the labels for the money-saving clues.

The ex-employee at the High Street chain said certain numbers on labels meant the item was a real bargain. He’s now advising people to check the price tags before buying anything.

The Manchester Evening News reports how the revelations came to light in a behind-the-scenes documentary about TK Maxx. On the programme, former senior merchandiser Daniel Baker talks about the tricks and tips of the retailer.

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Daniel spilled his secrets in a new Channel 5 documentary, “TK Maxx: How do they do it?” The show, which airs this Sunday (May 1), will be an eye-opening insight into how TK Maxx operates.

He said when picking up an item to buy, customers should examine the price tag closely to see if one of three key numbers are on it. The numbers to look out for are one, two and seven.

A new Channel 5 documentary lifts the lid on the “off price retailer”, including what to look out for on tags.
Former TK Maxx worker Daniel Baker reveals the secret codes on labels

Speaking in the show, Daniel said: “On any label, you can see a number. The number that is really exciting to a customer is number two because that means it’s genuine stock that was sold at a higher price somewhere else. It’s excess stock or something like that.”

According to Daniel, the numbers on labels range from one to nine which are all codes used by TK Maxx. But there are only three which are relevant to shoppers.

Daniel said: “The main three codes are one, two, and seven. One means produced for TK Maxx, two is ‘close out buy’ that is unsold from another brand, and seven is ‘packaway’ which means it’s been packed for a previous year, like Christmas crackers bought in January for the following year.

“You can get good value for money on a type one. It could be that just the sheer volume they are producing means they can price it cheaper. The real bargains you are looking for are a two and a seven for sure. That’s also part of the treasure hunt when I got into a store as I’m constantly going ‘oh that’s a type two, that’s a real bargain there.”

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