The Best (Not-MLK) Sales This Weekend

While retailers take any excuse to run a big sales promotion, they tend to shy away from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, presumably because it seems inappropriate to use the name of the slain civil rights leader to sell stuff. In fact, Sears was mocked by Stephen Colbert for discounting mattresses by 50% for its "MLK Savings Event" two years ago; this year, Sears is just calling it a "Big Weekend Sale."

But it's still a long weekend, and people like to use their day off to shop. So here are a few retailers that are holding sales -- but not naming them after Dr. King.

Coupon site points us to Macy's, which is taking either 15% or 10% off everything in the store, depending on the department. If you're buying online, plug in the code WKND; if you're shopping in the store, print out the savings pass first. And be sure to read the fine print before you checkout.

That big weekend sale from Sears includes "up to 40% off" fitness equipment, which is one of our least-favorite deal phrases -- it could very well mean that you have a hundred items at 5% off and one that's 40% off. Even more ambiguous is the offer of "up to $30% off" appliances; when you click through to the fine print, it's clear that it's the dollar sign that's out of place, as the promotion is for discounts of 5% to 30%. And, yes, mattresses are 50%-60% off.

Guess, meanwhile, is taking 50% off for its carefully named "holiday weekend sale." The discount is good online and in stores, though it looks as if it's not an across-the-board sale, as the fine print specifies that it's on "select styles only." Fortunately, you won't need to guess which items are eligible for the discount; the price shown is the final price, so what you see is what you get. The sale is good through Monday.

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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this country has become so PC it is impossible to open your mouth without offending someone

January 20 2013 at 12:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Today is Robert E Lee's birthday. That should be recognized!

January 19 2013 at 9:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Who in their right mind would buy anything to celebrate MLK birthday, glad cable TV offers other choices rather than watching something as stupid as this celebration.

January 19 2013 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here in Virginia it's Lee Jackson King day by a stroke of bad coincidence

January 19 2013 at 8:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Wasn't President Lincoln also shot and killed? Stores have no problem with a Presidents day sale. It's not PC to have a MLK day sale.......I guess

January 18 2013 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Is there a Bobby Kennedy day?

January 19 2013 at 9:57 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply