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Post Christmas shopping underway including holiday gift return
NEWSCHANNEL 3 - Shoppers all over the country are ready to make a mad dash for returns and post-holiday deals on Thursday.
Experts say if you use a little strategy in your shopping these next few weeks, you could save big.
The best sales throughout the day on Thursday will be for clothes.
Many mall stores, like the Gap and Banana Republic, make huge markdowns, often on items that are already on sale.
If you're looking to buy high-ticket electronics, you may want to wait a few weeks.
New TV models get announced at the Consumer Electronics show in January and retailers will want to move out the older versions before the Super Bowl.
New Years' Day is the best time to buy furniture, since new furniture lines come out in February.
It's also one of the biggest days of the year for bed sales, as mattress companies slash prices in an effort to piggyback off furniture sales.
And if you're in need of a new car, wait until December 31st.
Experts say dealers are trying to meet year-end goals and are more likely to offer the best possible deal then.
If you're not looking to buy anything new and instead need to make some returns, make sure you read the fine print on your gift receipts before you head to the stores.
Some things like video games and movies cannot be returned once you open them.
And often electronics carry a re-stocking fee.