The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a big time for sales, with retailers offering some big incentives to get people out for the post-holiday season.
This year is no exception, with most major stores rolling out deals on everything from clothing to electronics to house goods.
As Refinery 29 noted, most stores are careful in how they present these deals. This year, retailers have been branding them as “mid-season sales” instead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day sales, even though they coincide with the federal holiday honoring the late Civil Rights leader.
“Obviously, honoring and remembering MLK should be done in ways that don’t involve a credit card,” the report noted. “With that in mind, if you’re aiming to spend this weekend, these are the discounts you’re probably looking for.”
That is the case with Target, which is offering some of its lowest prices on certain flat-screen televisions (which can be found here) though staying away from mentions of King. Best Buy is another one with big deals, including 25 percent off select HDTVs as well as 60 percent off clearance items. Walmart also has some big deals, including deals on exercise equipment for those who has stuck to their New Year’s resolutions (full deals can be found here).
The MLK Day sales also coincide with one of the best time of year for shopping on a range of items. January is often one of the slower months of the year for retail, as cold weather often keeps people inside more often. But shoppers can often find big clearance deals from outlets looking to get people buying again after the holiday ends.
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As LifeHacker noted, January is the best time of year for shopping on clothing, with many stores slashing prices to get rid of excess holiday merchandise. The report added that carpeting and flooring also goes on sale in January, as do Broadway tickets.
The report added that furniture is another good pickup for January.
- Furniture: Different furniture is better at different times of the year (and we’ve noted examples in this guide), but January is a great general clearance time, since most furniture companies release new products twice a year: in February and August. That means they’ll be giving some sweet deals in January to make room for the new products next month. [FurnitureBrains, Bankrate, Dealnews]
While these are some general shopping guidelines, there are also plenty of specific deals to find on MLK Day, and over the course of the next week as well. Here is a rundown of some of the biggest Martin Luther King Day sales (via Enstarz).
American Eagle: The online shopping code PILEITON gives shoppers 25 percent off five or more items, 20 percent off four items, and 15 percent off of three items.
Bath and Body Works: Shoppers can get up to 75 percent off during the Semi-Annual Sale
The Disney Store: Online code ROAR can give shoppers an extra 25 percent off already-reduced and full-price items
GAP: Shoppers get up to 75 percent off during the Winter Sale
JC Penney: Code JANSAVE gives shoppers 25 percent off a purchase of $100 when using a JC Penney card, or 20 percent off with any other method of payment
Many of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day sales will extend on beyond this weekend to the rest of the week, and in some cases will last for much of the month. Retail experts note that January is one of the best times for electronics purchases, with deals rolling out after the the International Consumer Electronics Show in January and continuing for things like flat-screen televisions, which are big as the Super Bowl gets closer.
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