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Thursday November 24, 2011
Electronics holiday buying guide
Electronics are a big-ticket holiday item (no kidding), and Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales herald the start of serious savings. But how do you find exactly what you want, at the price you want? Answer: be in the know.
- Know this: It pays to sign up. Store newsletters, mailing lists, and social media all grant you access to sales and extra savings. When TVs went digital in 2009, this is how my family scored our new TV. Sometimes following the specific brand itself can yield an extra discount. If you fear spam mail, set up a separate email account.
- Know this: Don’t be afraid to haggle. You know I love flea markets, mainly because the fun is in negotiating a sweet deal. Even if you’re shopping at big-name retailers, you can still try to swing a discount by taking advantage of price-matching programs or suggesting a bundle (extra 3-D glasses if you buy the TV).
- Know this: Wait, if you can. The after-Christmas sales are great, but if you can make it to the New Year there might be even better deals available. Early January is when the Annual International Consumer Electronics Show is held, so that’s when retailers will be eager to get rid of current models.
Have you scored a great deal on a TV, camera, or other gadget? Tell me about it!