abcnews.comBeware shoppers. Halloween isn't the only scary thing going on in October. The month is also filled with risky decisions for discerning consumers. It's close enough to November - and those tempting Black Friday deals – to encourage bargain hunters to wait. However, there are a handful of items that are actually better buys this month. These are the eight deals you should consider now, as they are likely to be gone by the time Black Friday rolls around. Stick around for the end of this article, because we also have five categories that you should avoid until November.
"Since many manufacturers release new car models in September, experts in the industry claim that dealerships will start slashing prices on older models. These discounts start in September, but according to Forbes, they become substantially better in October. As a result, you can save 10% to 20% or more on a 2013 car this month," writes Dealnews.com.
The best time to get a huge deal on a Halloween costume starts on November 1, as all seasonal items do once their corresponding holiday has passed. But how many of us are likely to wait until after Halloween to buy a costume?"The week before October 31, numerous stores will offer discounts, ranging from the modest (30% to 50% off) and the downright affordable (up to 85% off sales that mostly include accessories)."
The travel industry refers to October as the "shoulder season." Travel expert Rick Steves – American author and television personality – says it combines the advantages of both peak-season and off-season travel…you'll enjoy decent weather, long-enough daylight, fewer crowds, and a local tourist industry still ready to please and entertain." Dealnews agrees, saying booking a trip in a locale that's experiencing a dip in business, such as a summer-heavy destination, will yield excellent discounts since there won't be an influx of travelers pushing the prices up.
"You can get great cruise deals in October for the same reason that general travel is well-priced this time of year: the shoulder season signifies a drop in demand. However, an interesting facet to cruises is that, in addition to super cheap prices — recently we've seen 2-person Caribbean cruises for less than $300 — you can get a discount by opting for a "repositioning cruise" which News Day explains is a 1-day trip that the carrier books to get the ship back to its base location. Couple that with a super cheap 1-way flight, and you've got a budget-friendly vacation at sea."
CNN says October is a slow month for Broadway, so you're likely to find discounted tickets or special promotions. Last month, Amtrak offered "buy one, get one free" ticket deals for its rewards members. Since September is also a slow month, it's reasonable to expect similar deals in October.
Many artists – from Joan Jett to Justin Timberlake – will drop new albums in October. A recent trend has been for a band to release several free tracks or even stream the whole album for free before the actual album comes out. Bookmark your favorite band's Facebook page for free tracks or streaming promotions.
If you have a kid, chances are you've already stockpiled the supplies they need for school. Any of these items remaining on store shelves are on their way to the bargain bins. Since school supplies are always handy – homes and offices always need pens, paper, thumbtacks and other supplies – this is a good time to save a lot on things you'll always need.
While you won't find particularly good deals on equipment specifically made to endure extreme cold temperatures, October is a great time to shop end-of-season clearance sales. For example, REI's sale currently discounts mild weather items like open-air coverings, pop up chairs, and mesh tents.
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While there are great buys in October, there's no denying that November is the month for stunningly low prices on a variety of electronics and other goods. Hold off on buying Appliances, which will be included in Black Friday sales that discount washers, dryers, vacuums, and the like from department and home improvement stores. It's too early for Cold Weather Apparel deals. These typically come online in January. Stay away from General Electronics purchases as well.
"We see the best prices of the year in November and especially around Black Friday weekend. Most people are aware that this is a trend for TVs and budget laptops, but digital cameras, media players, and home theater components could also see their best prices of the year in just a few short weeks — before they're replaced by newer models next year."
HDTVs seem to drop in price every month. Even if they're cheaper right now than ever before, you might want to wait. "Regardless of the TV you're looking for, we highly recommend waiting until November when you'll see numerous Editors' Choice-level TV deals every day." Finally, October is not the month to buy a Laptop. You will find better deals in November.
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