NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Reports of Black Friday violence and pepper-spraying may have made some holiday shoppers wary of hitting the mall this year. Luckily there are great Cyber Monday deals that don't require you to leave the house.
Like many of the bricks-and-mortar retailers offering Black Friday sales this year, many Cyber Monday retailers allow customers to shop the deals early before the actual online shopping holiday. Others, however, stayed tight-lipped about their deals until the day before.
The world's largest retailer tried to lured consumers to its doors first by kicking off Black Friday sales on Thursday. Its Cyber Monday sales are also beginning a day early. Wal-Mart (WMT) will begin its "Cyber Week" sales with deals on gadgets, toys and home goods. Shoppers will be able to scoop up 32-inch Toshiba LCD HDTVs for $249 and Xbox holiday gamer bundles for $319. Tramontina Dutch ovens will be offered for $35 and Hot Wheels Mega Garage Playsets will be $25. The site will offer free shipping on orders of more than $45 on qualifying products.
The toy superstore planned to roll out discounts on thousands of items on its Web site starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. Shoppers will be able to get 60% off the cost of certain video game titles with the purchase of another game. Calico Critters' products will be 50% off, while certain Nerf products will be up to 40%. Perennial favorites such as Little Tikes Bouncers and Razor Scooters will be discounted by 30%. Prices on Easy-Bake Ovens and Power Rangers action figures will be cut by 20%. Barbie dolls will sell for $15 less, while Hot Wheels cars will be offered for $10 off. Consumers will get free shipping on orders of at least $49. Macy's
The department store plans to offer discounts on hundreds of items on its Web site. For the home, shoppers will find Dyson DC-17 Total Clean vacuums for $349.99 and 24-piece bedding sets for $99.99. The store will offer buy-one-get-one-free deals on certain women's sweaters and 50% off of select women's coats. In accessories, handbag prices will be cut by 25% to 40%, while Charter Club leather gloves and cashmere scarves will be 50% off. Macy's (M) will also lower its minimum order for free shipping to $75, using the promotional code "CYBER." Sam's Club
Sam's Club has some Cyber Monday deals to rival its sister store Wal-Mart. The shopping club has an Asus i5 Notebook for $479 with free shipping. The TV deals have been great this year at every retailer, and Sam's Club has a Magnavox 32-inch LCD HDTV for $248.88 with free shipping. You have to be a member of the shopping club to get the deals, but you can score an annual membership for as little as $40 The deals started at 10 p.m. Sunday and last until Friday.