The after Christmas 2015 sales are about to start, and Target is offering some of the deepest discounts on electronics and furniture since Black Friday.
The week after Christmas has become an important time for retailers, with stores offering incentives to customers to spend their gift cards and exchange unwanted gifts for new stuff. Target will open at 7 a.m. on December 26 to take advantage of the post-Christmas rush, offering discounts on a number of items.
Some of the biggest price cuts will be on Christmas items, with 50 percent off on holiday decorations. Shoppers willing to wait will get 75 percent off starting on December 29.
Al.com noted some of the other items on sale at Target’s 2015 after Christmas sale.
- Vizio 50-inch Class 2160 UHD Full Array 4K LED Smart TV – $629.99, regularly $899.99
- Apple Watch – $399 with free $100 gift card
- Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set Bundle – $275.99, regularly $299.99
- I Robot Roomba 650 vacuum cleaner – $339.99, regularly $399.99
- Save 15 percent when you spend $125 on furniture and decor
The after Christmas 2015 sales at Target aren’t limited to what’s on the shelves. The retailer is participating in a program to let people trade in their unwanted gift cards for ones that fit better with their liking. Target Corp. has been offering the program for about the last month, instituting it without much fanfare.
“We know guests sometimes have unwanted or unused gift cards and [we] want to give them a convenient option to put those unused dollars toward shopping at Target,” said Kristy Welker, a Target spokeswoman, in an interview with the Star Tribune.
Customers who want to take advantage of this aspect of Target’s after Christmas sale will be able to bring their gift cards to the mobile phone counter in the store’s electronics department, where an employee can give them an offer for a lesser amount based on the resale value of the card. This means that a $100 Walmart gift card will be worth an $85 Target card instead, the retailer noted.
The program won’t be available everywhere, but is in about 1,500 of the company’s 1,800 total stores.
More information on the gift card exchange program can be found here.
Retail experts say that the after Christmas sales can offer some of the best deals of the entire season, but they have to know what to look for.
For example, while Target has some deals on flat-screen televisions, many outlets won’t have electronics on sale again until later in January, with the deepest discounts coming just before the Super Bowl. As Kiplinger noted, there will be an influx of new technology early on in the new year.
“For example, every January the latest tech gadgets and products are unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s then that retailers will begin to slash prices on the previous generation of electronics to make room for the newer versions about to hit the market.”
Others warn against buying luxury brands, which may not have as much incentive to drop prices.
“The great buys are on the after-Christmas wear, the coats, the hats and boots will be marked down considerably,” said Melissa Martin, spokeswoman for BlackFriday.com. “But stay away from those luxury coat brands, like North Face, because those [prices] usually don’t go down regardless.”
Target is not the only outlet offering big after Christmas sales in 2015. The International Business Times compiled a list of some of the biggest deals, including up to 25 percent off appliances at Best Buy, up to 65 percent off clearance items at Macy’s, and $50 off a Netbook eight-inch tablet at Walmart.
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A full list of the after Christmas 2015 sales from other retailers can be found here.
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