What do luggage, cycling, DSLR and Android have in common?
For consumers, March brings a wide-variety of savings opportunities as winter clearance/end-of season sales usher in Spring sales. For retailers, it’s all about moving inventory by pricing warmwear/outerwear low enough to sell and make room for spring fashion. Ditto for outdoor sports gear, and last year’s electronics and mobile devices (the ones without the Apple logo). This is especially true this year for 4K TVs, Android smartphones, wearables, smart home tech and wireless audio gadgets.
The second half of march prompts early savings and prime selection during annual Spring Fashion Deals, tax refund sales offer 0% financing on bigger-ticket expenses like the newest outdoor patio furniture sets and grills, and fresh home interiors like rugs and window treatments. We’ll also see the start of summer vacation booking incentives and huge annual luggage clearance. Here are 5 ways to save big if you know What to Buy in March.
Smartphone Deals: Following the Mobile World Congress comes news of the new mobile devices coming available this year–some sooner than others (pre-order of Samsung Galaxy S7 series devices that include free Gear VR Bundles and gift card incentives). Announcements of new Android phones, tablets, wearables, software and accessories are the theme with virtual reality technology stealing the show. What does that mean for consumers? Anticipation of pre-order drop dates, and a steady stream of clearance on 2015 Android mobile tech, starting…NOW! Expect a fire sale of last year’s Android-based models as cell phone brands, and carriers, scramble to move older inventory via a captive audience during the heavily watched March Madness. Consumers who haven’t upgraded in the last year can save $100s on Samsung Galaxy 6 phones, LG G4, Lumia 950, older smartwatches and 2015 Lenovo Ideapads and Yoga’s this month.
Electronics Deals: Prices continue to drop on various consumer electronics as new 2016 models move into retail inventory, including 2015 4K TV deals get pushed to clearance following Super Bowl sales. Many at lowest prices ever, including a LG 60″ 4K 120Hz model for $879.99 (was $1,999). Shoppers can expect to save as much as 50% on quality consumer electronics from major retailers featuring deals on wireless tech such as streaming media devices, bluetooth devices, wearables, smart home tech and clearance pricing on accessories/cables at online tech stores like Newegg, Parts Express and Monoprice. For similar inventory reasons, camera enthusiasts know this is a great month to grab deep discounts on last year’s DSLR camera’s form top brands like Canon and Nikon, with even better deals on refurbished camera bodies, zoom lenses and smaller point-n-shoot camera models.
Winter Clothing Clearance: Cold weather apparel prices melt down this month as inventory space gives way to spring fashion deals. Top brand outerwear from stores like REI, Patagonia, Columbia and Land’s End can be found at outlet prices, 50-80% off quality thermals, pullovers, coats, boots and high performance outdoor apparel. Big box retailers extend season ending clearance sales for the home and closet (Target currently offering up to 60% off and Macy’s up to 75% off), as well as spring shoe deals featuring up to 50% off a variety of running shoe deals from stores like FinishLine, New Balance Outlet and Nike.
Outdoor Sporting Gear: Winter sports equipment and accessories hit clearance all month long, including some of the lowest prices of the year on skis, hockey, hunting and ice-fishing gear. Last year’s bicycles and accessories see heavy discounting to make way for newer 2016 models. Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other stores will feature big March Madness sales on collegiate wear, as well as spring sports gear and apparel for golfers, cyclists, runners and NFL pre-draft and MLB pre-season merchandise.
Travel Deals: Last minute Spring Break packages and March Madness hotel deals trend early this month. Late March launches the beginning of early summer vacation deals, hotel discounts and car rental specials as proactive summer vacation bookers look to take advantage of early summer travel deals that offer first come options on location, seat selection and lucrative early-bird specials and inclusions. Luggage deals are a huge trends this month, offering shoppers some of the best savings of the year on rollers and luggage sets, rivaling Black Friday prices.