The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December

The best deals of this month -- before and after Christmas -- and purchases that you should definitely put off until the New Year.

If you have these items on your shopping list, and you can put off the purchase, you should:

High-end electronics

If you’re planning to shop premium electronics, know that many top brands introduce new models of high-end computers and top-of-the-range TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. As a result, 2017 models will generally hit better prices when the new lines of futuristic tech are announced in Las Vegas. (Of course, not everything follows this cycle; smartphones tend to be announced in late spring, while Apple products keep their own individual annual schedule.)

Following the event, from the second week in January, look for deals on sophisticated tech like smart home appliances, 3D printers, and VR headsets.

New cars

If you’re updating your vehicle at the end of this year, know that you should hold off until the very end of December to make your purchase. Autotrader suggests the end of the month, and the end of a quarter or year particularly, will see the very best discounts on the previous year’s line of cars. Helping support that claim, TrueCar.com found that Dec. 31 tends to see the most competitive average discounts of the year. In 2013, New Year’s Eve saw an average discount of 8.8 percent off.

Exercise equipment

Gym owners and fitness retailers alike know that January is most people’s month of renewal, so they’ll drop their best discounts of the season in the new year. We’ve also found that January sees around double the number of deals on exercise equipment compared to December — with prices on dumbbell sets hitting just $5 in the month, and exercise bikes starting at around $60.

Broadway show tickets

You may be planning to buy tickets for your favorite show this Christmas, but know that January will see far better discounts on all-things Broadway. Not only is it regarded as a slow month on the scene, but January will see the return of Broadway Week. That’s when you can shop highly discounted tickets and even score BOGO-free offers for many popular showtimes.

You can book these low-cost concessions from Jan. 5. So consider buying a gift card for your “Hamilton”-crazed loved one instead of a ticket, as they may get more bang for their buck in 2018.

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