Monday, November 5, 2012

Holiday Shopping Deals Before Black Friday 2012

The competition between brick and mortar versus online retailers for the 2012 Christmas season has become so intense that retailers are no longer waiting for Black Friday 2012 sales to start this year.  Additionally, Target and Best Buy are offering in-store price matching to online prices this year (details, exclusions apply).  Wal Mart still has its in-store local price match policy.

To get a head start on its competitors, Wal Mart started their 2012 holiday deals with Wal Mart's Ultimate Online Specials which features electronic sales such as an Apple iPod Touch for as low as $179, a Google Nexus 7 tablet computer with an Android 4.1 mobile operating system for $199, and a PlayStation 3 Ultimate bundle for $259.

Toys R Us Pay In Store

Toys“R”Us has launched “Pay In Store,” a new payment option for orders placed through and Customers now have the ability to shop thousands of toys and juvenile products available online and pay for them in any one of the company’s 873 stores across the country, using any payment type, including cash or check. Payment is accepted at all registers. This service is the latest example of the company’s continued efforts to enhance its omnichannel capabilities, utilizing all channels to provide customers with the most convenient shopping experience.

“Many moms, dads and gift-givers have asked for alternative payment methods when shopping on and, and we are very pleased to introduce this brand-new payment option for our customers just in time for the busy holiday shopping season,” said Milton Pappas, Vice President, e-commerce Customer Experience, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “Pay In Store is yet another way we are integrating our store and online businesses, creating a seamless shopping experience for our customers.”

Pay In Store serves as a convenient alternative payment option for customers who do not have a credit card or do not want to use their credit card online. Now, when shopping on or, customers can simply select the Pay In Store option displayed as one of the Payment Method choices at checkout. Their order is then reserved, and they can visit their local “R”Us store to pay within 48 hours of receiving their confirmation e-mail. When paying in store, customers must bring a copy of the order confirmation e-mail to any register or display the e-mail on their smartphone to make their full payment. For added convenience, customers can use any payment type accepted at the store, including cash, check, credit cards and gift cards. Once payment is made, the order will be processed and shipped to the customer’s home.


Toys R Us have also offers a Free Layaway Program with pickup by December 16, 2012 (exclusions apply) and a Biggest Game Sale of the Year.

BEST BUY 2012 Holiday Deals and Online Price Match

Free Shipping – For the second year in a row, Best Buy is offering free shipping on all online orders now through Dec. 24, 2012. If a customer visits our stores and a product is not available, Best Buy will provide free shipping to the customer’s home.

Same-Day Pickup - For increased convenience and flexibility, customers can order their choice of products on and pick them up at their local Best Buy store that same day.

Easy Returns - Best Buy takes the hassle out of returns this year with an extended return policy. Customers who purchase a gift from Nov. 4 through Dec. 24, 2012 can return or exchange it through Jan. 24, 2013. 

Increased Customer Support – Beyond the holiday perks, Best Buy is taking the extra step to hire thousands of seasonal employees to better serve consumers and ensure their shopping experience is smooth.

An additional 12,000 seasonal employees will boost Blue Shirt ranks and nearly 10,000 seasonal employees will be added to Best Buy’s customer support channels. An additional 2,000 will expand existing distribution center teams.  

Midnight Black Friday Opening – Best Buy will open its stores at midnight on Black Friday again this year to give shoppers a head start on their holiday shopping. 

Pricing - Because customers indicate price is one of their most important considerations when purchasing a product, Best Buy will have competitive prices throughout the Holiday season and, with our Price Match Guarantee, Best Buy Blue Shirts will, if asked, match prices of a competitor’s local retail store, another local Best Buy retail store and on any identical available product for sale during the Holiday season (Nov. 22 through Nov. 26 excluded). Best Buy will also price match any gift purchase made between Nov. 4 and Dec. 24 until Jan. 24, 2013.

Additionally, starting on Oct. 7th, Best Buy is empowering its Blue Shirts to match, if asked, the online prices of designated major retailers on appliance and electronics hardware products.

Amazon Count Down to Black Friday Deals Week is having a "Count Down to Black Friday Deals Week" which currently features electronics such as PCs, Apple MacBooks, cameras and movies., launch its Black Friday Deals Store ( The deals destination will feature a Deal of the Day, along with limited-time, doorbuster-style Lightning Deals and other huge savings on the hottest electronics, toys, clothing and more, now through Black Friday weekend.

“By visiting our Black Friday Deals Store, customers can expect to find a large selection of the most anticipated products of the season, all for a great price,” said Ben Hartman, Vice President of Consumer Electronics for “Plus, they can take advantage of free shipping on millions of items through Amazon Prime and FREE Super Saver Shipping.”

Below is a preview of items that will be discounted at various times leading up to Black Friday. Check the Amazon Black Friday Deals Store frequently for deals and pricing ( 

  • Panasonic VIERA ST50 Plasma TVs and E50 LED TVs
  • Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabook (silver)
  • Nikon Camera with 18x Zoom
  • Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect
  • JumpSport Elite 14-Foot Trampoline with Enclosure
  • Up to 40% on select Alex Toys
  • Street Surfing Amped Pro Scooters
  • Buy three or more select Hasbro Games, get the lowest price game free
  • Up to 60% off children’s books, including Disney Bedtime Favorites
  • Up to 50% off select winter clothing, including outerwear and cold weather accessories
  • Stuhrling Men’s Symphony Aristocrat Executive Automatic Skeleton Watch
  • Peugeot Women’s Diamond Accented Watch
  • Select Bosch tools and accessories
  • Up to 60% off popular TV series, including Seasons One and Two of The Walking Dead
  • Casio 76-Key Premium Keyboard Package

Finding Gift Ideas and Discovering Deals

Today, Amazon launched the Electronics Gift List (, a curated list of new and top rated items, organized by category and gift recipient, so shoppers can easily discover the best gifts for everyone on their list.