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Amazon, Walmart get an early start on Black Friday sales

By Shawn Knight
Nov 2, 2015
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  1. Black Friday is nearly a month away but apparently Amazon didn’t get the memo. The e-commerce giant on Sunday kicked off its countdown to the year’s most recognized shopping day with a helping of daily and lightning deals to get consumers in the buying mood.

    As we’ve come to expect from Amazon, the company is offering deals on thousands of products across a wide range of categories. A few examples include up to $70 off a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, 59 percent off Sharp’s HE LC-60UD27U 60-inch 4K television which brings the price down to $1,299.99 and 71 percent off a Kingston 64GB Class 10 microSD card, yours for $18.99.

    Early deals like these aren’t all that surprising, especially in today’s day and age where many do their shopping online. Companies like Amazon have really turned up the heat in recent years, putting pressure on traditional retailers like Walmart – which also launched Black Friday sales on November 1 – to revamp how they do business during the holidays.

    Curiously enough, we’ve also seen a number of retailers take a stand against brick-and-mortar Black Friday sales that begin on Thanksgiving Day. GameStop and Staples have already said that they will remain closed in observance of the holiday and won’t open until 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday, respectively.

    Something else you might not know about Black Friday – it’s not always the busiest shopping day of the year as we’ve been led to believe. The Saturday before Christmas ranks right up there with Black Friday.

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  2. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 362   +49

    Are companies really this desperate for a buck?
     
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  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,547   +2,346

    Desperation has nothing to do with it. You make money by pushing volume...sales push volume. Bigger sales push more volume.

    My only gripe is that Ferrari dealers don't utilize the strategy. Imagine: 80% off a Berlinetta. The line around the lot would stretch for miles.
     
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  4. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 362   +49

    For a Ferrari, yeah that'd be one helluva line. But there's something with these sales starting this early that smacks of desperation to me. I can remember a time when holiday shopping didn't start until the day after Thanksgiving; there were no early "Black Friday" sales. Now we're getting inundated with sales from late summer through November. It's crazy.
     
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  5. RoosterFish2

    RoosterFish2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +30

    I'm with ya. I love paying retail price for things. I bet you also complain that people have to work on Black Friday/Thanksgiving and can't spend time with their families, yet when the companies you rail against start offering the sales a month early to alleviate some pressure from those two days, you also complain on the internet. No wonder big companies don't care what people think, they can't make up their minds.

    I also would like a Ferrari
     
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  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 706   +181

    Sure...what do you think capitalism is ?
     
  7. That's not a fault of capitalism. It's about greed and wanting more and more money.
     
  8. Ziffel

    Ziffel TS Booster Posts: 75   +62

    Greed and wanting more money is the very definition of realistic capitalism.
     
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  9. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    I wish, but Ferrari and Lamborghini limit the number of cars to keep themselves exclusive, it is completely on purpose. It's their way of staying elite and making their brand unique, remember everyone can be elite, but when everyone is elite no one will be (paraphrasing Syndrome).
     
  10. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,547   +2,346

    I'm aware of Ferrari's et. al. strategy. IIRC, Ferrari won't even let you buy new unless you're a previous owner.
     
  11. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    Damn elitist bastards, man I wish I had one!
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,894

    And they are still not happy, go figure.

    It is fine by me if I can't have one. I wouldn't want the car, even if I could afford it. It's not my thing, never has been.
     
  13. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    I love fast cars and would love to drive one, even if it is only one time. Fastest I have ever driven is a 500hp Dodge Challenger and it was fun but it is not a corner taking car.
     
  14. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 706   +181

    Greed ? Yep they sit around being greedy. Sorry you don't have any will not to be Madison Avenued. I love capitalism. It gives me the choice to say no that is not for me
     
  15. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 706   +181

    Greed ? Yep they sit around being greedy. Sorry you don't have any will not to be Madison Avenued. I love capitalism. It gives me the choice to say no that is not for me.
     
  16. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 910   +386

    Stupid sheeple....I don't bother with those stupid sales. If it wasn't for labor day & Halloween, the Christmas stuff would be out the day after the 4th of July.
     
  17. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 362   +49

    True indeed.
     
  18. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    I know they already threw thanksgiving aside...

    My gf has to work on thanksgiving because black "friday" has slowly been pushed back. Just do it on wed night and make everyone happy. Then again they probably figure more people have thanksgiving day off, scum.
     
  19. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Booster Posts: 240   +43

    I fly everybody down in late January for a reasonably free vacation (only if they promise to Not buy us Any gifts for the thing we refer to as 'the Holidays'). It's mostly cheaper and fulfills the family thing better than anything in years past.
    B&M, wire, and everything else.. you lost us the day that Black Friday became Black Thursday -- sorry you can't see that, but we no longer participate at all - deep-fried Turkey on Thursday for us oldies and the Old decorations for Christmas, "oh yeah, it's almost midnight, e'n't it.. Cheers, honey" for New Years and await the real family holiday of St. Nothing ~25 jan, lol. We e'n't celebratin' No One's birthday cuz' Walmart sez, pretty sure Jesus would agree with that sentiment. Bah humbug, I guess..
     

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