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Which Retail Chains Have The Best Employee Discount?

If you're gonna hate your job, you've got to at least get something more than minimum wage out of it. For seasonal employment planning purposes, ranked from worst to best.

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19. Lowe's


Employees get 10% off Lowe's merchandise. They can also participant in a discount program that offers a wide-range of discounts at other retail stores, restaurants, on flights and hotels, for cell phone plans, and more.


12. Whole Foods

For everyone, 20% off of all purchases made at any Whole Foods Market location with a discount card you receive on day one. Spouses and "eligible domestic partners" may also receive the card. Whole Foods also offers a controversial optional program that can increase your employee discount up to 30% based on your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, and whether you smoke or not. Those showing "platinum" health will earn 30% discounts; "gold" gets 27% and silver 25%, while "bronze" wins 22% off.


9. Apple

On day one, employees are eligible for a 25% discount on the following products: iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. The same discount is also available on one each of the various iPod models, an iPad, Airport base station, Apple display, and a “reasonable quantify” of Apple accessories. There is a 50% discount on most Apple software and 10% on third-party accessories, both in "reasonable quantities." Friends and family of an Apple employee are also eligible, limited to three products at a 15% discount. In addition to this discount, Apple employees are eligible for either $250 off the price of an iPad, or $500 off the price of any Mac model, usable once every three years.


6. Anthropologie

Every day: 40% on apparel, 25% on home, and no discount on sale items. Same discount at Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Terrain. They have special employee appreciation days where you and your immediate family and one other person (spouse, domestic partner, or bestie) can get 40% off anything and everything.

4. The Gap

Complicated discount system with discounts for Banana Republic and Old Navy as well, but the discount percentage varies from 30% - 50%, based on how much you're buying and whether it's at your home store. You get a discount card which includes discounts for spouses and domestic partners.

3. J. Crew


You can pick five full price items each month to get a 50% discount on. After that, full price merchandise is 30% off. Sale merchandise is 50% off. In addition to that, there is a list of slow selling / overstock items released each week that employees can get 60% off the retail price on.

2. Best Buy

After a three month probation period, employees can buy stuff at its wholesale cost + 10% markup, which often comes out to a deep discount, although starting last year the total discount was capped at 50% off.

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