Black Friday 2013 Sales Too Late? Christmas Deals in August from Walmart, Toys R Us
How early is too early for Christmas sales and deals from retailers?
Black Friday 2013 is the day after Thanksgiving (November 29), but that traditional day that usually kick offs the Christmas shopping season may be too late this year as retailers look to put some bigger numbers on their fourth quarter balance sheets early, a CNBC report reveals.
This year, Christmas is still 125 days away and Black Friday is also 99 days away, but two retailers are already making early moves to gain the interest of shoppers.
According to the report, Toys R Us has just expanded "its price-match guarantee to include online retailers including Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com and BestBuy.com, among others," for the Christmas shopping season this year.
Walmart also made a move - the company will drop the $5 fee it charged shoppers in previous years to open a layaway account.
Walmart revealed this week that shoppers can begin putting eligible items on layaway for the holidays on Sept. 13.
As a bonus, if you are a friend of Walmart on Facebook, you can use the new few layaway service two days earlier.
Shopping experts cited in the article say that while the early discounts are nice, it won't make too many shoppers begin filling their Holiday gift list in August.
"Really, Nov. 1 is when the early sales kick in that are worth paying attention to," Brent Shelton, a spokesman for deal site FatWallet.com told CNBC.
How early will you begin looking for bargains for the Christmas shopping season this year?
Is anything before Thanksgiving just too early?
Not for some.
According to a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation, "40 percent of holiday shoppers say they begin shopping before Halloween."
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