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UGG markdowns online Dec. 12

By Naomi Mannino · Bankrate.com
Friday, December 9, 2011
Posted: 5 pm ET

Do you have  your heart set on a pair of UGG boots for yourself or someone else this season? UGG is notorious for its full price items, never offering any promotions until after season, so it's usually a holiday budget buster.

But holiday markdown mania has finally hit UGG and you can snag a pair for less than usual this December.

I've heard the grumblings from retail buyers and have seen the list of some 20 discontinued styles that will be marked-down online first (think Amazon.com) as early as Monday, Dec. 12, and again Dec. 21, before the holidays. Although the fuzzy footwear has gone up in price this year, around $20 across the board, you will find markdowns of 20 percent to 33 percent off the discontinued styles. But these aren't UGGs you don't want. Many styles are similar to the UGG Classic Short and Classic Tall, with some embellishments. There are several heeled varieties and two classic riding styles, among others.

Spend smart and search for online retailers with free shipping to boot.   Before you order, check for counterfeiters and unauthorized retailers selling marked-down UGG boots. Use the extensive list of authorized online retailers and the counterfeiter search tool on the company's website, where you can also learn more about the appropriate labeling and counterfeiting tip-offs.

So, who's buying UGGs now?

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