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.
Walmart unveiled what it says is its best Black Friday 2012 assortment and pricing ever offered. Revealed to customers on Walmart.com , its Facebook wall and mobile app , the retailer’s Black Friday circular showcases hundreds of brand name electronics, toys, apparel, sporting goods and items for the home – backed by Walmart’s ad match guarantee – available during three events starting at 8 p.m. on November 22.
Walmart said in a statement its is taking the historic step to ensure wishlist items like the Apple iPad®2 are available for customers during a special one-hour event on Thanksgiving 2012.
“We know it’s frustrating for customers to shop on Black Friday and not get the items they want,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer, Walmart U.S. “This year, for the first time ever, customers that shop during Walmart’s one-hour event will be guaranteed to have three of the most popular items under their tree at a great low price.”
One-Hour Guarantee: Due to the large quantity of product already secured, Walmart guarantees that customers who are inside the store and in the queue line between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time on November 22, 2012 can purchase the following electronics at special low prices:
Apple iPad®2 16GB with Wi-Fi – $399 plus get a $75 Walmart Gift Card
Emerson® 32” 720p LCD TV – $148
LG® Blu-ray™ Player – $38
If any of these items happen to sell out before 11 p.m. local time, Walmart will offer a Guarantee Card for the item which must be paid for by midnight and registered online. The product will then be shipped to the store where it was purchased for the customer to pick up before Christmas.
Three Events – One Destination: For Black Friday 2012, Walmart will be kicking off its in-store specials at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, followed by its big electronics event at 10 p.m. and a weekend full of savings starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012.
“No matter our customer’s shopping preference – whether it is to stay up late or shop early –they will find amazing low prices on the broadest assortment we’ve ever offered,” added Mac Naughton.
A few of the top items available in store, while supplies last, include:
8 p.m. on November 22: Gifts for the Entire Family – Toys, Gaming, Home and Apparel
Xbox 360® 4GB + SkyLanders™ Bundle – $149
Wii™ Console– $89
More than 100 video games priced at $10, $15 or $25 each
Top Toys of the Season: Leappad® 1.0 Learning Tablet ($65) and Furby® ($45)
Razor® Accelerator 12-Volt Electric Scooter – $79
Fisher Price Power Wheels® Jeep® Wrangler 6-Volt Ride Ons (Hot Wheels® and Barbie®) – $89 each
Licensed Boys’ and Girls’ 2-Piece Sleep Set – $4.50 each
Mens and Ladies Denim – $9.50 each
Home appliances such as a Crock Pot® 6-Quart Slow Cooker and Mr. Coffee® Programmable 12-Cup Coffee Maker – $9.44 each
Shark® Steam Pocket Mop and Ninja® Pulse Blender – $39 each
Fashion Dolls such as Barbie®, Bratz™ and Disney® Princess – $5 each
Hundreds of DVD and Blu-ray movies such as Brave, The Amazing Spiderman, Hunger Game ranging from $1.96 to $9.96 each
Better Homes and Gardens® 700-Thread Count Sheet Set – $19.96
48” Air-Powered Hockey Table – $29.86
14’ Trampoline with Enclosure and Bonus Flash Light Zone – $159
10 p.m. on November 22: The BIG Event – Brand Name Electronics
Vizio® 60” 720p LED Smart TV with built in Wi-Fi – $688
Samsung® 43" 720p 600Hz Class Plasma HDTV – $378
HP® 15.6” Laptop with 4GB and 320GB hard drive – $279
Nikon® D3000 Digital Camera with Lens Kit – $449
Samsung® Smart ST195 Digital Camera – $99
Beats by Dr. Dre® Headphones – $179.95
Nook® Color™ 8GB Tablet – $99
Virgin Mobile® 3G/4G Hotspot – $39.88
5 a.m. on Nov. 23: Caffeine Not Needed – Great Savings on Gifts from Jewelry to Tires
Sharp® 70” 1080p 120Hz HDTV – $1,798
Acer® 13.3” Ultrabook™ with 4GB and 320GB solid state drive – $499
$100 Walmart gift card with the purchase of select smartphones such as the Samsung® Galaxy S III, Droid RAZR M by Motorola® and HTC® One X
Goodyear Tires ranging from $59 – $99 each
Forever Bride 1/3 -Carat T.W. Diamond Ring in 10K Gold – $198
Stanley® 6-Drawer Rolling Tool Cabinet with 85-Piece Mechanic Tool Set – $99
Singer® Sew Mate 5400 60-Stitch Sewing Machine – $99.97
5” Pre-Lit Harrison Christmas Tree – $20
Better Homes and Gardens Deluxe Recliner – $199
Their Price Is Our Price: The retailer’s long-standing ad match guarantee will also be in effect on Black Friday 2012. This allows customers to match the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product right at the cash register.
