Buying at Christmas

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Buying at Christmas

Postby odelay1 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 14:01 pm

I'm looking at purchasing a hardtail mountain bike. I've had a good look online. My next step is to test a few out at a few shops.

I'm not in a major hurry to buy straight away, so I'm just seeing whether there are usually good deals on just after Christmas in the sales? I know there are discounts now as new bikes get released but just enquiring if anyone knows if really good offers happened in previous Christmas'?

Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby njee20 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 14:13 pm

No deals at Christmas, it's all the new models by then as you say. Now is the best time if you can find what you're after.

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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sat Oct 06, 2012 15:11 pm

To be honest, there are deals on pretty much all year round on bike stuff. Keep an eye on places like CRC and Merlin, On-one etc. They've almost always got a deal of some description going on.

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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:37 pm

Yep, always good deals around - just gotta keep on the look out and have the £$€ ready if you see a bargain
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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:41 pm

Can sometimes find some random steals in LBS's too! When they need to shift gear to bring in new stuff, they can drop prices loads!

Looking forward to my LBS getting new kit in, everything 'old' is going at 20-30% off!

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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby Mad_Malx » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:49 pm

Ready to be flamed here -

Halfords usually do a big discount very close to xmas (usualy Dec 26th - 30th Jan etc.).

I managed to get something like 10% off plus 5% on line order discount (collect in local store) the year before last on a Boardman Pro HT. There was a bit of a hitch (ie they ended up selling me the display model because there weren't actually any left anywhere apparently) but they threw in crudcatchers & spare inner tubes. For £850 it is an excellent bike with very good spec.

Downside is no test rides.

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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby waby1234 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 21:38 pm

I don't think that 10% with a further 5% is all that hot - I got 10% off just for asking. I'd expect even more off a display model in a sale!
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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby roverthehill » Sun Oct 07, 2012 18:24 pm

CRC usually do big discounts on this years model from now to xmas ie the 2012's.

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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby odelay1 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 19:12 pm

Thanks all for the responses.

What shop is LBS? When I put LBS into google I get no shops.

I will test out the 2-3 bikes I like and then if happy just purchase. One online shop offering over £120 off.

Just checking to see if mega deals are on over Christmas!

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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby cooldad » Sun Oct 07, 2012 19:13 pm

LBS = local bike shop.
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Re: Buying at Christmas

Postby 97th choice » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:12 pm

The way things are looking on spec, a discounted 2013 model wouldn't be as good as a 2012 model. IIRC September/October is the best time to get a deal.
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