Best Time to Buy Appliances

While shopping for big or small appliances, many of us want to buy them as soon as they hit the showroom floors. There are times when we require a particular item for the kitchen and it becomes inconvenient to work with the older appliance. This means, making an expense during the year which you really don’t want to. However, if it is unavoidable, this expense will be made. The stores need to make room for the new appliances and hence, keep selected last year’s models on sale. But what if September and October are far away and you wish to purchase an appliance now. You can still minimize your expenses and get a good deal year-round. How, you ask? Read the following factors that may affect your decision.

Search Internet for Affordable Deals

Always, without fail, conduct an online search. Many a time, you may or may not be aware of amazing discounts or special offers in certain departmental stores. And when you are properly informed, you can easily decide where to begin.

When you begin an online research, you can get a better perspective on the prices that are offered in the stores and on specific websites. You can browse through a wide range of variety in appliances, big and small, to make a conformed decision. Plus, you’re saving driving and browsing time at the store itself. There are many websites dedicated on marketing diverse range of prices, product quality, and selection. Although, you may be one of those shoppers who prefers a walk-in store as compared to the virtual one; however, giving online shopping a try won’t hurt. With busy lifestyles and work/home responsibilities, you can buy appliances any time of the year. Another advantage on finalizing your bargains online is, you save on browsing time at the store, get a better price deal, and you can pick up the appliance(s) from the store to save on their shipping fees.

Look for Promotions/Trials

Another way to begin your search or further help reduce the price is to look for promotions and advertisements in local newspapers and departmental stores. Many retailers have promotions on certain appliances all year around, which you can cash in on. Keeping such promos in mind, you can hold off on the purchase till the stores come up with the bargain prices.

Without the promos, it is very difficult to find the best deals. You don’t want to end up paying extra for things you can buy in lesser amounts. While you’re searching for your desired item(s), you can sign up for e-mail alerts and keep newspaper advertisements for updates. If you have a particular manufacturer that you like and trust regarding certain appliances, then you can also sign up for mail-in rebates from their websites. Special promotions in holiday months can save you hundreds of dollars in making your purchases. Keep printouts of good deals and coupons to avail low-price offers. Trust me, you will get so used to this technique that doing shopping any other way will feel out of place.

Exchange Your Old Appliance

While understanding when to purchase appliances, you should keep the independent retailers in mind as well. With big showrooms and retail giants, narrow aisles and long lines on the checkout stands can become a frustrating way to make your purchases.

And when it’s the holiday season, then you’ve got more than money to think about. Instead of all that hassle, why not eliminate all of that and go through a different route. Many a time, independent retailers offer better deals on smaller appliances and also provide good customer satisfaction/service. And if you do find a good deal at the major stores, try shopping on weekdays and early mornings during weekends so that you won’t have to wait in long lines (avoid the crowd). Try to avoid unnecessary addition, monetary or otherwise, to your appliance shopping. You are not only trying to cut down on your expenses here; you are trying to make the most of it.

Take Warranties Only When Required

How long do you think any appliance can last; 1 year… 2 years… 5? Many appliances don’t necessarily break or get damaged within the warranty period promised by the retailers. But some retailers have made it a point to intimidate or scare the shoppers in believing that they need the extended warranty. So you pay an average of US $150 for that extended warranty or service contract which is actually not necessary.

Now I am not saying that don’t look into the whole warranty program. My point here is, understand when you do require a warranty on the appliances and when you can do without them. While shopping, don’t completely rely on the salespeople. They may be good at what they do, but believing them 100% can mean you paying a whole lot more. Also, the salesperson sometimes doesn’t even make the terms and conditions clear for the shoppers to make a conformed decision. So why not just stick with the warranty that already comes with purchasing those appliances and not pay extra (where you don’t necessarily require).

After understanding and reviewing all the factors, you can very well determine when is the best time. Think before you shop. Don’t fall for the hidden costs and don’t just jump on the first option you get. Expand your search. And while you are thinking of making a new purchase, it will be before the older appliances stop functioning. If you make the mistake of waiting too long, you will end up paying more than you should due of desperation. One more tiny factor in buying any new appliances, keep an eye for energy-saving appliances. This way, you will end up using less energy and your monthly savings will increase.