Map Your Black Friday Savings: Starting November 19, 2012, to help customers prepare and navigate the big event, a Black Friday 2012 local store map will be available to view and print on Walmart.com and local Walmart Facebook pages. Also, for the first time, customers can view an interactive local store map on their mobile phone via the Walmart Mobile App, enabling customers to click on items to see the price, product description and location in the store.
Walmart Black Friday 2012 Specials & More Online: Customers can get a jump start on shopping from the comfort of their homes with a two-day online-only event on Walmart.com starting early on Thanksgiving Day and extending through Black Friday. Walmart.com shoppers can choose free shipping to home on eligible $45 orders with Home Free or free store pickup with Site To Store and also use Pay with Cash . Savings on hundreds of the hottest gifts include:
Samsung 50" Class LED 1080p 60Hz HDTV – $698
Ematic 7” Tablet Android 4.0 1GHz, 4GB – $49
Dsi XL Ultimate Bundle – $129
Razor A Kick Scooter, Multiple Colors – $25
Newly-introduced this holiday, customers who sign up for email at Walmart.com , like its Facebook wall or download the Walmart Mobile App , will be among the FIRST to get early access to special deals and information. In fact, these customers will receive exclusive, early access to purchase select Black Friday 2012 “store” items directly online at Walmart.com and via the Walmart Mobile App hours before they are available in stores.
The Walmart Ad Match Guarantee follows below:
We’re committed to providing low prices every day. On everything. So if you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, tell us and we’ll match it. Right at the register.
We gladly match the price in the following types of ads:*
Buy one, get one free ads with a specified price
Example: Buy one for $2.49, get one free (BOGO)
Competitors' ads that feature a specific item for a specified price
Preferred shopping card prices for specific items that are in a printed ad
For fresh produce and meat items when the price is offered in the same unit type (lb. for lb.; each for each)
*The following are guidelines and limitations:
We will match any local competitor's advertised price.
We do not require customers to have the ad with them to honor a competitor's ad.
Items purchased must be identical to the ad (size, quantity, brand, flavor, color, etc.)
We do not match the price in the following types of competitor ads:
Items that require a separate purchase to get the ad price
example: "Buy [item A] to get [item B] for $C"
Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get free product
example: "Buy both [items A & B] to get [item C] for free"
Items that require a purchase to get a competitors' gift card
example: "Buy [item A] to get a $B gift card
Buy one, get one free (BOGO) ads with no actual price given
Going out of business or closeout prices
example: "All mascara, 40% off"
Competitors' private label price promotions
We do not honor:
Ads when the actual price for items cannot be determined
Misprinted ad prices of other retailers
"Going out of business" sales or "closeout" prices
Macy’s Black Friday 2012 Deals, Mobile App
Macy's says that customers will find incredible sales in every department starting at 12 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 (the midnight of Thanksgiving night) in Macy’s stores across the country.
A new Black Friday feature on Macy’s mobile app will help customers browse and shop for specials specific to their local store. In addition, an exclusive new collection from MAC Cosmetics will be previewed for a limited time. From luxurious cashmere and fun remote control electronics to exclusive fragrances and essential kitchen appliances, Macy’s will offer savings on hundreds of items for those looking to get a head start on their holiday shopping.
“Black Friday is a day dedicated to finding the best deals,” said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer. “For the first time last year, Macy’s stores nationwide opened at midnight and our customers loved getting a head start on their holiday shopping. Based on their enthusiastic response, we plan to repeat it again this year. We’ve also created a new tool to help customers plan their shopping strategy with an enhancement to Macy's mobile app that will identify and locate specials throughout each store on Black Friday.”
