Walmart won’t be taking any extra time off for the holiday, offering a big after-Christmas sale that includes deep discounts on technology and video games as the retailer hopes to make up for a slow shopping season.
The nation’s largest retailer will be opening at 5 a.m. on December 26 to kick off the all-important after-Christmas shopping season, when stores offer discounts on extra stock and throw in some good deals to entice shoppers to bring in their gift cards from the holidays.
This year Walmart will be offering a number of deals for its after-Christmas sale, including free shipping for those who would prefer to do their shopping from the comfort of their computer chair.
There are plenty of good deals for those going into the stories as well. As Al.com noted, Walmart’s after-Christmas sale has some discounts that rival even Black Friday deals.
- Apple iPad mini 2 16GB WiFi – $199, regularly $269
- Madden NFL 16 (PS4) – $39.88, regularly $59.96
- Sceptre 32 inch LED Class 720P HDTV – $159.99, regularly $199.99
- Sing-A-Long with Elsa Doll – $29.88, regularly $39.67
- Razor E150 24-volt electric scooter – $114, regularly $134
In 2015, getting shoppers in for Christmas sales will be crucial for retailers. This year’s Christmas shopping season was largely a disappointment, Forbes noted, so stores are hoping to draw in some extra revenue before the calendar year comes to a conclusion.
The report noted that many national chains are heavy with inventory after lower-than-expected holiday sales, with some clothing stores including Gap and Banana Republic already cutting prices by 50 percent.
As Forbes reported, shoppers will be able to find some huge deals at Macy’s.
“Macy’s is the retailer most in trouble this season and the after-Christmas sale stands to be a blowout. It’s website landing page reads like a fire sale complete with ‘late-breaking deals’ of up to 75% off many items. Macy’s stores will open at 7 a.m. Dec. 26., and if its offer of $10 gift cards to early shoppers in the days before Christmas is any indication, early visitors to stores will be rewarded with extra discounts.”
The Walmart after-Christmas sale could have some big competition. Many retailers are offering similar deals, just like on Black Friday when a number of stores had identical video game system bundles. But others are trying to give a little more in order to entice shoppers.
At Target, shoppers will be able to trade in their unwanted gift cards in a new exchange program. About three-quarters of Target stores will be part of the new program, which offers gift cards at a slightly lower rate (for example, a customer looking to trade in a $100 Walmart gift card would get a Target gift card for $85 in exchange). While the rate may not be as good as other online gift card exchange outlets, it is immediate and another way for Target to bring in customers.
In all, some retail experts think the after-Christmas sales in 2015 could end up being the high point of the holiday shopping season.
“In terms of quality, however, post-Christmas sales might occasionally beat Black Friday, as retailers try to clear out inventories for the new year, with no major shopping holidays to look forward to until the spring,” said Benjamin K. Glaser, features editor at DealNews.
Some of the biggest after-Christmas deals, both at Walmart and other big box retailers, will be on Christmas decorations. These start at 50 percent off the day after Christmas and gradually become more discounted. As New Year’s Day nears, shoppers can find these items for 75 percent off or more.
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) December 26, 2015
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There can be other deals to find, noted Brian Hoyt, VP of communications at RetailMeNot. He told CBS News that shoppers might be able to get even more off items that have been recently returned and may have an open box.
More information on some of the other top after Christmas sales for 2015 can be found here.
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