The holiday months may be full of great sales, but not for these wishlist items.




Things Not to Buy During the Holidays

By Anjelica Tan, Reporter, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

The deals on Black Friday, Super Saturday and Cyber Monday, not to mention discounts throughout November and December, are tempting. But some potentially pricey items that may be on a family memberís holiday wish list -- or that you may be thinking of buying for yourself -- are even cheaper if you wait. Here are six items you can score better deals on before or after the holidays.

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Laptops

Most new laptop and computer models (and, this year, tablets) are released in October and November, just in time for the holidays. Retailers need to make room for the new inventory and will discount older models in late summer and early fall. If owning the most up-to-date technology isnít a top priority, then back-to-school season may be a better time to get a deal on a laptop.

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Cameras

It would be nice to give your spouse a new camera to take pictures of the kids during the holidays. But you may be able to get a better deal in February. The biggest electronic trade shows of the year happen in January and February, when new models are introduced. By late February, older camera models sell at discounts of 30% or more. Presidentsí Day weekend is an especially good time to find sales.

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Skis

You may want a new set of skis in time for a holiday ski trip, but the best deals are in March and April, as the ski season winds down and stores discount models from the past winter, says Stephen Regenold, editor of GearJunkie.com.

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Bicycles

The riding season winds down for most people as cold weather arrives, so you may think that bicycles are ripe for discounts. You're right -- if you wait until after the holiday rush. By then, discounts will be steep on older models. Shops are more likely to throw in a few extra free accessories because they are looking for business during the slow winter months. Plus, fewer customers mean youíll get more personal service.

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Cars

Forget the notion of waking up on Christmas morning to find a new car in the driveway. Instead, think New Yearís Eve (during business hours, of course) to get the best deal. Car dealers are in the mood to haggle and clear their inventory before year-end to make room for new models and earn manufacturer incentives. TrueCar, which collects automobile data, estimates prices on vehicles nationwide will average 9% below sticker price on December 31. Looking for a used car? Hold off until April for the best deals. Itís the month dealers tend to buy the most at auction, giving you the best selection.

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Cruises

Cold weather may spark thoughts of cruising through the warm seas of the Caribbean. But you can get the best deal if you wait until "wave season," from January to March, to book a summer cruise, says Jaime Freedman, of TravelZoo, a travel Web site. Youíll find an onslaught of deals as cruise lines compete for customers. Rising airfares have made cruises, with their all-inclusive pricing, increasingly enticing, says Freedman.

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