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When’s the best time to buy gifts? This site shows you sale prices in real time

Zach Epstein
December 22nd, 2014 at 6:15 PM
Best Holiday Sales

Black Friday has come and gone, and Cyber Monday feels like a distant memory. The busiest shopping season of the year is finally behind us, but does that mean the best sale prices of the season are a thing of the past as well? Well guess what — if you thought big sales were over and done just because Christmas is almost here, think again.

Did you know you can still get a $430 KitchenAid Stand Mixer for $280? Did you know you can also get a $130 Jawbone UP24 for $80 or a $200 pair of Beats by Dre Solo 2 On-Ear Headphones for just $150?

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Here’s the good news: The Wall Street Journal has put together an awesome web page that tracks sale prices in real time to show you when the best time to buy a product is. Interestingly, it’s not always during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bonanzas that are publicized so thoroughly.

The bad news, however, is that WSJ’s web page only tracks a total of 10 products.

The 10 products that are being tracked are all fairly popular, and the paper’s site is interesting and informative in that the interactive graphs for each product include historical pricing at a range of retailers. As a result, you can clearly see that “doorbuster” Black Friday sale pricing is often made available again in early December by a number of retailers, so going crazy and battling mobs of shoppers might not be worthwhile after all.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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