We are down to the final week of the 2015 holiday shopping season, and you might find yourself scrambling to check off the last few items on your gift-buying list. You may be scouring for hot deals, but in some cases your best option may be waiting until next year.
There are plenty of hot and cold items this season that will probably be cheaper by next year. Let's go over a few companies and items that you may want to sidestep in the week ahead as a consumer and possibly in the year ahead as an investor.
1. Keurig Kold
There's no denying that Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR.DL) is sorely overpriced at the original $370 price tag. Even Keurig Green Mountain has marked down the machine that makes chilled carbonated beverages to $300 for folks buying directly from its website -- even though the machine has only been on the market for less than three months.
Keurig Green Mountain is in the process of being acquired in a $13.9 billion deal. There are a lot of knocks on Keurig Kold. It's too expensive. The brand-name sola flavors also cost too much, setting buyers back $1.25 for an eight-ounce serving. It takes two hours to chill the reservoir if a chilled beverage is desired. All of this may lead Keurig Green Mountain's new parent company to nix Keurig Kold, resulting in steep markdowns as closeout fodder. If the decision is made to keep Keurig Kold going it will likely be at a much lower initial investment.
The controversial hit of the holiday shopping season is the hoverboard, and the most popular models start at $399 for the gliding transporters. That's not going to last.
We've already seen some retailers pull hoverboards on concerns that the chargers can catch fire. However, even if that wasn't the case, it wouldn't be a surprise to see hot hoverboard sales create a glut of cheaper "me, too" options next year. Remember how the $99 Razor scooters birthed a wave of dirt-cheap imitators? It will probably happen here.
3. Apple Watch
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is making smartwatches cool. It may have been late to the party with the springtime debut of its Web-tethered timepiece, but it's making up for lost time.
The Apple Watch starts at $349. Early adopters aren't flinching at the stiff price point, but Apple's history suggests that cheaper ways to slap an iOS product around your wrist will come soon. The world's most valuable consumer tech company updates its products on at least an annual basis, and most expect Apple Watch 2 to roll out next year.
Apple will probably continue to sell the original Apple Watch at a lower price point when it rolls out the next generation at current prices. It's what Apple does with its iPhone and iPad. Why should Apple Watch be any different?
Apple may wait one more generation before taking this route, but why take the chance? At the very least, buying an Apple Watch now when an improved model is likely just a few months away doesn't make a lot of sense.