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What you should (and shouldn't) buy in November

Dana Dratch

What not to gobble up in November

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What not to gobble up in November

Talk about two-faced: When it comes to bargains, November is almost two different months.

For most mortals, November is November until the calendar says otherwise. But for shopping fanatics, bargainistas and retailers, the days after Thanksgiving are when the serious price cuts really begin.

So while you may find limited markdowns before Turkey Day, afterward "it's hard to find things that aren't on sale," says Daniel Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation.

During the first three weeks of November, there are bargains, too -- everything from frozen turkeys to futons to older-model TVs to car tires.

But if you're shopping sales and bargains, there are a handful of items you will probably have to avoid until the holiday shopping season begins. Here are four things that likely won't be on special for most of November.


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