NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Most retail-minded readers likely know that the price of any given product can vary significantly based on the time of year (peak season vs. offseason, for example), but the day of the week has a significant impact on prices as well, at least online.
Extrabux, a price comparison Web site, analyzed prices for more than 100,000 products sold online at thousands of retailers and found that the price of TVs, computers and other consumer products can vary by anywhere from $20 to $40 from one day to the next. As a general rule the best day to buy each of these products is Monday.
|Prices on electronics and appliances vary widely depending on which day of the week you buy them.|
Computers cost an average of $1,210 on Mondays, their lowest price of the week, and $1,256 on Fridays, their most expensive day of the week. That $46 difference marks the biggest dollar amount fluctuation of any product on the list and the reason, according to the report, is that computer manufacturers generally roll out their rebates and discounts at the beginning of the week.
Television prices follow a similar trend, with TVs selling for a low of $1,101 on Mondays and peaking at $1,122 on Fridays. Unlike with computers, though, television prices remain relatively flat from Monday through Wednesday, so any time in the first half of the week is really a good time to buy.Prices on other electronics, including cameras and video games, also bottom out on Mondays and peak later in the week, and according to Extrabux, this is mainly because many consumers get back to work on Monday after the weekend and spend more time shopping online, making them more "susceptible to online promotions." Indeed, reports have shown that Monday is the busiest online shopping day of the week.
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Not every product is cheapest on Monday. The report found that major appliances such as washers, dryers and microwaves typically had the lowest price online on Sunday, which is also when the greatest number of people are searching for appliances on Google (GOOG). When it comes to buying online, it seems the best bet is to go with the crowd rather than against it. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.