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Don't buy laptops and tablets in December

What not to buy in December
Laptops and tablets

Your best buys on laptops? Not in December, says Andrea Woroch, savings expert with CouponSherpa.com. You may find some price cuts, but they're likely not the best ones of the year, she says.

Ditto on electronic tablets, says Hillary Mendelsohn, author of "thepurplebook" online shopping series and founder of ThePurpleBook.com. Because they make popular gifts, it's more than likely "you're not going to get competitive deals on tablets," she says.

Expect better deals: With laptops, August and September back-to-school sales often offer the best prices, Woroch says. That's when you can find 25 percent off new models and even more on older models, she says. And you'll also find special promotions and freebies, such as a gift card or free printer, she adds.

What is on sale: Desktop computers and electronic gaming systems are on sale.

Because they aren't traditionally a holiday gift, "desktops are really a good deal during the holidays," Woroch says. Look for about 30 percent off.

And while you may not find actual sales on gaming systems, "what they'll do during the holidays is bundle them with accessories and games -- which will make them a great deal," Mendelsohn says. Savings over buying a la carte: about 20 percent, she says.


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