Christmas is peak season for retail with Australian shoppers predicted to spend more than $50 billion on Christmas shopping this year1.
Not surprising then that whilst you rack up the gifts for everyone else, you may be tempted to have a little splurge of your own. With the most popular shopping day this year predicted to be this Saturday 23rd of December, you might be best to get in as soon as you can.
However, whilst there are certainly great deals to be had for those prepared to shop around, there are some items it’s best to hold off on buying until after the Christmas period.
Investment pieces such as sofas, beds and outdoor furniture can be heavily discounted in the New Year sales, usually from Boxing Day onwards. Do your research ahead of time while you are out and about Christmas shopping, but hold off on your purchases until 26th December for big savings.
Particularly in department stores, both online and bricks and mortar, manchester is often heavily discounted in the Boxing Day Sales and beyond during the new year. Big name brands hold their own sales and many department stores will match their best price, so be sure to compare prices before you hit “add to cart”.
3. Big ticket electronics
Possibly the biggest risk in terms of stock availability, if you can get the item you’re after in the sales, it’s often heavily discounted. Floor stock is also on offer during this time to make way for new merchandise.
4. Gym memberships
New Year resolutions sees a spike in the uptake of gym memberships through January so before you sign your life away for 12months, do your research. Compare prices, let them know you’re shopping around for the best deal and look for gyms that may waive joining fees during this period.
As in any sale, there’s always the risk that the item you want is not available so be prepared to be either disappointed or flexible with what you’ll settle for.
Websites such as finder list sales by retailer, state, merchandise and date so you can plan ahead for the best deals.
Top 10 hot products on eBay2
2. Elf on the Shelf
3. Nintendo Switch
7. Exploding kittens
10. Bluetooth Speakers
2 Source: Hitwise, via Retail Industry Association