In the past couple of weeks we’ve been pretty surprised, and that doesn’t happen often around here. We’ve been doing this for 10 years and it isn’t easy to catch us off guard. But even we are surprised at how quickly the holiday shopping season is beginning to show signs of an all-time great Black Friday.
It’s still October folks. And yet, we’re seeing deals that are more typical of early November. Target and Best Buy have been at the forefront of it all and this is a very good thing, because both of the giant retailers are eager participants in the Black Friday madness. And where they go, others (are you listening Amazon?) are sure to follow.
Target’s announcement of site-wide free shipping was a biggie in our book. Though they’ve always been aggressive in the Black Friday wars, their declaration that everything would ship for free until December 20th was a rather big deal for us. Where once folks might pass on a hot price at Target.com, all of us will be more likely to make a purchase knowing that we’ll no longer be required to spend $50 to get that hot deal delivered. In fact, this free shipping offer is creating some very good deals already.
Best Buy has already kicked things off with a “Pre-Holiday Sale” that is more than just an attempt to get your hard-earned dollars as soon as possible. Among the excellent prices we’ve seen are a hot price on an iMac and a pair of highly-rated Panasonic Smart HDTVs at lower than we’ve ever seen prices. We’ve posted both sets here so you can take advantage if you’re in the mood.
Stay tuned right here for more Black Friday updates, and even more hot deals.