Are you in the market for a new laptop? You may want to hit the stores this Independence Day before prices creep back up. New research from Decide.com, the Seattle startup that predicts whether prices will go up or down on consumer electronics products, indicates that we are currently in one of three periods during the year when prices on laptops decline.
The company analyzed prices of 3,600 laptops from 116 sellers, and found that the average price savings are 10 percent, or as much as $240.
According to Decide, here are the best times to buy a laptop: Late June to early July before the “back to school” rush; late September just after the “back to school” rush; and the last two weeks of December just after the holidays.
For example, Decide.com predicts that the HP Envy — a 15″ laptop that was first released in January — is currently selling for a record low price of $1199.95. Decide.com predicts it will go up in price by $140 in the next two weeks. Here’s a look a the price chart for the laptop. (Correction: The original price was incorrectly stated in this report. See comment below from Shauna Causey of Decide with more details).
And here’s a look at what Decide.com believes will happen with the Samsung N, currently selling at a low price of $580.
And it is not just Windows-based laptops. Decide.com also said that prices on the MacBook Air from Apple are expected to rise in the coming weeks.