Friday, November 22, 2013

Walmart moves to turn Cyber Monday into Cyber Saturday; announces early start right after Black Friday

On Friday, Walmart announced plans to change Cyber Monday into Cyber Saturday. The world's largest retailer said that on the day following Black Friday, it would begin issuing deals normally reserved for Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday, for those unaware, earned its name as it is the first day after Thanksgiving when some workers -- a group that is getting smaller and smaller, mind you -- have access to high-speed Internet (meaning at their jobs). That day has been the day that Internet retailers use for their version of Black Friday. Of course, as noted, the number of Americans without access to high-speed Internet in their homes continues to drop, hence the reason that Walmart and others have chosen to extend Cyber Monday to the weekend.

It's another move by another retailer to try to get a head start on the competition. That same sort of mindset can be seen by the moves by many retailers to start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day -- and that includes Walmart.

The deals will last through Dec. 6, while supplies last, and in addition, the retailer said that beginning on Nov. 22, it was dropping the minimum amount necessary for free shipping from $50 to $35. That number is probably not coincidental; Amazon.com recently raised the level necessary for free Super Saver Shipping to $35.

Walmart listed a small, non-inclusive list of Cyber Saturday, er, Monday Week deals:
  • LG 55-inch 3D LED TV with Soundbar Bundle -- $799 ($500 savings)
  • Samsung 46-inch LED TV -- $479 ($400 savings)
  • LeapFrog LeapPad2 Crayola Creativity Pack Bundle -- $69 ($60 savings)
  • Doublepower 7-inch Tablet -- $59 ($20 savings)
  • HP Sleekbook Ruby Red 14-inch Pavilion Laptop PC -- $295 ($133 savings)
  • Fisher Price Powered Ride-on Minnie Mouse Jeep -- $189 ($60 savings)
  • Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle -- $119 ($60 savings)
  • Crayola Melt-n-Mold -- $22 ($32 savings)
  • PlayStation 4 bundle with Dualshock 4 controller and game -- $517 (special buy)
  • Xbox One bundle with choice of a game or accessory -- $559 (special buy)
  • $150 off a 32GB iPad bundle
  • $50 for a Nextbook 7-inch tablet
Amazon.com hasn't released plans for Cyber Monday, or its Cyber Week, but that is only because it recently announced plans for its Black Friday Deals Week. The giant Internet retailer said it would offer new deals as often as every 10 minutes.



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