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On Chol HaMoed, one is not allowed to do melocho, even without excessive tircha or skill, if it's not l'tzorech hamo'ed (a need of the holiday) nor a davar ha'aved (financial loss).

How do we determine what is considered a davar ha'aved? Is there a shiur?

For example, if a sale occurs irregularly (e.g. twice a year) and presumably one would end up having to pay more money for the items or forgo its purchase entirely if he/she were to skip the sale, should that be considered a davar ha'aved?

Say we're not referring to a marketing "sale" of e.g. a department store but, e.g., a consignment sale of used items, where the price differences are actually significant from what one could find elsewhere, is there any reason to not allow shopping at the sale on Chol Hamoed for items that won't be used on the Mo'ed?

  • "Isur v'heter" usually refers to hilchos taaruvos and the like, IINM. – msh210 Apr 1 '15 at 14:40
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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says in סימן קו - דיני מקח וממכר בחל המועד:

סעיף ג': אִם חַל יָרִיד, שֶׁהוּא יוֹם הַשּׁוּק הַבָּא לִפְרָקִים, אוֹ יוֹם הַשּׁוּק שֶׁבְּכָל שָׁבוּעַ, אֶלָּא שֶׁעַתָּה הוּא קוֹדֵם הַחֲגָאוֹת שֶׁמִּתְאַסְּפִין קוֹנִים הַרְבֵּה, מֻתָּר לִמְכֹּר דְּכֵיוָן שֶׁהוּא דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ תָּדִיר חַשְׁבִינָן גַּם מְנִיעַת הָרֶוַח כְּמוֹ הֶפְסֵד, אֲבָל בְּיוֹם הַשּׁוּק שֶׁבְּכָל שָׁבוּעַ אָסוּר, וּכְשֶׁבָּאִים לִפְעָמִים סוֹחֲרִים אוֹ סְפִינוֹת שֶׁמּוֹכְרִים בְּזוֹל אוֹ קוֹנִים בְּיֹקֶר מַה שֶּׁאֵינָם שָׁכִיחַ תָּמִיד, גַּם כֵּן מֻתָּר לִקְנֹת מֵהֶם וְלִמְכֹּר לָהֶם. ‏

The יָרִיד he describes seems to be parallel to our seasonal sales. He permits one to shop at the יָרִיד, as long as it's not a weekly occurence.

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