Macy’s offers a sneak peek at 15 of this season’s Black Friday specials:
$9.99 - $19.99 Remote Control Electronics
Get a free pair of high-definition headphones with any $75 or more men’s or women’s fragrance purchase and Macy’s will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish, up to $100,000
$79.99 Wool Coats for Her from Kenneth Cole, Nine West and Nautica
$34.99 Juniors Wool Coats from Hydraulic, Pink Envelope, Jou Jou and more
Free sweater when you purchase jeans from American Rag for Juniors
$16.99 Kids Puffer Jacket for Girls 2-16 and Boys 2-20 from London Fog, Protection System and more
$19.99 Rampage Boots
$39.99 Boots for Her from Easy Spirit, Aerosoles, G by GUESS, White Mountain, Madden Girl, Style & Co. and Karen Scott
$49.99 Charter Club Crewneck Cashmere for Her
$39.99 1/4 ct. t.w. Diamond Hoops in Sterling Silver, 18k Gold Over Sterling Silver or Black Diamond in Sterling Silver by Victoria Townsend
$199 1/2 ct. t.w. Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold
$99.99 Levi's Leather Jackets for Him or Her
40 Percent Off All Regular-priced Coffee Makers, Tea Kettles and Espresso Makers
$9.99 After $10 Rebate, $19.99 Your Choice Kitchen Electrics including Panini Maker, Slow Cooker, Hot Air Popcorn Maker, Deep Fryer and Quesadilla Maker and more
$49.99 Tag Fairfield 5-piece Luggage Set
Macy’s Mobile App – Black Friday Feature
New this year, an iOS-only Black Friday enhancement to Macy’s official mobile app will offer customers a digital tool to help plan their shopping strategy in advance. Beginning Nov. 15, Macy’s customers will be able to view Black Friday specials on their mobile device, create personal shopping lists they can edit and share with friends, and receive push notifications that will offer details on previously unadvertised specials. In addition, the new Black Friday feature on Macy’s mobile app will allow customers to browse Black Friday specials specific to each Macy’s, helping them navigate their local store by sending the department name and floor for each special by store location. This enhancement will make Black Friday more productive for Macy’s customers by allowing them to create a shopping strategy before setting foot in the store. The new Black Friday feature, created through a partnership with eBay Inc., will be available for iOS devices and can be used by downloading the Macy’s App at the Apple App store.
MAC at Midnight
In addition to great Macy’s specials and technology that help customers navigate Black Friday deals, MAC Cosmetics will exclusively preview its new “Taste Temptation” collection at Macy’s MAC Cosmetics counters from midnight until 4 a.m. on Black Friday. Customers can shop the collection and have a MAC artist bring out their nocturnal instincts by creating a one-of-a-kind “Taste Temptation” makeup look. Following this exclusive preview at Macy’s, the collection will not be available until Dec. 13.
Toys R Us Pay In Store
Toys“R”Us has launched “Pay In Store,” a new payment option for orders placed through Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com. 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 Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, 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 Toysrus.com or Babiesrus.com, 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 www.bestbuy.com 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 BestBuy.com 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
Amazon.com is having a "Count Down to Black Friday Deals Week" which currently features electronics such as PCs, Apple MacBooks, cameras and movies.
Amazon.com, launch its Black Friday Deals Store (www.amazon.com/blackfriday). 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 Amazon.com. “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 (www.amazon.com/blackfriday).
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 (www.amazon.com/electronicsgiftlist), 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.
Kohl's Launches Holiday Gift Shop Before Black Friday 2012
Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announces the launch of the Kohls.com Holiday Gift Shop, which will help shoppers find dream gifts for everyone on their holiday lists. To make choosing the perfect gift easy, the enhanced Holiday Gift Shop allows customers to shop by price, product category or gift recipient. An online listing tool allows customers to create customizable lists on their desktops, tablets or mobile devices and share personalized lists with others via email or social channels. With a new, convenient budget-tracking feature, shoppers can set a budget and stay on track as they add items to the list.
