Walmart on Friday announced several new deals that it will offer leading into the holidays and some of them are pretty spectacular, at least if you're looking to save some cash on a new gaming console or a low-cost tablet. One set of deals kicks off tomorrow, Nov. 1, while another will begin at midnight Pacific Time on Nov. 3. Here's what's in store, at least from a gadget front.
Walmart said on Nov. 1 customers can expect to find the Xbox One for $349 on both Walmart.com and in Walmart stores., which is the standard new pricing for the holidays. Additionally, it's selling a 46-inch Samsung HDTV for $528, down from the standard $578 price. Other deals include a Dell Inspiron Touch laptop for $479 and a 9-inch RCA tablet with 8GB of storage that will only cost $69. The latter product will only be available on Walmart's website, but you should find the rest in stores, too.
Then, on Nov. 3 at midnight Pacific, Walmart will kick off a second sale. At that point you'll be able to purchase a 48-inch Sony LED HDTV for $348, $100 off of its standard price. You'll also find the Nintendo 2DS for $79, a Nextbook 7.85-inch tablet with 8GB of storage for $49, which is half-off the standard price, and more. Walmart is also offering 50-percent "more game trade-in value" if you're trading-in titles to purchase Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Anyone trading games in for a PlayStation 4 will receive twice the standard value, Walmart said.
Hopefully you're able to take advantage of these savings, even if you haven't already started your holiday shopping.
Walmart Says Holiday Savings Start Now
'Tis the Season for 20,000 Rollbacks, Free Shipping, 24-Hour Cyber Event and Savings Catcher with a Holiday Twist
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Oct. 31, 2014 – Dear Santa's elves, it's time to start saving. Walmart is unwrapping its first round of 2014 holiday offerings, including the low prices it's known for and its broadest assortment ever on the items customers need for gift-giving, decorating, family gatherings and every occasion in between.
On Nov. 1, the retailer will offer more than 20,000 Rollbacks on items including groceries and popular brands such as Disney "Frozen," Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Samsung, and Dell. Just two days later, Walmart is bringing back its popular 24-hour holiday cyber savings event. All season long, customers can take advantage of free shipping on millions of items* from Walmart.com.
"Helping families deliver an amazing Christmas doesn't start on Black Friday, it starts now," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. "As soon as they put away their Halloween costumes, our customers start prepping for Thanksgiving, buying Christmas trees and shopping for gifts. They want the best deals now and we're here for them today, next week and throughout the season. Our strategy is simple: lead with low prices, offer the best brands, make shopping easier than ever and bring the holiday joy that only Walmart can deliver."
Walmart has expanded its digital shelves to include 7 million items – one million more than last holiday season. Deals typically reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday start on Walmart.com shortly after midnight Pacific Time onMonday, Nov. 3. They include:
- · Sony 48" LED HDTV for $348, was $448
- · Nintendo 2DS Handheld Video Game System for $79, was $129
- · Barbie Dreamhouse for $120, was $148.82 and
- · Nextbook 7.85" tablet with 8GB memory for $49, was $99
The retailer will also offer hundreds of weekly online specials on electronics, apparel, home and toys. Same-day pickup in Walmart stores is available while supplies last at no additional charge. In addition, free shipping to customers' homes is available for orders totaling $50 or more. Customers can also choose free shipping to Walmart's more than 4,300 stores.*
"We are taking care of our customers today and all season long no matter how they shop – whether in our stores, online or on their mobile devices," said Fernando Madeira, president and chief executive officer, Walmart.com U.S. "More than 65 percent of Walmart customers have smartphones and they look to us to provide a flexible shopping experience when, how and where they want."
Saving Catcher Expansion and New Mobile Feature
Timed for Thanksgiving meal planning, Walmart is expanding Savings Catcher to bring even more savings to the kitchen. Beginning Nov. 2, holiday turkey and ham will be eligible for Savings Catcher, giving families confidence that they're getting a great price on these holiday meal essentials.**
In addition, Walmart has rolled out another new feature within its mobile app. With "Search My Store," customers can search for nearly any item carried in a Walmart store and see the item's availability at that store, its aisle location, ratings and reviews.
"Search My Store" is currently available on Android devices and expands to iPhones by mid-November.
Holiday Inspiration and Convenience
Walmart is also offering new tools and resources to help customers shop the season, including:
- · Wish List: Starting Nov. 7, children and parents can build a Toy Wish List for Santa by adding their favorite toys directly from Walmart's digital Toy Book. Wish lists can be shared on Facebook and in email with friends and family.
- · Holiday Hub: New this year, Walmart is sharing how-to videos, product demos, seasonal recipes and other tips across multiple platforms where customers seek holiday inspiration, including Pinterest, YouTube and Walmart.com.
- · Layaway: Customers taking advantage of Walmart's holiday layaway with no opening fee can stretch dollars further by paying at their own pace through Dec. 15.
- · Ad Match: Walmart's great prices are backed by its Ad Match Guarantee. Stores will match the price of any local competitor's printed ad for an identical product.***
Holiday Savings and Easy Shopping Start Now
Key events this weekend that bring value to Walmart customers include:
|Date||The Offer||Where to Get it|
|Nov. 1||Rollbacks on more than 20,000 items, including big electronic brands at low prices:
Hottest licenses for kids, like:
Toys to put a smile on kids' faces Christmas morning:
|Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com|
|Hundreds of online specials, including:
|Free shipping on the top 100 gifts****, guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas Eve.||Walmart.com with delivery to any Walmart store or Neighborhood Market. The gifts are available for free home delivery in the contiguous U.S.|
|Starting Nov. 2||Savings Catcher expansion covering holiday turkey and ham.||Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets|
|Nov. 3||Shortly after midnight Pacific Time: 24-hour holiday cyber savings event featuring 15 Black Friday and Cyber Monday-like deals, eligible for same-day pickup in stores.
||Walmart.com with same-day pickup at Walmart stores|
|Special offers timed to the hottest gaming release of the year: "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare." On Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, customers can get 50 percent more trade in value when they trade in a game and purchase "Call of Duty: Advance Warfare."For customers looking for a new gaming console, we'll give them double trade in value when they trade in a game and purchase a PlayStation 4 system.
Walmart is the only retailer with an in-game exclusive – an exoskeleton. Customers can access this exclusive when they purchase Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew 24-packs and specially-marked Doritos products.
|Select Walmart Supercenters and stores that carry general merchandise like electronics, apparel and toys|
Walmart will be announcing additional great deals and special savings events throughout the season.
Editor's Notes: *Free shipping includes Site-to-Store, which allows customers to order online and pick up in a local store for free; and free shipping to customers' homes for orders totaling $50 or more. Some limitations apply. Visit Walmart.com for details.
** Savings Catcher does not apply to competitors' offers for turkey or ham that require a minimum dollar purchase to receive the featured price, or that limit the number available per customer.
*** Restrictions apply. Not applicable to Walmart.com.
****Top 100 Gifts curated by Walmart merchants and featured on Walmart.com, available Nov. 1.
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