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9 great Labor Day deals on tech: Save $85 on AirPods 2

Labor Day is this upcoming weekend, but you can save right now on great tech deals. Check out our best picks on deals you can buy today.
Written by Rebecca Isaacs, Staff Writer on

The kids are back in school and the pools are closing. That can only mean summer is coming to a close. With summer's end, however, comes the final summer event of the year: Labor Day. 

If you've been holding off the entire season for some great deals on major purchases like appliances or outdoor pieces, now is a great time to pick them up, as retailers are clearing away stock. We've searched the internet far and wide for deals to save you cash on your next big splurge. Be sure to take a look at our picks for best Labor Day deals below.

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The Fitbit Versa 4 is available for preorder right now, and when you make the purchase now, you can get a $50 Target gift card. With over 40 exercise modes, built-in GPS, and a six-month Fitbit Premium Membership for free, you can track your fitness journey. You also get six-day battery life and 50M water resistance for swimming, surfing, and more.

  • Current Price: $114
  • Original Price: $199

The Apple AirPods 2 can last up to 24 hours with the included charging case, and you can keep listening to your tunes all day long. Apple's universal fit will be super comfortable on your ears, too, and you can seamlessly swap between your iPad, MacBook, and iPhone for easy listening.

  • Current Price: $1,149
  • Original Price: $1,499

Part smart TV, part art piece, the Samsung Frame uses QLED technology to bring you a beautiful picture that is flush on your back wall. When not in use, it uses an art mode to display beautiful pictures on your screen, giving your living spaces an artistic flair. The deal is 27% off the 55-inch model, but the deal applies across sizes 43-inches to 55-inches.

  • Current Price: $189
  • Original Price: $249

This 27-inch gaming monitor from Acer gets you a 165Hz refresh rate with a 99% sRGB color gamut. It has a zero frame design to give you less bezels and more screen. The ergonomic tilt can go up to 25 degrees and a 360 swivel to complete any gaming space.

  • Current Price: $105
  • Original Price: $149

For new subscribers or for those who allowed their subscription to lapse, HBO Max is offering a year of the streaming service for 40% off the original price. You'll be able to watch hits like House of the Dragon today and The Last of Us when it drops early next year. Create multiple profiles for your house and control what your kids are watching with parental controls. You'll have to prepay for one year.

  • Current Price: $429
  • Original Price: $799

Perfect for a large living room, the 65-inch TCL UHD Roku TV has a sleek metal finish and can be mounted on a wall or set up on a TV stand. With the TV's FullView, you'll get edge-to-edge viewing, and you can enjoy a beautiful picture with the Ultra HD resolution. In addition to these great features, you can expect voice control with Google Assistant and Alexa and even use the Roku smart app on your phone as a remote. Best of all, it upscales to 4K UHD images on screen.

  • Current price: $119
  • Original price: $149

This cordless string trimmer can cut up to a 12-inch row of grass and help clean up bits that you miss while mowing your lawn. It comes with an included battery that can run for up to an hour on a single charge.

  • Current Price: $1,999
  • Original Price: $2,899

A customizable fridge is one thing, but a smart customizable fridge like this Samsung Bespoke model is on another level of innovation. In addition to the Samsung SmartThings app, which allows you to monitor the temperature remotely, the adjustable panels can appear as chic stainless steel gray or more vibrant hues. An Autofill Water Pitcher feature automatically refills with filtered water, and you have the option to infuse it with your flavor preferences.

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  • Current Price: $84
  • Original Price: 159

If you're a metal detector hobbyist or looking to get into the hobby, the Bounty Hunter TK4 metal detector is a great option. It features an eight-inch waterproof coil, and it can detect small objects up to six inches deep and larger objects up to two feet deep. It uses three modes of operation and can distinguish between certain metals to narrow your search preferences. Plus, the interface is easy to read and control. For those who prefer a lightweight metal detector, this one weighs only 3.7 pounds. 

When is Labor Day in 2022?

This year, Labor Day will be Monday, September 5.

When do Labor Day sales begin?

It depends on the retailer. If you're looking for a major appliance, you can expect those to ramp up closer to September 5 -- usually one week before, which would be around August 26.

However, there are multiple factors at play this year. First, there are still groans and moans in the supply chain among other consequences the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, a lot of stores ended up purchasing items in bulk, and with people still spending, albeit less, they have extra inventory they need to get rid of. That's where the savings come in. While they usually start sales around August 26, we expect them to start as early as today [since we're now past Aug. 26, this language needs updating] as encouragement for shoppers to purchase.

When do Labor Day sales usually end?

In the past, we've seen Labor Day deals extend up to a week after the holiday, so you can expect the deals to last through September 12. Anything after that is not guaranteed. 

What items are typically discounted the most during Labor Day?

If you've been holding out on a major outdoor purchase or just appliances inside the home [the "just appliances inside the home" needs rephrasing], this is a great holiday to purchase those items. A lot of outdoor items will be discounted, since retailers are trying to clear out their stock for the seasonal product shift.

The same goes for appliances. This is one of the best times of the year to invest in a new stove or a new smart refrigerator because retailers want to clear out current stock to make room for new inventory. The next time consumers should look for good smart appliance deals is Veterans Day, and after that, Presidents Day.

How do you determine what is a great Labor Day deal?

We comb the internet across multiple retailers and take into account a multitude of factors. First, If the product is less than 15% off, it is usually not a good deal. There are exceptions to that, such as Apple products, which are very popular but not usually on sale. Our general rule of thumb is that an item has to be at least 15% off.

Additionally, we check over the past six months on any item we think is a great deal to make sure that you truly are getting a great deal. Anything that has been price-gouged to appear like a deal, where they raise the price a few days before and drop it back down to the "deal" the day of, has not been included on this list. We want to make sure that you get the best deal for these items. 

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