“We know our customers want to create the holiday of their dreams while staying within budget,” said Don Brennan, Kohl’s chief merchandising officer. “This season, we are making it easy and exciting for shoppers to find amazing and affordable gifts for everyone on their lists. Our Holiday Gift Shop lets customers customize their experience by helping plan their in-store shopping trips with the perfect list or choose items to buy online, whenever and wherever they want. With WiFi available in all Kohl’s stores by Black Friday, shoppers can also access and manage their lists on their tablets or mobile devices while they shop.”
Shopping on a Budget
Shopping for items by price is easy with great gifts listed by price point: $25 or less, $50 or less, $99 or less and $100 or more. With more savings opportunities this year, Kohls.com shoppers will be able to give dreamy gifts at down-to-earth prices. Customers can get even more value with additional Kohl’s savings opportunities, including:
Kohl’s Cash® – During Kohl’s Cash promotions, all shoppers get $10 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent (in store or online), with no earn limit, that can be used toward future purchases in store or on Kohls.com – good on all brands and sale prices. It's like getting paid to shop!
Night Owls and Early Birds – During special hours, Kohl’s offers the lowest prices of the week on select items or categories.
Kohl’s Charge – Kohl’s Charge customers receive a number of exclusive benefits. In addition to getting extra savings on their first purchase, shoppers also receive Pick-Your-Day shopping passes and special event discounts throughout the year.
Shopping by Category or Gift Recipient
For those who just need a little inspiration to find the perfect item for their loved ones, the Kohls.com Holiday Gift Shop offers great gift ideas by product category or gift recipient such as:
Holiday Gift Shop – Toys
Barbie® Pinktastic Dolls by Mattel
Playskool Mr. Potato Head Super Spud
Fisher Price® Imaginext Pirate Ship
Razor A Kick Scooter in Exclusive Colors
Step 2 Fresh Harvest Kitchen
LeapFrog Leapster GS Explorer Bonus Pack
Holiday Gift Shop – For Her
Apt. 9® Sequin Vneck Pullover
Simply Vera Vera Wang Lurex Cardigan
Apt. 9® Cashmere Sweater
Jennifer Lopez Clutches
Taylor Swift “Wonderstruck” Fragrance
14k Gold ¼-ct. T.W. Diamond Stud Earrings
Holiday Gift Shop – For Him
Marc Anthony Cashmere Sweaters
NCAA Fleece Tops
Croft & Barrow® Lounge Pants
Croft & Barrow® Dress Shirt and Tie Boxed Set
Kenneth Cole Fragrances
Norelco Sensotouch Mens Razor 1160x
Holiday Gift Shop – For the Home
Food Network™ 11pc Hard Anodized Cookware Set
Food Network™ Monogram Coasters
Keurig Mini Brewers
Food Network™ Ice Bucket with Tongs
SONOMA Sherpa Throw
Holiday Gift Shop – Electronics & Gadgets
8” Polaroid Tablet
Vivitar 5.1mp Digital Camcorder
Vivitar Digital Camera
iHome Striped Headphones
Innovative Technology iPad Case with Bluetooth Keyboard
Shopping with Ease – Online Listing Tool
Shoppers are invited to use Kohl’s enhanced listing tool to create shopping lists for all things on Kohls.com; manage those lists from their desktops, tablets or mobile devices; and then share those lists through email or social channels. The new list builder allows customers to choose specific items, including size and color, to get the exact items they want on their shopping lists. The online resource also offers a real-time budgeting feature allowing users to set budgets before they create their lists and stay on track as they add items. Kohls.com customers will be able to add items directly from their lists to their shopping cart for quick, convenient shopping. Customers can also print their lists from Kohl’s Kiosks in store.
Shopping with Confidence – Hassle-Free Returns
Customers can shop with confidence knowing that if gift recipients don’t love what they get, they can easily return it. Kohl’s return policy gives customers a quick, convenient and “no-questions-asked” experience. Customers returning merchandise with receipts or items purchased with Kohl’s Charge cards are eligible to receive full refunds or even exchanges, while customers without a receipt will receive a Kohl’s merchandise credit.