Wondering when the best time to buy a new computer monitor is?
It will come as no surprise to most of you that Black Friday is the best time to snatch the best deals, followed by Cyber Monday for the best online shopping deals.
However, if you’ve missed your chance and cannot wait for the next Black Friday, there are still some parts of the year that are better for shopping monitors than the rest.
You may want to hold off buying a new monitor until the Christmas holidays if you wish to get a better deal. In general, January and February are favorable months for picking a new monitor as most manufacturers are restocking their supplies at that time and will likely lower the prices to get rid of the old inventory.
Late January, in particular, is ideal for shopping TVs due to the Super Bowl as TV manufacturers try to outshine the competition.
Lastly, you may be able to find some good deals during the ‘back to school’ period which takes place from mid-July to mid-September thus including Labor Day as well. During this time of year, school and office-related supplies including certain monitors go on sale, too.
Moving on, you may want to consider getting an older version of the monitor or a refurbished product if these options are available.
Usually, when a monitor manufacturer releases a new series of the already existing line of monitors, the previous series is likely to drop in price. Most of the time, the upgraded models just have a fancier design yet they can cost considerably more. Compare the differences yourself and decide whether the additions of the new model are worth it to you.
Buying a refurbished monitor is a bit less preferred since you usually get a shorter warranty and run a risk of getting a display with dead/stuck pixels or other monitor defects.
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.