The day after Christmas is a day of relief for many people, and I’m one of those people. The gifts have been opened and the reactions have been mentally recorded. The anxiety of shopping for the last minute Christmas gifts finally fades away. The memories of the days leading up to Christmas have all but faded away already. Once you realize there’s no other rush-like shopping to do until the next major holiday is around the corner, it’s time to think about how to take advantage of the situation.
The After-Christmas Sales
More than anything, this is a reminder to find out if something you want is on sale right now. The stores overstocked for Christmas shopping and I guarantee you that a lot of them have excess inventory to get rid of. I don’t know which ones are having the after-Christmas sales, but I’m sure I could find out in short order.
The online retailers, which don’t have brick and mortar counterparts, aren’t likely to be having this kind of sale going on unless they’re just trying to take advantage of what those brick and mortar stores are doing. On the other hand, it’s likely that those which do will have a sale at their online stores to coincide with the real world stores.
This is where you have to be careful. There are a few unscrupulous retailers that will inflate the original prices, listing a sale price next to those prices, and the sale price is actually the normal price. It’s a good idea to have an idea of what the normal price ranges for certain products are during the non-holiday periods.
If you’re lucky, you can save some extra money on refurbished products and product returns. In fact, the product returns will probably have the best values attached to their prices. Repackaging returns is time-consuming if it’s even done. The big stores wouldn’t suffer much by not selling off this inventory while the small stores would benefit tremendously.
Peace and Tranquility
The days in the Philippines leading up to Christmas are filled with unwanted noise and people looking for handouts by preying on generous holiday spirits, along with everything else. The period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve stays relatively quiet and calm compared to those two days and the week preceding Christmas.
Unlike the retail counterparts here to those in the US, it’s unlikely there are any after-Christmas sales at all (except maybe in metro Manila) and I am unwilling to travel around to find out. Also unlike the US retail counterparts, they don’t advertise sales on television very often. To find a sale taking place, I would have to literally travel to the areas where all the stores are and that’s just too much traveling for me.
No, instead of causing more headaches for myself, I always look forward to a few days of peace and tranquility – the calm before the storm, so to speak.
[Originally published in December, 2010]