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Christmas countdown 2013: Latest sales & deals, shipping cut off dates

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With online sales and deals continuing, the Christmas countdown for 2013 is now at exactly one week until the big day arrives. That gives shoppers less than a week to get those gifts in time to give them on Dec. 25. Many websites are still offering shipping deals in time for the holiday, with various cyber sales still taking place on certain retail sites. Wednesday also brings the big Free Shipping Day promotions from many retailers.

According to IBTimes.com, the cutoff date for delivery before Christmas at Amazon.com website is Dec. 20. Amazon Prime members get two extra days as their cutoff date is Dec. 22 on eligible items. With the Prime service, members not only get free two-day shipping on numerous items, but other perks such as access to the vast Instant Video library on the site and ability to borrow at least one Kindle ebook per month. The site is currently offering their top holiday deals on a daily basis, with Wednesday’s including up to 65% off various flash memory and mobile accessories by Sony, discounted stocking stuffer items, a Linksys wireless-N Router, and $75 off a SanDisk 256GB solid-state drive.

For the Walmart online deals, their online specials include the Apple iPad 2 16GB tablets with a bonus accessory kit starting at $389, a KitchenAid 4.5-quart Stand Mixer for $199, as well as other tablets, clothing items, kitchen items and toys. The cutoff date for Walmart delivery before Christmas stands at just two more days to order online. There may also be some items available for pickup in stores.

The current Best Buy online deals include an HP 15.6-inch laptop with 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive for just $299. The item is normally priced at $379, giving a savings of $80 off. Additional deals include all MacBook Air laptops on sale, select Samsung HDTVs and gift card promotion, Microsoft Surface with 64GB memory for $329.99, and the Xbox One for $499.99. The new video game system isn’t necessarily on sale, but some have noted that it’s tough to find in stores or online, so this one may be gone quickly. As for Christmas time delivery, Best Buy says today is their “last chance” for free delivery by Dec. 24 on orders totaling $25 or more.

Christmas Day 2013 is a week away on Dec. 25, 2013. There aren’t likely to be stores open on Christmas Day, but there will be stores likely to be open on Christmas Eve including the big retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy. Otherwise, last minute gifts will have to be bought in person or be the printed or emailed-gift card variety.

For more shipping cutoff dates, see IBTimes report here.

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