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Do sales influence when you start your festive season shopping?

How early is too early for Christmas shopping? Are you a planner or a last minuter? Do you take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, even Boxing Day sales, to purchase your Xmas loot? Do the sales encourage you to buy? Reply

    Last reply: 20th Nov 2019 / 21 replies / Post by Jord74

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aunty gran

Posted by: aunty gran
Posted: 9th Nov 2019

aunty gran says: Sales do not really influence my shopping prior to the Christmas period but they do throughout the year when l buy all my presents prior to xmas utilising the stock take sales. Reply

sucharitha31622150

Posted by: sucharitha31622150
Posted: 14th Nov 2019

sucharitha31622150 says: Yes definitely Reply

Em_1405

Posted by: Em_1405
Posted: 14th Nov 2019

Em_1405 says: It’s NEVER too early for Christmas shopping! If you come across something during the year that would be a good Christmas present for someone, then you should just buy it! Then you won’t have to spend as much money all in one month, you won’t be in a rush to choose something and you won’t have to deal with the crazy crowds at the shopping centres. This is excellent advice I received many years ago but have never actually used. I leave it all to the last minute and end up going to the major shopping centres at 3am when they have the 33-hour non-stop trade. Every year I promise that I won’t leave it for future-me to deal with, but I do. I used to work in a book store and we did Boxing Day sales, except it wasn’t really a sale. We just changed the advertisement theme from Christmas sales, to Boxing Day sales, to New Year sales …but none of our books ever went on sale, except for the damaged ones…which were always on sale. Now I have trust issues when it comes to sales… Reply

lisasimson

Posted by: lisasimson
Posted: 14th Nov 2019

lisasimson says: How early is too early for Christmas shopping? I don't think it's ever really too early! For example, if you happened to spot a bargain on boxing Day the year before and it was appropriate to keep the gift hidden/ put away until then.. Why not? I think you could potentially also keep your eye on bargaind the whole year, of you wanted to. I think most people tend to buy their gifts in bulk.

Are you a planner or a last minuter? Do you take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, even Boxing Day sales, to purchase your Xmas loot? Yes.. more of a last minute buyer! I'm lazy and wait for the best possible bargains. Having said that, I don't buy many gifts at Christmas..5-10. otherwise I put in for gifts with others.

Do the sales encourage you to buy? Yes, for sure.. But usually for myself! I don't buy many gifts for others online (where lots of good deals are) because they tend to be more expensive items. Cheaper, Smaller items and gift cards are just easier to buy instore. Buying instore means you can find some random super cheap markdownss, and I'm all about the deals. I find out about lots of them from the Ozbargain site! Reply

lisa170

Posted by: lisa170
Posted: 14th Nov 2019

lisa170 says: Not at all. I tend to buy presents throughout the year when I see stuff at a good price. Reply

renee2786

Posted by: renee2786
Posted: 14th Nov 2019

renee2786 says: I dont think there is such as thing as too early definitely such a thing as too late but never too early I find organisation is the key to a stress free and seamless xmas when it comes to presents and food etc sales definitely encourage me to hunt down and buy a bargain which ends up not only saving me money but time as well which is a bonus I love a good sale Reply

Jia31637989

Posted by: Jia31637989
Posted: 14th Nov 2019

Jia31637989 says: Sometimes. It depends on how much the discount is. Reply

Allison 31948340

Posted by: Allison 31948340
Posted: 15th Nov 2019

Allison 31948340 says: There tends to be sales throughout the whole year so I purchase throughout the year. This for me gives me the item I want at a better price rather than spending all my money in one month leading up to Christmas for gifts. Reply

Kiki Chiki

Posted by: Kiki Chiki
Posted: 15th Nov 2019

Kiki Chiki says: it doesn't influence me at all. as others below have said, sales are often fake and not real savings at all. i just try to get the best deal for the small amount of presents i do buy. i don't buy much as i don't have many people to buy for. Reply

mandymoo9

Posted by: mandymoo9
Posted: 16th Nov 2019

mandymoo9 says: It is never too early to start Christmas shopping, whenever I see something that would be the perfect gift from someone I buy it and pick it away til Christmas. I am certainly a planner, I hate being unorganised and will always write down who I need to buy for, ideas to get them and do my homework before going out to the shops so I know exactly where to go. I don't particularly take advantage of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Box Day sales, if I see something then I will buy it but I don't go out of my way to shop these sales for my Christmas presents. Sales do encourage me to buy because I always like to get whatever I am buying at the cheapest price. Reply

