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January 26, 2014

Electronics a good buy in winter

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If you want to try out the devices first, Fitbit and Nike have free apps that you can use on your phone as a trial.

“You can try an app, and if you like it, you can commit to that and later on upgrade and actually buy the device,” Ramirez says.

• GAMING CONSOLES: One thing you won’t find a good deal on, Ramirez says, is gaming consoles. Because the new Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4 were just released late last year, the pricing hasn’t gone down yet. The only deal you might find is if the consoles are bundled with games.

“You might see a PS4 bundled with two games or an Xbox that comes with a free year of Xbox Live (Xbox’s multiplayer gaming and digital streaming media system), but demand is so high there is no incentive to discount,” he says.

Ramirez said he expects modest deals on the Xbox One, about $50 off its $449 price, beginning in April. Meanwhile, PS4 deals could begin in March and the price could drop to $364 from $400. Those estimates and timing are based on what happened with earlier models.

One exception is the Nintendo Wii U, which has been a slower seller.

“If you want a next generation console on the cheap, look out for deals on the Wii U,” he says, He predicts a price cut in coming weeks as Nintendo tries to move the systems.

You’ll also get good deals on older models such as the PS3 and Xbox360, both of which have sold for as low as $149, he said.

“What’s particularly great is that both Sony and Microsoft said they would support their older consoles throughout the year,” Ramirez said. “So not only will you have new games to look forward to, but you can continue buying older (and now cheaper) games that perhaps before you didn’t get a chance to play/buy.”

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