Well, we’ve done the crackers, the turkey and the tinsel. Now, it’s time for that other tradition – the post-Christmas sales. So, sharpened elbows at the ready to fight off all those other bargain hunters… what are the best buys?
Many people will have bought new televisions pre-Christmas to take advantage of all the festive programming and, with new models due in the shops in spring, there are some good deals to be had as stores try to clear space for the latest gizmos. You may not be getting the very latest smart functions but if that’s something you can live without, you could find a 2012 model at a vastly reduced price. At the moment, Curry’s has the LG 42LS34GT Full HD 42-inch LED TV on sale at £329, reduced from £629.
If you’re looking to buy a new laptop, this could be the time to do it. With the launch of Windows 8, there will be lots of Windows 7 bargains knocking around. There are also some reductions on Windows 8 too as rumours abound that sales for Microsoft haven’t gone as well as hoped. At PC World, there’s money off a Windows 8 HP Pavilion in a range of colours. The winter blue version is £399 rather than £549.99. There’s up to 1.65GB of dedicated RAM and a 1 TB hard drive, which should hold all the files, apps and multimedia you need.
Tablets and e-book readers
With these featuring on many people’s Christmas lists, retailers will now be fearing a festive lull in sales. While the best time for bagging bargains is to go for the previous model when the new one is about to come out, there are still discounts to be had now. Argos has 25 per cent off the Kobo range of e-readers at the moment. The Kobo touch is currently £59.99 down from £79.99.
With new models generally brought out in spring and autumn, the beginning of the year isn’t usually the time to find the best bargains. But, some manufacturers do have decent cashback deals at the moment. Jessops has £20 off the Sony A37 at the moment and £50 cashback. Or, there’s £70 off the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Digital, with its huge 24x Wide Angle Leica lens, making it £179.95 in the sale.
There can often be a lot of good deals for printers in January as retailers push accessories for all the new PCs and laptops which may have been under Christmas trees. Just remember to look at the price of ink for any model you’re thinking of buying as ongoing costs can soon mount up. Department store John Lewis has £40 off the Brother MFC-J5910DWWireless colour inkjet printer. It has the benefit of Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print support so there aren’t any long setup times or messy cables to worry about. You just share a network, find the printer with your computer, tablet or smartphone, and you’re ready to print.
Happy bargain hunting.