6 Things not to buy before Christmas
Every year, DealNews.com archives the biggest discounts, particularly on brand name items. This season, their detailed studies of that information reveal what's truly a good deal during the pre-holiday sales rush, and what isn't. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of giving gifts after the holidays, but if you're shopping for yourself, the list below includes what you should buy AFTER Christmas according to DealNews.
Brand Name HDTVs
The January Consumer Electronics Show is the premiere tech show for TV manufacturers, as this is when they debut their 2014 lineup. Soon after that, retailers will react by cutting prices on 2013 models. Last year in February, DealNews reported name-brand 55" 3D LCD HDTVs dropped an extra 6% in price, compared to their best November prices. In some cases the savings are even more significant, so depending on the TV you're looking at you could be in for a savings of $50 or much, much more.
Rather than buy your workout gear now, wait until next month when you'll see a ton of sales on fitness goods. So whether you're looking for equipment for your home or a new wardrobe that you can strut at the gym, it's worth waiting a few more weeks. Stores that DealNews said to keep an eye on to keep an eye on include Athleta, Joe's New Balance, and REI, which had sales of 50%, 60%, and 50% off respectively last year.
Several manufacturers will release new 2014 furniture collections in February, forcing retailers to clear their old inventory in January. The result is solid home furniture deals from the likes of Pottery Barn and Home Depot, to name a few.
We're seeing a lot of new gadgets, from home theater systems to new Android tablets. For bargain hunters, it also means heavy discounts on this year's tech in late January and throughout early February. DealNews.com said you can expect deep discounts on 2013 HDTVs, Android tablets, digital cameras, and high-end laptops.
Clothing & Accessories
Practically every apparel store will have an after-Christmas sale on the 26th of December. However, not all sales are created equal. For maximum savings, DealNews recommended Banana Republic, Club Monaco, GAP, and French Connection, all of which had the websites "best of the year," Editors' Choice-level sales on the day after Christmas in 2012. Honorable mentions also go to Saks Fifth Avenue and 6pm, both of which offered their biggest percent-off sales along with no-minimum free shipping.
While it may seem odd to buy Christmas treats and decorations days after the holiday, late December is the perfect time to stock up on decorations for next year's celebration. For treats, they recommend looking at Godiva, which traditionally discounts its chocolates by up to 40% off. Also, be sure to check stores like Neiman Marcus, which last year took up to 51% off its selection of Godiva chocolates. For holiday decorations, both Home Depot and Lowe's had particularly aggressive deals (up to 75% off) on all things Christmas last year.
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