People think that Black Friday is the "it" time of year for electronics gifts. Not so. There may be a good deal on a laptop here or a TV there, but quite honestly, you are probably buying last year's leftovers. If you are going to do that, it is better to wait until the very end of the year, after Christmas and before New Year's. That way you can spend your holiday gift cards on closeouts and at these locations.
Tons of bargains abound at retail chains that sport electronics as their main inventory. While TVs, computers, and laptops are not likely to come back as returns, sometimes they do. These customers wanted a different brand, a different size, a different color, or different features from the ones they received for Christmas, so they return them.
If the boxes have been opened, these items cannot be resold as "new," even if they were taken out of the box. The retail chain stores check to make sure the items are fully functioning, and then mark them all the way down to closeout prices. If you want these items for yourself, the box is purely cosmetic, and the prices are practically unbeatable.
Do you know what happens to all of those electronics that do not sell from Black Friday to the day after Christmas? They either sit on the clearance shelf for months, or they are sold to electronics wholesalers.The electronics wholesalers keep the excess inventory until it is sold down to the last item. A small percentage is given to the stores that sold these items to the wholesalers, and another small percentage of profits goes to the wholesalers. You still get really good deals, often cheaper and better than the post-Christmas returns at the retail chains.
If you suddenly decide that every room in your house needs an HD flat screen TV, buying in bulk helps too. Bulk stores sell off electronics post-holiday season as though they are selling cakes and cookies (and almost as cheap!). Of course, it has to be a "buy more, save more" type of situation, but if you do not need that many of one type of electronic item, you could save up the extras to give to friends and family next Christmas. Regardless of what you do with the extras, the savings are worth the cost and worth checking out.