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There seems to be little doubt that the holiday shopping season has blown wide open as consumers take to the aisles and the web in search of the hottest deals of 2010.
According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent an estimated $45 billion over the Black Friday weekend. According to their survey, conducted by BIGresearch, 17 million more shoppers descended upon stores and websites over last year with the average shopper spending $365.
Digital business analyst, comScore, reports that online spending for Thanksgiving Day was up 28% over last year while Black Friday jumped 9% to $648 million. According to estimates, online sales have already reached $11.6 billion so far this season, representing a 13% increase over last year.
These numbers represent a strong indication of what lies ahead for retailers as shoppers whip out their wallets, and with Cyber Monday now upon us, online deals and bargains are ramping up. Here’s a look at what shoppers have to look forward to this year:
Amazon.com, who has emerged as this year’s most visited online shopping destination, has thrown the cyber-doors open early on its Cyber Week Deals page. Current deals include LG BD530 1080p Network Blu-ray Disc Players for $69.99, Logitech Squeezebox Duet Wi-Fi Internet Radios for $249, KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixers at $299.99 and Garmin nüvi 1690 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth Navigators for $199.99. Amazon is also showcasing Cyber Monday Lightning Deals every hour.
Sears.com kicks off their Cyber Monday deals on Sunday, with 1 1/2 ct. tw. Black Diamond Stud Earrings in 10K white gold for $149.99, NordicTrack ACT Ellipticals for $699, and Whirlpool 25-cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerators at $599.99. They are also offering a deal where you can get a GE c1033 3X Digital Camera free with the purchase of a GE 15X Digital Camera ($149.99).
BestBuy.com has also launched a two day Cyber Sale. Deals include Mitsubishi Home Cinema 60″ HDTV’s, Kodak EasyShare 14.0-Megapixel Digital Cameras, HP Pavilion Slimline Desktops, and XL 340T GPS TomToms.
JCPenny also begins their Cyber Monday savings early on Sunday at jcp.com, with deals on over 40,000 items and offering free shipping for purchases over $25. Offerings include women’s boots for $29.99, ½ ct. t.w. diamond circle earrings for $79.99, men’s athletic shoes for $38.99, and up to 60% off on their entire stock of furniture.
Target.com kicks off a week-long Cyber Sale with Canon PowerShot Digital Camera’s for $89, Biddeford Plush Electric Blankets for $44.99, Bentley Kids’ Desks for $159.99, Matchbox Mega Rig Space Shuttles for $32.00 and more. Sale runs through Saturday, December 4th.
ToysRus.com is offering buy one get one for 50% off on Nerf and Imaginarium toys, as well as Dream Dazzlers Playsets. Little Tikes products, Avigo and Rallye Bikes, Tron action figures and Baby Alive Dolls at 20% off. Video games from Kinect Xbox 360 and Playstation Move are $10 off.
Office Depot launches their Cyber Monday Savings with HP G62-337NR Laptops for $399.99, MSI L1350-436US Netbooks for $199.99, 1 TB Seagate Portable Hard Drives for $89.99, Maxell 8 GB Flash Drives for $12.99 and GE A1050 10.1 Megapixel Digital Cameras for $79.99.
Lowes.com will offer 40 Cyber Monday Online Only offers, but will also continue running over 300 Black Friday deals. Deals include Garden Treasures Outdoor Patio Heaters for $119, Black and Decker Cordless Drills for $59.97, Cusinart Griddlers at $94.99 and GE 4′ Pine Decorative Artificial Tree with Clear Lights for $48.
Kmart.com is offering Essential Home Complete Bed sets for $29.99, Microfiber Comforters at $9.99 and Olympus 14MP Digital Cameras for $89.99.
Belk.com is offering 20% off sale and clearance purchases, as well as 15% off home and shoes. Shoppers will need to enter coupon code 95488856 at checkout. Free shipping automatically applies.
In addition to cashmere sweaters, down jackets and other offers, LandsEnd.com will also be hosting a 12 hour Twitter event beginning at 9 a.m. Tweeters will need to follow @LandsEndPR and #landsend in order to learn about other offers as they become available.
For crafting enthusiasts, ConsumerCrafts.com will be offering between 30% and 50% off yarn, candy making supplies, scrapbooking material, home decor and other craft supplies.