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is once again upping the ante ahead of the holiday selling season.

The retailer announced on Wednesday yet another round of discounting on its Web site. Starting this month, Target will celebrate "Mega Merry Mondays" with deals on 17 hot items, and "Total Toy Tuesdays," with price cuts on five favorite toys.

Target will also offer free shipping when customers spend $50 or more from Nov. 21 through Dec. 11, and will host sales Thanksgiving day at that will feature 50% off electronics like cameras, televisions, Blu-ray players and video game consoles.

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The company previously said it will be running a four-day sale in stores beginning Nov. 21, that will include up to 50% discounts on more than 170 gift items like toys, electronics and entertainment. It is also cutting prices on the iPod touch and offering two-for-one video games.

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announcement last week of its own pre-Black Friday door-busters. Over the weekend, the No. 1 retailer slashed prices on flat-panel televisions on Saturday and Sunday, and announced that it will continue to offer electronic deals throughout November, courtesy of its "The Amazing Walmart Electronic Event."

Wal-Mart also introduced its first 52-page toy catalog, and further cut prices on toys it predicts will be big sellers this holiday season.

Black Friday deals are starting earlier this year, as many big-box retailers and department stores look to shoppers' dollars early.

Over the past weekend




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all tried to woo shoppers into stores with pre-Black Friday deals. Retailers are expected to continue to heavily discount throughout November.

-- Written by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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