It's only September, but Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday 2013 deals are already showing up early online as retailers look to entice customers. On Monday, retail giant Target, offered a special sale at least two months ahead of the official "Cyber Monday" online shopping day, via their website.
A Daily Finance report on Monday, Sept. 30 indicates that Target sent out an email today regarding today's special sales deal. The offer has a few specific items on special, but there's a promotional offer as well. Target will give any customer who spends $75 or more online a free $10 gift card, towards future Target purchases. It's believed Target has unveiled this deal to get customers in the holiday shopping spirit as early as possible.
The real Cyber Monday falls on the calendar date of Dec. 2 this year, following Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2013. Cyber Monday is considered the day that most individuals shop online from work, home or everywhere else to try to find good deals on gifts for themselves and others. Some retailers have even made it a full week, with others offering deals all throughout November.
Jon Lal of the Be Frugal website said of shopping earlier, such as in September:
"Obviously, from a retailer's perspective they want to get a jump on the holiday season, because they're competing for consumers' dollars. But from a consumer's point of view, it's important that you have a plan for what you're gonna do around holiday shopping... and when you start shopping early, it's a little harder to stick to a plan and keep track of what you've spent."
While it seems early for shoppers, retailers realize that this year's window of opportunity is much shorter. There's only four weeks for shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas day this year, compared to five in 2012. That means retail giants will be looking to pull out all the stops. That said, it may be best to wait to see just how big the deals are when those leaked Black Friday ads and early Cyber Monday sales deal promotions start arriving online.