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Big-ticket holiday gifts you may regret

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Buyer’s remorse

Before you plunk down hundreds — or even thousands of dollars — on that must-have item this season, heed the advice of retail experts who say some products are better bought at other times during the year, or not at all.

Though the average American is expected to spend $805.65 on holiday shopping this year, many will shell out much more than that, according to the National Retail Federation. That's the highest in the report's 14-year history.

What's more, almost half of this shopping will be done online.

Planning to splurge on a loved one? Experts say before you hit the "buy" button, it's a good idea to consider doing so at other times of the year, when certain items typically go on sale, or renting products that may not get used as often as you might like.

By Lucy Maher, special to CNBC.com
Published 13 Nov. 2015

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