Wal-Mart already offering Black Friday deals
The retailer is trying to get an edge in what is expected to be a very competitive holiday shopping season.
By Christopher Freeburn
Shoppers who browse the digital aisles at the website of nation’s largest retailer can get a jump start on their holiday shopping.
Wal-Mart (WMT) is already making a number of so-called "Black Friday" deals on electronics available through its website. Included in the early digital discounts are sharp savings on seven tablet computers and TVs, as well as holiday pricing for 300 other items, The Associated Press notes.
The early deals come as Wal-Mart looks to get a leg up on rivals in what is expected to be a highly competitive holiday shopping season. At least one big-screen TV will be marked down by 36% in one of the seven top deals. In another deal, a tablet will see a 51% discount.
This year's early discounts follow 100 deals offered on the day after Halloween last year, though those offers were confined to home products.
A Wal-Mart executive indicated that the decision to offer the seven electronics deals was made last month. He noted that a challenging economy was pressuring consumers to start looking for deals as soon as possible.
Retailers are feeling uncertain about the upcoming shopping season, with some cutting back on the number of seasonal workers they hire.
Industry experts say that the pressure of a tight economy will force retailers to eventually abandon Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the rush to attract customers earlier in the season.
Shares of Wal-Mart climbed modestly in Friday afternoon and Monday morning trading.
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Are family quit having Christmas of exchanging presents. We do things larger on birthdays instead. Xmas is all about retail and santa clause. Lets all just go to church and remember who's birthday it is on the 25th of Dec
Folks, here's a radical idea...Take control, and show the retailers you do not want them open....DON'T GO!! Show your support for the individuals who are stuck working Thanksgiving because of corporate greed. JUST DON'T GO.
But. you will go. Why? Little Johnny HAS to have that X-Box. and we HAVE to have that 7th flat panel TV.
Stop the consumerism/disposable lifestyle, and just don't go!!!
Some of these stores that are "leaking" their Black Friday deals weeks early are just pathetic. Maybe they take their "leaking" lessons from the morons in Washington.
Much like the never-ending campaign cycle, it seems Christmas shopping is almost becoming a year 'round phenomenon. "Get that Easter crap cleared out of the way so we can get these lights strung up and trees decorated, damn it!" Apparently the reason for the season is none too pleasin' for some folks.
I read another article saying KMart was going to open early on Thanksgiving.
When I was a kid,you'd be lucky to find a gas station open on a major holiday.
Corporations really don't give a crap about their employees' life away from work.
Not only that,but they will likely cut back the workers hours on another day in order to avoid paying them overtime.
Welcome to America. The best government money can buy,along with rules set up for the companies who buy the government.
We ARE a 3rd world nation,given the large disparity developed over the last few decades.
If you don't think so,then I suggest you go and see what we consider a 3rd world country actually looks like up close and personal,meaning not on the internet or TV. Visit some.
Wasn't there a story about Jesus (the guy that Christmas is honor of) and money changers?
I'll be riding my camel right on past their tent this year and every year from here on end. There is only so much slime a guy can take - hell even Jesus got driven to his breaking point with greed.
Because we all KNOW that the real reason for Christmas is how much worthless crap you can buy.
Lots of people have to work on holidays, not just Walmart employees. Yes, we know you've been spoon fed talking points to stoke your hatred of one successful store, but the Walmart in my town employs workers who wouldn't have employment otherwise -- students, seniors, housewives and the disabled.
Last Christmas Eve, when I was preparing to host a family dinner for 30, my coffee maker died. I was able to drive 2 minutes and buy an American made coffee maker at a very reasonable price.
If people didn't camp out and wait in line to rush the stores, they wouldn't be open. If you don't want to participate, do what I do and stay home.
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