Rick was the latest reader to write in asking about end-of-season tool deals, and I figured my response might be of interest to others. Please chime in with your opinions!
Do you see any last minute price drops before christmas?
How about after christmas sales?
Looking at woodworking – carpenter type tools.
At this time, retailers are mostly looking to offload their holiday tool inventory, such as all those “special buys” they stocked up on. This typically continues after Christmas as well.
A lot of retailers have rolling sales, but a lot of the time they’re limited time deals on last-minute gift ideas and the types of tools and accessories people didn’t realize they needed/wanted.
For woodworking tools, Lee Valley *might* have another free shipping event in early January. Other woodworking suppliers will probably have regular sales, but nothing predictable.
Promotions always seem to slow down after Christmas, but there are always some sales here and there to entice customers eager to spend fresh gift cards.
Amazon’s $10 off $50 and $25 off $100+ discounts are still good bargains for different brands of general hand tools and power tools. Now is a good time to buy trim routers, router combos, accessories, dovetail jigs, and those types of tools. [I mentioned these tool types specifically since Rick was asking about carpentry-focused woodworking tools.]
You might also want to save up some funds in case you’re close to a Woodworking Show. You can sometimes find some nice deals there, and the power tool sales reps might be willing to flex on pricing.
I checked my own expenditures logs, and January thru April is always a slow time for me. If I can wait, I plan bigger purchases around June and December. Certain brands, such as Festool, aren’t ever on sale.
Does anyone else have observations or recommendations they can make about end-of-year sales?