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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/business/28friday.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&ref=business&adxnnlx=1288296213-kgYkAis0rkwacSnlIRQqWw

Attention bargain shoppers! It is October — and Black Friday specials are here.

The year’s most popular discount shopping event, referring to the Friday after Thanksgiving, is arriving ahead of Halloween this year, with some promotions beginning this week and others throughout November.

Both retailers who have had tepid sales lately (Wal-Mart Stores, Sears) and those with rising sales (Amazon, Target) are pushing the tradition forward in a bid to snag shoppers’ limited money. Recession-trained customers are also pushing the stores to offer big deals now or risk losing out to competitors, though there is some skepticism about how significant some of the early discounts are.

The first “Black Friday Now” deals at Sears will be available beginning Friday and Saturday. Amazon’s electronics department will offer sales on items like Blu-ray players and high-definition TVs on Friday, and Toys “R” Us is putting all the items in its 80-page Christmas toy book on sale on Sunday.

Black Friday creep has been around for a while, but analysts say this year breaks new ground: the range of stores offering early discounts is wider, the discounts are steeper and the sale periods longer — in some instances, a full month before the real thing. Sears, for example, offered early promotions last year but expanded the hours and days this year, while Amazon is beginning earlier than ever.

“Consumers have been trained to buy merchandise only ‘on sale,’ ” Sherif Mityas, a partner in the retail practice at the consulting firm A. T. Kearney, said in an e-mail. “Given a limited budget, if retailers don’t capture that first or second purchase, they may find themselves with a lot of inventory the week before Christmas and the need for massive discounting to save the holiday.”

I thought black Friday was the day the stores broke even?

Are they breaking even early in this recovery?

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I thought black Friday was the day the stores broke even?

Are they breaking even early in this recovery?

Been looking around for new reasonable color laser printer.

Lexmark are offering up to £150 - £200.00 cash back if you buy one of their printers before 30th November!

http://www.lexmarkon...r-Cashback.html

eg £380 printer/scanner/duplex/copier for £230

(comes with 2,500 page high yield black + color toners)

250 page drawer standard

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