Amazon’s Black Friday deals will start a week early. Today, the online retail giant announced they will be offering holiday bargains starting November 20.
Another retailer just announced early Black Friday deals. RadioShack will be offering holiday bargain as early as Wednesday, a full day ahead of most others, including Best Buy. In a previous report by the Inquisitr, the electronics retailer will be staying open later on Wednesday and will have limited hours Thanksgiving morning.
If your Black Friday holiday shopping plan included fighting crowds and waiting in long lines at the mall, Amazon just gave you another reason to stay home.
According to an Amazon press release, Black Friday bargains will be rolled out every five minutes for eight days starting this Friday. In addition, 10 “Deals of the Day” will be available on Thanksgiving night, followed by 10 more on the next day. This event will be similar to Amazon’s successful Prime Day event held in July.
Amazon is encouraging shoppers to use its mobile app and Prime service during the Black Friday eight-day event.
Over 150 “Lightning Deals” will be offered exclusively on Amazon Mobile Shopping Android, iOS, and Fire OS apps. Yet, these deals will only be found from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET from Thanksgiving to December 8.
Prime members will get the chance at some deals 30 minutes before non-members. The Verge reports that members who live in one of 20 metropolitan areas will get the option of free two-hour delivery on certain items through Prime Now.
According to the Amazon, “Last year, total holiday sales from the Amazon Mobile Shopping App doubled in the U.S. and Black Friday had the most rapid growth in mobile shopping.”
So customers can catch a specific product when it goes on sale, Amazon is introducing a new “Watch A Deal” service. The service will notify customers when previously selected merchandise goes on sale.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the Amazon Black Friday Deals.
- Acer Home Theater Projector for $299.00
- $25 off Amazon Fire TV
- $50 off a PlayStation 4 Uncharted bundle
- $50 off Xbox One consoles
- Up to 45 percent off select Samsung and LG TVs
- Kindle Paperwhite for $99.99
- 50 percent off Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones
- Jawbone UP3 for $99
- LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Figurine Alarm Clock for $15.99
- STIGA Triumph Table Tennis Table for $299.99
- 80 percent off Transformers: The Covenant of Primus
Right now, Amazon is only teasing the Black Friday deals, as most will not be announced until the official start on Friday. However, you can experience what the savings may look like if you are itching to start your holiday shopping now.
Back on November 1, Amazon opened their Black Friday deals store. By going to the site, customers can find limited-time deals throughout the entire month leading up to Black Friday.
Amazon, unquestionably, is the center of all things retail. By expanding into services such as same-day delivery and the local grocery market, they obviously want to make shopping as simple and smooth as possible.
Amazon anticipates another record year for its retail division. Last year, the Seattle-based company sold a total of 5.5 million items at a rate of 64 items per second on Black Friday alone. By all accounts, this year will be much bigger.
Investor Place doubts Amazon is making money on all of its Black Friday deals. The company is well known for keeping profit margins thin in exchange for increased market share. Offering products at heavily reduced prices is likely part of an overall strategy to keep the retail juggernaut on top of the online heap.
Traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday shopping season. However, every year we see retailers start their Black Friday deals earlier and earlier. For 2015, Amazon hopes bargain-hunting gift-givers will decide not to wait in line at a store, but instead tap “purchase” on their smartphone.
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