Action 9: Best shopping deals are 2 weeks before Christmas

by: Don Griffin Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shoppers are primed to expect big deals on Black Friday. That's when Beverly Walker does all of her holiday shopping.

"Because they give you half off or 70 percent off," she said.

But if you're looking for the absolute lowest prices, deal experts said wait until the second week of December, then pounce.

That applies to everything from clothing to big screen TVs.

Tonya Lindsay found that out from her husband who works in retail.

“The best deals come right before Christmas, two weeks before Christmas, every year,” Lindsay said.

Experts say last year nearly all of the toys they saw deals on hit their lowest prices during the two weeks leading up to Christmas. Shoppers should expect more of the same this year.

Action 9 told Larry and Kay Bumgardner that after they'd just spent big bucks on toys for grandchildren.

"I didn't know that," Larry Bumgardner said. “But, you know, we have to get out early before the crowds"

One exception to the rule is jewelry.

It tends to get more expensive as Christmas nears because retailers know that men procrastinate then panic and will pay almost any price.

"The last-minute males,” said Reeds manager Jaya Edwards, with a laugh. “That's what we call ‘em."