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As the Holiday Season Draws Near, Be a Smart Buyer with These Tips

Although December is still months away, Christmas deals are already being advertised in establishments across the United States.

Companies are already putting up Christmas trees in the corners of their storefronts, blasting holiday music, and advertising bargains that will stretch from now until January next year.

Market leaders are already offering their editions of Christmas specials and bundles to attract customers to buy their items. Target has ‘Deal Days,’ Walmart has ‘Rollbacks and More,’ Best Buy has a ‘Flash Sale,’ and Amazon has a ‘Prime Day Event.’

With all of these deals, buyers may find it challenging to navigate. There is no better method for getting around the perplexing Christmas market than with careful planning and assessment.

Furthermore, businesses have a lot to offer their consumers due to surplus inventory that has gone unsold due to the pandemic and the country’s economic meltdown.

As a result, economists predict that more bundles, discounts, and offers will be available, potentially confusing customers about what to buy and what not to buy. Because of inflation, discounts are increasingly alluring to shoppers.

Adobe announced a discount on one-third of online sales, which implies excellent news for shoppers. So, what should ordinary buyers do when presented with a slew of these offers?

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Checking the price history

Checking the pricing history is strongly advised while purchasing. This should be followed while purchasing in all categories. People prefer to ignore this, especially when there is a promotion, believing it represents a significant price reduction.

They rapidly respond and buy, regardless of the typical price. Stores generally raise the price of a product before presenting it as ‘on sale.’

“Just because it’s a sale doesn’t mean it’s a good sale,” said Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate.

Dworsky recommends using internet tools like Camel Camel Camel and Honey to monitor the pricing history of things on Amazon.

The technologies might also assist consumers in setting price drop notifications, which would undoubtedly help them determine whether products truly had a price decrease.

Wait for better offers on clothing

According to Ashok Lalwani, the cost of clothes decreases as the Christmas season approaches, implying that if you can postpone purchasing a jacket now, you will certainly get a better offer later.

Furthermore, winter stuff is generally priced lower later in the season. Lalwani adds that the price drops because businesses want to clear out their stockpiles towards the end of the year so that they may start the next year with a fresh roster of goods, given that fashion trends fluctuate.

 “We expect the broader marketplace to be more promotional through the end of the holiday season,” said a finance chief.

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Black Friday electronics and toys are cheaper

According to analysts, Black Friday will be the perfect day to buy electronics and toys. Sellers are already used to customers expecting significant price discounts on Black Friday, so they will most likely stick to this.

Otherwise, companies risk disappointing clients already shopping for lower-cost products during that period.

“Consumers will no longer expect those deals in future years (and retailers will struggle to) entice consumers to their stores on future Black Fridays,” added Lalwani.

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Source: CNN

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