Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, I’d like to provide some advice for those still in the midst of their Christmas shopping. Here’s some general advice on how to play out the rest of the +3 week that remain until Christmas Day arrives.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday were two very large waves of promotions that have passed. Most of the deals that were offered have now expired or the items are no longer in-stock. Plus, we are at the point where a new month is about to start. What is the significance? People are going to get paid and that means they’re going to shop. Retailers know this, so they’re likely to pull back on whatever Christmas shopping incentives they might offer. Therefore, from now until at least the middle of the first full week of December (after the 7th), I would delay Christmas shopping.
Once the weekend of December 10th arrives you and the retailers have two solid weeks before December 25th arrives. That means any retailers that are lagging in sales are going to hit their final sales push sometime in these final two weeks. This is your mid-month opportunity. Keep your eyes open during this period, if you still have shopping to be done. Stores that are not hitting their projections are going to push a little harder to get you in the door.
You may have very gift specific needs and that could change the strategy outlined above. I understand such constraints. Popular items need to be bought as soon as possible to ensure they are available via a regular store and not only for purchase on an inflated re-sale market. If you have such constrains placed upon your shopping list or if you’re just looking for a deal, I would utilize a few websites in your quest.
One neat thing about the Internet is the ability of large amounts of people to share information with one another. A lot of people love scouring the Internet for deals and a good portion of those people enjoy telling the world about the deals they’ve found. FatWallet.com is a site where this activity occurs. I would watch the FatWallet Hot Deals forum where people post deals they find and then other users rate whether the deal is legit or not worth your time. You can also utilize the search function to find specific deals that might have been posted in the previous days or weeks.
So, there you have it. If you have Christmas shopping to do, don’t panic. You have nearly a month before the big day. Retailers want you to rush out after the 1st of the month and spend, spend, spend. If you wait a little, you are likely to find yourself in a position to score a second round of deals as the Christmas shopping season approaches its close.