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Holiday Sales Aren't What They Seem. Save Your Money


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    Every year I stay home and watch as tons of people flood into store for the holiday sales, the absolute worst of which being black Friday. I cannot stand what that holiday represents and they way people act towards eachother to save a buck. I can understand you want to get that massive TV for half off. I can also understand you want to get that normally expensive whatever for half off. But what I can't understand is the people who flood the stores are usually in it for the pettiest of sales for items they most likely don't need at all. They're just buying the items simply because they are on sale.

    Why?

    Save your money. If you didn't need two toasters yesterday, you're most likely not going to need them tomorrow. The discount will not help you in any way. It does however give the store you purchased it from more money that they otherwise wouldn't have gotten.

    In short, if you don't need something, a sale doesn't mean you should go out and buy it.

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    I can honestly say I've never once shopped on Black Friday or any other shopping "holiday." Heck, I've never even taken part of "Prime Day" on Amazon. As you said, the vast majority of "deals" are on things you never would have purchased in the first place had it not been on sale.

    I've never really understood standing in line for a consumer product. The only thing I've ever stood in line for, virtual or otherwise, are concert tickets.

    It's also interesting that more people haven't come to realize that the best time to buy a new product, especially one that's electronic or an appliance, is either in September and October. That's around the time the newer models of most products are rolled out, so last years models prices are slashed to get them off the floor. For the vast majority of the time, the "new model" is only a slight upgrade at best, so you can get a brand new product for a fraction of what you'd pay for the "new model" that is hardly any different than what you purchased.

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    Old Sport Wrote:

    For the vast majority of the time, the "new model" is only a slight upgrade at best, so you can get a brand new product for a fraction of what you'd pay for the "new model" that is hardly any different than what you purchased.

    Well said. Always thought the same thing.

    I'm cool with waiting people until end of year to make some kinds of purchases, IF you already planned to buy something and are able to wait. Like upgrading your TV, getting a new mattress, etc. And sometimes even buying a new car. There are better times of the year than others to buy some things. Waiting in line is dumb though, just do it online.