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Next, John Lewis Christmas Sales 2013 - All High Street Start Dates

Personal_Finance / Shopping Dec 22, 2013 - 05:31 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Personal_Finance

It's Christmas! That means a month long media induced buying frenzy for the masses to engage in as sales fever pitch reaches its maximum intensity in the run up to Boxing Day. However, a word of caution as this is NOT 2008 when many retailers were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy that would claim many such as Woolworth's and Comet, and thus were panicked into real deep discounts to quickly offload stock to improve their cash-flows. Instead, now we have a strong UK economic recovery underway that is resulting in an highly engineered sales season which started off with over inflated prices calculated to generated discounts of as much as 75% so that items can still be sold for a hefty profit.


So, as you engage in the sales frenzy bare in mind that less than 15% of the goods on sale are actually being sold at real discounts to prices of several months ago or that old stock that the retailers have not been able to shift for some time that would have been destined for the clearance outlets and finally charity shops has been first dusted down for the sales shelves.

As ever the big name sales that most shoppers eagerly anticipate such as Next and John Lewis will kick off their sales online from Christmas Eve and in store from boxing day (full details below).

To further lubricate the sales season many credit card firms have been liberally stuffing household letterboxes with offers of 0% on purchases for 6-12 months that many borrowers may come to regret once their 0% periods expire with even longer borrowing terms for balance transfers with their associated one off fees.

The following is a list of in-store and online sales (unless otherwise indicated) for at least 30% off with many retailers advertising sales of upto 75% off, though bear in mind that it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between the real sales and the gimmicks sales as retailers tend to promote multiple 50% off sales during the Christmas period, from several days to several weeks ahead of their REAL sales.

SALES ALREADY IN PROGRESS or Starting Today - 22nd Dec 2013

Expect the shops to be full to bursting point today (22nd December) as the sales season of 2013 enters its third day where most high street stores have already started sales, though in many cases the REAL sales are still pending.

  • Asos - online sale only - Upto 50% off
  • Argos upto 50% off on Toys
  • BHS - Upto 50% off
  • Boden - Online only - Upto 70% off
  • Clarks - Upto 50% off
  • Dorothy Perkins - Upto 50% off
  • Debenhams - Limited - Upto 50% off
  • GAP - 60% on selected items.
  • IKEA - Upto 33% off
  • Habitat - Limited products upto 50% off
  • House of Fraser - Toys only - Upto 75% off
  • Homebase - Upto 50% off
  • H&M - Upto 70% off
  • New Look - Upto 60% off
  • Next Clearance Sale on selected items Upto 50% off
  • Sainbury's - Upto 60% off Technology
  • Marks and Spencer - Knitwear - 30%
  • Matalan - Upto 50% off
  • Top Shop - Upto 50% off
  • Wallis - Upto 50% off

Check back for the Market Oracle's latest article update.

SALES Starting 23rd Dec

  • Laura Ashley
  • Oasis
  • TK Maxx
  • Toys R Us
  • Very.co.uk - Upto 70% off
  • WH Smith

SALES Starting Christmas Eve - Tuesday 24th Dec

  • Argos - Extends Discounts to 75% off online from midnight.
  • Boots - online only
  • B&Q
  • John Lewis 50% off sale - Online only from 5pm
  • Halfords - Online only.
  • Homebase - Online only.
  • Harrods - Online only from 6pm
  • Harvey Nichols - Online
  • Debenhams - Online only.
  • House of Fraser - Online only
  • Marks and Spencer Online from 5pm
  • NEXT - Online only from 3pm
  • PC World / Curry's - Online only from 7pm
  • Toys R Us - online only.

SALES Starting Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th Dec

SALES Starting Boxing Day - Thursday 26th Dec

  • Asda
  • Banana Republic
  • Body Shop
  • Boots
  • Debenhams
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • French Connection
  • GAP
  • Habitat
  • John Lewis 50% off sale - In store from 8am
  • Harrods
  • Homebase
  • House of Fraser
  • Liberty
  • Matalan
  • Monsoon - At least 30% off
  • New Look
  • PC World / Curry's
  • Next - In store starts 6am.
  • Toys R Us
SALES Starting Friday 27th Dec

SALES Tips

  • Compare prices on your internet smartphone before buying.
  • The biggest reductions come towards the end of the sales season, i.e. Christmas stock can go from 33% off to 50% off to 70% off to 80% off over the week after Christmas.
  • Use a cash back credit card such as Capital One Circle to earn cash back.
  • Make a list of items that you really need to prevent buying of junk.
  • Look for discount vouchers in newspapers.
  • Look for discounts vouchers online, many sites and app's have sprung up over the year.
  • Set yourself a budget and don't go over it.
  • Don't get into debt, there is no point saving 25% in the sales then paying 25% and beyond interest on purchases during 2014!
  • And the best discounts can be found on Ebay during January as people offload unwanted gifts and purchases to pay down Christmas debt.

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