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Forum topic by paxorion posted 12-21-2013 09:29 PM 3445 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2013 09:29 PM

I’m curious if anyone has any tips on when the best time of a given year is to buy tools (power or hand), either online or from a brick and mortar store. In the past few years, I’ve noticed that best sales I’ve seen occurs in the week leading up to Fathers Day, and in November between Black Friday and Christmas. Are there any other sales that I might be missing?

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 10:00 PM

Quick clamps have been about 1/2 price at Lowes and Home depot this time of year for the past two years. I suspect they are again this year. I have all I want now.

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 10:05 PM

Sign up for email sales from Rockler and other WW suppliers. They run special buys and sales a lot. Just got an email about this a couple days ago.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 10:06 PM

For big ticket items, after the new year seems to be when stores have surplus that they hoped to sell for Christmas, but didn’t. The stores stock up for the holidays.

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 10:12 PM

That’s basically it. June with father’s day and the start of summer so HD and Lowes have their sales, and then the feeding frenzy formerly known as Christmas. If you buy from some of the big online parts stores though – like Enco and MSC and let them send you email you will be blessed with special sale days, weeks and months devoted to a particular type of item. And of course there is Harbor Freight with the omnipresent 20% off coupon.
Register all your tools when you buy them and the company will bless you with all sorts of coupons throughout the year.
February is a great month for Craigslist. Everyone who gets a new toy in December will post their old one for sale starting on the 26th. George Carlin Syndrome (GCS*) will make them ask 99% or more of retail. But by February they start to see the light and the prices will come plummeting.

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 10:27 PM

Usually the best time to buy something is 30 days after I have bought the item.

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#6 posted 12-22-2013 12:49 AM

I always buy tool when I see a need for them.

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#7 posted 12-22-2013 01:32 AM

You should be aware that manufacturers ship “special” models
of power tools for selling at discount in the holidays.
I have seen lower quality chucks, lower capacity batteries
and stuff like that. Compare specs carefully if you’re
buying a promo model as it isn’t always easy to
discern it from the regular premium model. Bosch
does this with 18v drill/drivers and other makers too
I am sure.

I suspect auction selling prices of used hand tools sag a
bit in January and February.

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#8 posted 12-22-2013 01:45 AM

The best deals will be on CL. Guys getting new stuff for Christmas, dumping their old stuff; bout mid January.

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