When to Buy a Monitor

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Like individual models in other categories of tech gear, the cheapest monitors will be closeout, overstocked, and refurbished models.

The best times to buy a monitor--whether a cutting-edge wide-screen LCD or plasma display or an older standard-aspect LCD (or even one of the shrinking number of CRT models still available)--are the usual big three: the back-to-school period, post-Thanksgiving holiday sales, and January-February inventory clearance time.

In addition, throughout the year, vendors bundle "free" monitors with desktop systems, though they undoubtedly factor the cost of the monitor into the package price. Still, if you buy a monitor with a PC, you're likely to get a better deal.

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