From all accounts Comets fire-sale is a very lacklustre affair with the good stuff getting at best 10% off with the silly things like TV stands getting the 30% reduction. Basicly, they are still making money out of the margins and with that it is probably not even close to a fire-sale.
But do have a look, closer to the end there are bound to be better deals. But thats gamberling.
I'm always a fan of last years models, with the price reduction and the advances in general not justifying the price on later models in comparision to last years. I suspect it will be different next year with the resolution trend in display panels, but not today.
I too snarfed a nice cheap laptop a couple of months pre win 8 launch. Cheap very featured Asus netbook for less than the price of a clone tablet, can't go wrong.