Many things affect the price of consumer goods at any given time of the year. As the seasons change, retailers will clear out old stock to make way for the items that will be selling next month. Knowing when to buy and when to pass is a bargain-hunter’s skill, honed with experience and observation. Below are a few items we have found that traditionally are more expensive during the colder months.
Logically one might assume that camping gear is cheaper during the winter, when most of us have no desire to sleep outside. The truth is, however, that you can find more significant bargains in the spring and summer months, when sales are more relevant to buyers.
Computers cost more in the winter
The best months to buy a computer are April and August, says Daily Finance. Retailers tend to put them on sale in August to attract back-to-school shoppers. April, on the other hand, is the start of the Japanese fiscal year. The new year brings with it new production models, which in turn necessitates clearing the shelves of older models.
The same illogical fact holds true here as it does for the camping equipment. While it would seem sensible that retailers would give you a better price when demand is lower, the best sales are actually later in the year as the idea of travel becomes more immediate for consumers.
Summer recreational items
Barbecue grills, swimwear, patio furniture and other outdoor items were all going for deep discounts in October and November, as retailers were looking to unload backlogged summer inventory. By now, however, those sales are over and that stuff is going for full price.
Corn and other vegetables that grow in the warmer months are blander to the taste and cost more money in the off-season. What constitutes a summer vegetable, however, will differ by locality.
The optimal time to buy a car is in the fall, when dealers are pushing the new year’s models. Mark Di Vincenzo, author of “Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There,” said:
“The best time to buy a car is the fall, and the further you get in the season, the lower the price. But sales aren’t nearly as good in the winter. The big quota is [at] the end of the year, so they’re more willing to sweeten the pot in the fourth quarter.”
Demand for snow removal equipment is at its height right now. Don’t expect retailers to cut you any slack until March or later.
Again: when demand is high, retailers don’t have to jump through hoops to get you into the stores.