The time frames below should give you an idea of when you’re going to see the most deals on snowblowers.
At the tail-end of winter, stores tend to have little stock left. Most of the snow has already melted away, so why would Sears or Ace Hardware re-stock their low inventory? As well, they’ve been in the game for years with plenty experience selling snow blowers, so they can gauge how many machines to order (strategically) to ensure as few of them are still in their hands come springtime.
Yet the #1 advantage of shopping in the spring is for some of the steep discounts you might find- just because stores are getting ancy to clear inventory. It’s not very different than automobile chains: once January 1st comes around, their focus turns to the models for the current year, so there’s a huge incentive to sell as many of the previous year’s models.
→The Disadvantage? Selection is low because a large amount of purchases have already been made in November and December or earlier.
3.) Early in the Fall
September and August are said to be the best months by Consumer Reports to purchase a snow blower (if price is your main criteria). While they advised on exceptions to this, the most can be saved on snow blowers in early fall/late summer. They pointed out that the best selection won’t always be found at the most opportunistic time to find a deal.
The disadvantage? Selection doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with savings.
Buying During a Mild Winter- a Bad Idea
For the most part, the middle part of winter isn’t a great time to seal the deal. Sure, the selection is plenty, but you’re at the mercy of manufacturers as far as prices go.
There is probably no better time to buy a snow machine. The consumer’s focus in summer is on lawn mowers, but snow blowers also are starting to be introduced during these months (think June and May).
Because updated models are being brought in, you’re in the advantageous position of choosing from the newest, current equipment and the lower priced, outdated blowers.
Plug in almost any snow blower through a price tracker between June and August and there are some nice dips in price. For example, Amazon.com’s best selling snow blower (a Snow Joe) was almost $400 back in Jan 11, 2015 and took a dive to about $205 shortly before July 2016.
→The Disadvantage? The focus of many stores will still heavily be on lawn mowers, so you’ll have to do some digging around to get the best suited snow blower.
1.) Final Days of Winter- the Best Time to Buy a Snowblower
Without a doubt, this is the time you’ll have the greatest opportunity to get a reliable and inexpensive snow-blower. Even author and journalist Mark Di Vincenzo, thinks March is the prime month for snow blower discounts.
Eager manufacturers will be itching to trade their remaining inventory for some US currency to allow space for landscaping and spring gardening products that shoppers will want.
The selection is still broad enough, and you won’t tend to find any other time of the year for lower prices. Specifically, pick some days in January to walk through the available inventory that stores have on display to make sure you’re not missing out on a deal as much as ½ off the retail price.
→The disadvantage? It will be sitting for months in your garage until you’ll be able to use it next season (if you haven’t already).
Worst Time for Deals?
- Buying a Snow Blower Sometime Near a Snowstorm.
You’ve undoubtedly braved the crowds on Black Friday at least once and left having the experience of crowds- huge in numbers- in a frenzied rush (story for the grandkids), taking what they can off the shelves, leaving the store as if a tornado passed through. Or, when food and pantry items are stocked up on after the meteorologist forecasts a tornado or hurricane.
When certain circumstances deviate in a short period, supply-and-demand naturally returns to the advantage of the seller who can dramatically raise prices at will.
This is no different than if you were to go in and spend hundreds on a snow blower shortly after or before a big snowfall.
You’re not the only one who has this idea. A large percentage of folks in and around your area will be competing with you to get a snow blower, and none of you won’t walk out of the store without being price-gouged.
Please, before the snow falls, do your homework and plan for what’s inevitably to come (that is, if you’re not one of the few who live in Florida or Hawaii!).
Recent Snowblower Deals (Updated Periodically)
Recently, there have been some great deals brought to the attention of Slick Deals readers highlighting snow blower discounts. Posted July 4th, the Snow Joe iON18SB cordless 40 volt snow blower dropped considerably in price, currently this much at Amazon.com
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