-Cars: The best deals are the year-end sales between Christmas and New Year's Day. Plus you won't have to pay for a big red bow.
-Name brand TVs: The best sales are in January and right around the Super Bowl.
-Furniture: January has the biggest furniture sales.
-Luggage: The biggest sales are in March.
From the doesn't that stink file comes the secret of many pre-Christmas sales: The discounts are really not that great. The Wall Street Journal says retailers make higher profit margins this time of year than in the spring and summer.
The Wall Street Journal says many of the biggest holiday season markdowns are on items that were never sold at their full price to begin with. Think about it: If retailers were really selling everything at 40 or 50 percent off right now, they would be losing money.
Instead, The Wall Street Journal says they are making their best profits of the year this month.