Ziah

Posted by: Ziah
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

Ziah says: The only thing that influences when I shop is when hubby gets paid. Full stop. Stores can have all the sales they want, but no money means no purchases...I have no income of my own, so things like AfterPay/ZipPay are out of the question. Reply

bluey42

Posted by: bluey42
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

bluey42 says: No not really there are sales during the year I don't shop on boxing day Reply

elliottgaming

Posted by: elliottgaming
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

elliottgaming says: No not really. If I have a certain product in mind, I will check out to see if the product is on sale but I normally search for the best price anyway. Reply

ellyg

Posted by: ellyg
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

ellyg says: Sales are the best time to buy gifts for either yourself or others as the prices are slashed and you can grab some great deals. However wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales as I always score myself the electrical tech bargains. Use the internet to search for great prices and compare products before the Black Friday sales then you know exactly what your looking for and grab the right bargain. Also shop earlier then leaving it last minute for Christmas shopping, this causes more stress and less running around,, Happy shopping all. Reply

ellyg

Posted by: ellyg
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

ellyg says: Sales are the best time to buy gifts for either yourself or others as the prices are slashed and you can grab some great deals. However wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales as I always score myself the electrical tech bargains. Use the internet to search for great prices and compare products before the Black Friday sales then you know exactly what your looking for and grab the right bargain. Also shop earlier then leaving it last minute for Christmas shopping, this causes more stress and less running around,, Happy shopping all. Reply

K13

Posted by: K13
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

K13 says: I am not made of money so sales are very important to my gift purchasing.
I have a list of all the people I want to buy for.
I purchase gifts throughout the year (starting in January) when they are on sale or are a clearance item. I bring home the gift, wrap it up and put a tag on it and then write next to the person's name on my list what I purchased for them. It is never too early to start purchasing gifts and it is better to spend $30 every few weeks rather than $1000 all at once.
I like to be organised and don't like to have unnecessary stress and Christmas never stresses me because gifts are always done well in advance.

With the money that I save by purchasing clearance or sale items, I donate it to The Wayside Chapel's "Donate a Plate" appeal so that homeless people can be included on Christmas Day. More info here if you are interested https://donate.waysidechapel.org.au/event/donate-a-plate It is a great gift for someone that has everything, you can give the relative/friend a certificate that says a homeless person is not lonely today because of them.

I am not a fan of the crowds you get at Christmas. I worked at Kmart for several years and the amount of people who were shopping on Xmas eve was unbelievable! I don't want to miss out on a present for someone so always buy in advance.
TIP FOR ALL: don't turn up at kmart at 8pm on 24 december and expect to purchase a bike and have it assembled for you there and then. It doesn't work that way :D

Merry Christmas in advance to all the Cafe Study staff and members :)

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Virginia30241277

Posted by: Virginia30241277
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

Virginia30241277 says: No as I start buying for the next Christmas on the Boxing Day of the previous year. Sales are useful tools for my Christmas shopping but they don't dictate when I shop or what I buy. Reply

RelicGirl

Posted by: RelicGirl
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

RelicGirl says: Ideally when it gets to this time of year I wish I’d been more organised and frugal and taken advantage of big sales throughout the year. As it stands now I’m weary at year end and will struggle for motivation and time to complete (or start) my Christmas shopping. Reply

the rack

Posted by: the rack
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

the rack says: Absolutely. That’s a resounding YES from me. Reply

Yafffy

Posted by: Yafffy
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

Yafffy says: Not really as I don't celebrate Christmas. If there's something I need and it is on sale, then that will influence me. Reply

snakelady

Posted by: snakelady
Posted: 20th Nov 2019

snakelady says: No sales have no influence on my purchases. I purchase items throughout the year when I see something I think someone will like thats when I get it. I never go to sales before or after Christmas. Most sales have limited items for sale then you only have more expensive items left.
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