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Don't buy digital cameras in February

What not to buy in February
Digital cameras

Even though makers unveil new models of digital cameras in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, you likely won't find real deals on digital cameras in February, says Hillary Mendelsohn, author of "thepurplebook" online shopping series and founder of ThePurpleBook.com.

Expect better deals: If you missed the discounts in November and December, don't worry. Cameras tend to go on sale in May and June, Mendelsohn says. Look for discounts of 20 percent to 30 percent in the days leading up to graduation season, Father's Day and summer vacations, she says.

Or wait until next January, and get up to 45 percent off on some models, says Sharon Banfield, public relations director for PriceGrabber.com.

What is on sale in February: Cellphones, tablets and networking gear are on sale. In February, look for discounts of 25 percent to 30 percent on last year's models of those consumer-electronic mainstays, Banfield says.

Ditto on other home electronics -- everything from TVs to vacuum cleaners, says Augie Grant, professor at the University of South Carolina and editor of "Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals." Pick up last year's models in February, and save 20 percent to 40 percent, he says.

With TVs, you typically can get deals on new models the week before the Super Bowl, Grant adds.


 

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