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What to buy and not buy at Memorial Day sales 2020

Computer Person Typing on LaptopMemorial Day sales have begun, even though stores aren’t operating like they usually do due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shop online for safety or pick up items you’ve ordered from local retail stores.

Many states have opened retail stores, including Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Iowa. However, I wouldn’t take the risk to go shopping for clothes or other items yet. About a dozen states – Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Mississippi – have opened retail stores even though their coronavirus cases are going up or have plateaued rather than dropping. See this New York Times article on the reopening plans of states. suggests consumers look for Memorial Day deals on:

  • Home and garden items
  • Mattresses
  • Large appliances
  • Sound systems
  • Kitchen items
  • Chocolate

MarketWatch recommends avoiding the following for Memorial Day this year:

  • Cars
  • Laptops
  • Televisions
  • Power tools
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing and swimwear


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