Read on to find out what products you’re likely to see discounted this year and how much you can expect to save on after-Christmas deals.
How a Walmart After-Christmas Sale Works
The day after Christmas is one of the busiest shopping days the year and one of a retailers’ last opportunities to move massive amounts of merchandise. Christmas sale decisions are made at both the corporate level, which supplies stores with markdown lists, and at the stores themselves, based on how well the merchandise has sold so far and on inventory leading up to Christmas.
The day of the week Christmas falls on also influences markdowns. In 2016, for example, Christmas day fell on a Sunday. Perhaps due to people taking a long weekend from work, Monday, Dec. 26 was predicted to be the second-busiest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak, a retail consulting firm. This year, Dec. 26 falls on a Tuesday and is expected to rank lower on the busiest-sales-day list. This might prompt Walmart to use aggressive discounts to draw customers into stores.
Regardless of the day of the week, after-Christmas discounts typically are steeper than discounts leading up to the holiday.
“Before the holidays, brands are competing for your dollar against their competitors, but after the holidays, they have to convince you to buy altogether,” said Estee Goldschmidt, CEO and co-founder of ShopDrop, a shopping app that helps urban fashion lovers discover sample sales.
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Walmart After-Christmas Sales 2017: What to Look For
Pre-season sales are often indicative of the kinds of sales you’re likely to see after Christmas. Use the following guide to find the best deals the day after Christmas and beyond.
Drones, TVs, video game systems and connected-home products that compete with Amazon Dot top the list of best after-Christmas electronics sales at Walmart. TV sale prices should be especially attractive, considering that the pre-Christmas sales saw markdowns of 25 to 50 percent on Samsung models.
Some of the best video game pre-season sales discounted retro game consoles, but Xbox One and Nintendo Switch — which were still listed at full price during Cyber Week — could be discounted after Christmas if pre-Christmas sales prove to be more sluggish than anticipated.
Tablet computers and phones — especially Walmart exclusives — should also be big sale items. Online, Bose products — which are new to Walmart.com this holiday season — are likely contenders for post-holiday sales.
Here are some specific electronics products to watch:
- Samsung 50-inch Class FHD LED TV — $398, down from list price of $600
- PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console — $349, down from list price of $400
- PlayStation 4 Gran Turismo Sports VR Bundle — $199, down from list price of $399
- Atari Flashback 8 Classic Game Console — $40, down from list price of $59.96
- Google Home Mini — $29, down from list price of $49
- RCA Galileo Pro 11.5-inch 32GB 2-in-1 Tablet — $79.98, down from list price of $179.99
- Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro 16GB — $49, down from list price of $149
- Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System — $224, down from list price of $249
Health and Beauty
Holiday-packaged cosmetic and bath gift sets are excellent choices for your after-Christmas shopping list because they’ll automatically be marked down come midnight on Dec. 25. Personal care items like electric toothbrushes and shavers are also hot, and many were already discounted 25 to 50 percent during Cyber Week.
Here’s where you might see some of the biggest after-Christmas price reductions on health and beauty merchandise:
- Oral-B Genius 8000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush With Bluetooth Connectivity by Braun — $139, down from list price of $249.97
- Braun Series 5 5030S Men’s Electric Foil Shaver, Rechargeable and Cordless Razor — $89.95, down from list price of $169.97
- Remington C19538 Large Pearl Ceramic Professional Curling Wand — $19.99, down from list price of $29.99
- Dove and Old Spice gift sets — prices vary
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Collectible, active and licensed merchandise top Walmart’s 2017 hottest-toy list, and Walmart had already slashed prices on some of them, like the Disney Frozen 12-Volt Ride-On Sleigh, for Black Friday and Cyber Week. Those sales might continue beyond Christmas. Other top toys, like littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, were still listed at full price during Cyber Week and might be poised for good markdowns after Christmas.
Pay particular attention to Walmart exclusive models of popular toys, like Fingerlings, that were out of stock after Black Friday, and other items from the Chosen by Kids list:
- Hatchimals Golden Lynx Hatching Egg — $49.88, special-buy price
- Fingerlings – Kinsley The Interactive Baby Sloth — $14.84
- Nerf Modulus Regulator — $33.74
- Lego “Star Wars” BB-8 — $30, special-buy price
- Disney’s “Frozen” 12-Volt Ride-On Sleigh — $198, down from list price of $298
- Disney Pixar “Cars 3” Boys’ 6-Volt Battery-Powered Electric Bubble Scooter by Huffy — $48.84
- Fisher-Price Zoom ‘n Crawl Monster — $19.93, down from list price of $34.97
- FurReal Roarin Tyler, the Playful Tiger — $97.50, down from list price of $129.97; $94 in-store price
The first thing many after-Christmas shoppers do is head for the holiday-decor clearance shelves, but cookware, small appliances and furniture should also figure prominently in Walmart’s after-Christmas sales. Pre-Christmas sales have featured 20 to 30 percent discounts on a range of Walmart’s own Mainstays products and on Hamilton Beach merchandise and smaller savings on merchandise from Better Homes and Gardens. Online, Walmart is rolling out Cuisinart products on Walmart.com and might discount those to kick-start sales.
Pay particular attention to these home items after Christmas:
- KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer — $199, down from list price of $359.99
- Dyson DC59 Cordless Vacuum with V6 Motor — $189, special buy price
- Best Choice Products 3.7-Quart Electric Air Fryer — $74.94, down from list price of $164.95
- George Foreman Nine-Serving Classic Plate Grill & Panini Press — $39.96
- Mainstays Arlo Futon — $149
- Cuisinart Convection Microwave Oven with Grill — $250
Some of Walmart’s best after-Christmas sales might include jewelry, clothing and sporting goods. Jewelry, for example, was still heavily discounted after Cyber Monday, with fine jewelry marked down as much as 85 percent.
In clothing, winter items are most likely to go on sale after Christmas. “Sweaters, coats and boots tank in price after holidays,” said Goldschmidt.
Indoor items like game tables and exercise equipment are good bets for after-Christmas sales, with pre-Christmas discounts in both categories reaching 50 percent or more. Basketball systems and outdoor play equipment like trampolines are also likely to be discounted, based on pre-Christmas sale prices with 10 to 30 percent reductions and a smattering of steeper markdowns.
Check out these prospects for after-Christmas discounts:
- 0.5-Carat Diamond Solitaire Necklace & Stud Earrings Set — $299.99, down from list price of $980.70
- MD Sports Official Size Table Tennis Table — $109, down from list price of $162
- Skywalker Trampolines 16-Foot Oval Trampoline and Enclosure — $431.28
- Welder 2980 Home Gym — $193.99, down from list price of $295.48
- Harve Bernard Women’s Long Hooded Puffer Coat With Cinched Back — $25, down from list price of $44.96
- Dickies Men’s Canvas Shirt Jacket — $22, down from list price of $27.82
Beyond Walmart Sale Prices
The price might drive consumers’ primary motivation to purchase, but convenience is also important, so Walmart is introducing initiatives to help shoppers save time and money this holiday season, according to Steve Bratspies, Walmart’s chief merchandising officer. By offering a wider variety of merchandise and more pickup and delivery options, and increasing the number of staff on hand to assist shoppers, Walmart hopes to give consumers more reasons than ever to shop its stores and its website.