The best Christmas shopping deals and discounts this weekend are being offered again in the form of one-day only flash deals and discounts. The concept of limited supply merchandise selling at a discount price until sold out is not a completely new retail strategy. In the olden days it used to be called a bait-and-switch deal. "Flash deal" just sounds a lot less predatory.
Starbucks and IKEA are joining the Christmas shopping flash deal giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Sears and Kohl's with one- (or two-) day only deals this weekend.
Saturday one-day deal shoppers can save up to 100% off with a tricky IKEA deal that has the potential of being both a bargain buzz and a sugar high at the same time. Target has a record number of one-day deals on Fisher Price and Sesame Street toys. TigerDirect is selling a wireless modem for less than Starbucks is selling a plastic cup. You gotta love Christmas holiday shopping season.
If you're just in hot pursuit of the best discounts and deals of for today, here's the articles that will help you the most:
- All One-Day Only Deals for Saturday, December 8, 2012
- Best December Coupon Codes and Freebies
- Where to find iPad4 and iPad Mini Deals
- Websites with Free Shipping and Free Returns
If you're interested in that 100% off IKEA deal, keep reading.
FREE is always the favorite price point for all Christmas shoppers and for two days only, (December 8th and 9th), IKEA is giving shoppers $100 of free merchandise... potentially... sort of.... The IKEA deal this weekend is this... If you go to the IKEA restaurant and purchase food, then the amount you spend in the restaurant will be deducted from the amount of merchandise you purchase after you eat, with a minimum IKEA home furnishings purchase of $100.
It doesn't look like there's any upper limit on the amount of restaurant fare you can purchase. So theoretically, you could buy 34 pieces of chocolate overload cake, and use that restaurant receipt to get $102 off a $102 IKEA home furnishings purchase. You could then serve the cakes at your Christmas dinner, tell everyone about the deal, and make them wonder if the gift you gave them was really just a freebie.
If there are any exclusions to this weekend IKEA eat-your-way-to-a-discount deal, they're not advertised. But of course, it would be a good idea to ask a friendly IKEA team member before making any purchases because I think all sales on chocolate overload cake are final.
Besides the IKEA restaurant freebie, you can get one-day only deals up to 70% today (Saturday, December 8th only) on Dewalt Drills, iTunes gift cards, Oral B Electric toothbrushes, Tote boots, Play-doh Sets, Pyrex, a Lionel train, a wireless router, and a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff. How do you know these Saturday only deals are really good deals?
Be aware and compare (the 2012 Christmas holiday shopping mantra)!
For instance, today's Kohl's Dream Deals include several different styles of Totes boots. If you compare prices you'll find a lot of Totes boot styles for a lot less money than the Kohl's deal of the day. So if you just want Tote boots, compare prices to get cheaper ones. If the exact Tote boots that Kohl's has discounted are truly your "dream deal," then the 55% off price for today is not a bad deal.
If you don't live near a Kohl's and you don't want to shop online, Meijer has a Graco Duo 2-in-1 Baby Swing Bouncer for sale at the same Kohl's Dream Deals discounted price. Neither discount is spectacular - just 20% off - but if you were going to buy a baby swingy bouncer thing anyway, 20% off is better than no discount at all.
Another good example of the benefits of the aware-and-compare shopping strategy can be found today at Sears. If you'd like a better price than the Little Box Mighty Big Blocks 128-piece set that Sears is offering at a one-day only flash deal price of $139.99, you can find one at... Sears... sort of. Wayfair.com, one of the merchants that sells through the Sears Marketplace on the Sears.com website is underselling the Sears one-day deal on the Mighty Big Blocks by $40.00.
Since Sears consciously added price comparisons with its Marketplace sellers on its specially designed Christmas Deal of the Day page of its website, we can only presume that the percentage Sears collects from the Wayfair.com sale is comparable to the profit it would make selling its own Big Blocks Little Box. We can presume that, but Sears HAS been experiencing retailing difficulties in the recent past, so there's no way to be sure if this was really a sound e-commerce decision.
In any case, if you're buying blocks today, click here, then click the photo of the blocks, then click the "sold by one other seller" link. Then finish your Sears transaction and buy yourself something pretty with your 40 bucks at the one-day only 40%-70% off sale at Littman Jewelers. You can also combine your $40 with a Stein Mart coupon which will save you between 20% and 50% off, depending on what you purchase - today only, of course.
One last deal-of-the-day tip of the day is for the vast majority of Christmas shoppers who are still buying electronics this Christmas. Not only is TigerDirect selling a wireless router for $9.99 today, it also has eight HDTV coupon codes which expire at the end of Saturday, December 8th. These are not shabby no-name electronics coupons either. You can get a Vivitar video camera for $10 and you can save $600 on a Samsung 64" plasma HDTV with the TigerDirect coupons today. That is, of course, "while supplies last."
If you want to get a complete roundup of all daily deals from Wal-mart, Target, Kmart, Best Buy, etc. along with price comparison links so you know if you're getting the best deal possible, click here for Christmas daily breaking news. The Christmas shopping deals, tips and news provided in November were viewed and used more than 1.5 million times. And there are still plenty of Christmas shopping days and plenty of Christmas shopping deals to come!
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