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Black Friday traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season followed by Small Business Saturday and now Cyber Monday.
Experts are warning not every sale is the ultimate bargain.
Here are a few tips on what NOT to buy this year on Cyber Monday:
- Brand name TVs: HDTVs are a hot holiday item, and on Cyber Monday, retailers will offer them at some of the lowest prices ever seen, but these rock-bottom prices will only be available on lower-end brands. If you’re looking for discounts on specific brand name sets, you’ll need to be patient. High-end HDTVs are actually priced lower in January, before the Super Bowl. Last year, for example, 55-inch name brand TVs such as Samsung, Sony and LG were reduced as much as 30 percent.
- Toys: You can save up to 63% off popular toys by waiting until the final two weeks before Christmas for the lowest prices of the season. However, don’t wait too long. The most sought-after holiday toys can sell out quickly or rise up to 200 percent.
- Jewelry: It may already be too late to get the best the price. Watches and jewelry increase in price steadily from October through December. The best time to buy these items is during spring and summer months, when demand is lower.
- Luxury Items & Winter Staples: Popular styles of Ugg boots with a suggested cost of $160 sold for as little as $85 in September and October but soared about 59% on Cyber Monday, going for around $135.
Other Cyber Monday Tips:
- Price Match: Keep in mind that brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy and Target say they’ll match the prices of some online competitors this holiday season, including Amazon and Wal-mart.
- Go Online Instead: 70 percent of in-store Black Friday offers were available online at the same prices or less. Online prices beat in-store competitors 94 percent of the time on products such as TVs, laptops, tablets, cameras, video game consoles and GPS devices.
- Return Policies May be Stricter: so be sure to clarify before you buy, as you may not be able to exchange or get your money back.