Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day or 4th of July Sales and Specials

Happy Independence Day Common Cents readers!  Today besides being Independence Day also has some of the best sales of the year.  A partial list:

The Best 4th of July Sales

  • Lenovo: Up to 31% off laptops and desktops
  • Details: Although we've seen slightly higher overall discounts in recent Lenovo sales, this one has produced significant deals on Haswell-equipped systems, such as the Lenovo Z40 Intel Haswell Core i5 2.6GHz 14" Laptop for $599, which is $150 off list price. Prices are as marked and all orders receive free shipping. Sale ends July 6.
  • Newegg: Up to 80% off electronics
  • Details: Save on PC hardware, peripherals, audio components, small appliances, and sundry electronics. With free shipping on most items, it's among the deepest discounts we've seen from Newegg since Memorial Day. Deal ends July 8 at 3 am ET.
  • Best Buy: Electronics discounted
  • Details: From TVs to computers, Best Buy's sale offers a diverse set of price lows. The Apple iMac Intel Core i5 2.7GHz 21.5" Desktop got an Editors' Choice nod from us, as it's $196 under our April mention and $119 less than what Apple charges. Sale ends July 5.
  • H&M: Items for $4 each
  • Details: No codes to redeem here, just select apparel, accessories, and home items marked down to $4 each. It's the first single-price sale we've seen from H&M. Shipping adds a flat $5.95.
  • Ashford: Up to 90% off watches and jewelry
  • Details: Watches take center stage in this killer sale. The Hamilton Men's Khaki Action Automatic Watch, for example, is a $58 price low at $391.50. Discounted prices are as marked and everything gets free shipping. Sale ends July 7.
  • Musician's Friend: Up to 92% off musical instruments and accessories
  • Details: This sale beats our Black Friday mention, which only took up to 88% off. Click the "Hot Buys" tab and then the "Doorbusters" banner to see these discounts. Most orders bag free shipping. Sale ends July 7.
  • Canon: Up to 50% off refurb lensesup to 25% off refurb cameras
  • Details: Each of these refurbs comes with a 1-year Canon warranty, adding even more value to already exceptional deals like the refurbished Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, a $95 price low at $268.79. Prices are as marked and everything ships for free. Deal ends July 5.
More Independence Day Sales (4th of July Sales)
One Nation Under Gaming
We've never recommended the 4th of July as a great gaming holiday before, but our data doesn't lie: over the past two years, there was a noticeable bump in video game deals around Independence Day. In fact, of all the gaming deals we saw around July 4th last year, an astounding 43% were hot enough to be marked Editors' Choice.
The best deals we saw were for consoles, console games, and console accessories — sorry PC gamers, but this isn't your scene. (Don't worry though, you're growing in numbers at least.) Predictably, the Microsoft StoreXbox Live, and the PlayStation Network played host to some of the most popular sales, but Newegg and Best Buy had a larger concentration of great individual deals. For example, last year Newegg offered a Turtle Beach headset for free after rebate, an all-time price low that still stands to this day.
Hot Deals on Summer FashionIn the mood to pick up some cool new summer clothes and accessories? You're in luck! For many retailers, the 4th of July holiday marks the official start of the summer apparel clearance season. This means shoppers can grab the best summer garb while it's actually still appropriate to wear, and often at steep discounts.
During last year's 4th of July sales, merchants like Backcountry,J.Crew Factory, and New York & Company took up to 80% off select merchandise. Even better, many stores offered stacking coupons that further reduced prices by up to 40%. In fact, some stores like ExpressMen's Wearhouse, and Ann Taylor Loft even slashed an extra 50% to 60% off their sale prices, just for good measure. Many of these discounts will feature final sale items, which means you should be honest about whether the clothes will fit your body and style.
Take Your Pick on the Patio (But Leave the Grills)Remember that incredibly long winter that we were still talking about in April? Well, stores like TargetSears, and Walmart must, because these retailers have been dying to sell some patio furniture ever since the thermostats started climbing out of the basement. We normally say you should wait until August or September to pick out some new patio furniture, but we've seen non-stop garden savings this summer.
As such, we're giving you an early green light to shop for outdoor items. In years past, the merchants above have only taken up to 49% off patio furniture at most during 4th of July sales. However, we already saw discounts of up 50% off plus stacking coupons in June, so we're expecting even better deals during the holiday.
While you're decorating your patio, it's only natural to think about taking home a new grill. However, we think you should ignore this temptation. Over the last two years we saw a large quantity of grill deals around Independence Day, but these discounts have historically left much to be desired. Last year, less than 8% of July 4 grill deals were good enough to be marked Editors' Choice. These summer items will only get cheaper as the season comes to a close, so a little bit of patience could pay off. For example, last year around the 4th of July we saw a 1-day sale for a Char-broil 2-burner gas grill from Sears. The very next week, that grill went on sale again — for $9 less.
Avoid the Lure of Large AppliancesHoliday sales tend to be associated with large appliances, even though no human being has ever actually wanted to spend their holiday dragging something heavy home from a store. We're going to go ahead and let you off the hook this time, though: 4th of July sales are an awful time to buy an appliance. Of all the washers, dryers, stoves, etc. that we saw in 2012 and 2013 Independence Day sales, only 9% were marked Editors' Choice.
To put that in perspective, about 18% of all the appliance deals we've seen in the past two years were hot enough to be marked Editors' Choice. For what it's worth, the best holiday sales for these big-ticket items won't happen until November and December, when Black Friday and pre-Christmas sales send prices dropping across the board.
This 4th of July, whether you celebrate by setting off fireworks or reciting the Declaration of Independence, be sure to take time to revel in the deals. Trust us, our nation's forefathers loved a bargain, too! 

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