Holiday shopping season starts early for some retailers


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SALT LAKE CITY -- The holiday shopping season is here for some retailers. Some industry analysts say if you see a good deal now, you may not want to wait to buy.

Several retailers told KSL they rolled out seasonal sales a little bit early this year because of the economy. This year, prices traditionally seen the day after Thanksgiving for "Black Friday" sales may be available now.

Last week Walmart launched a "secret sales" promotion on its website. Prices were slashed on everything from plasma TVs, laptops, and digital cameras to the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Walmart hopes the sales every Saturday through December will prompt customers to buy early.

Joey Sanders, co-manager of the Walmart in Riverton said, "Feedback that we're getting from the customers—they are excited to see the great deals that we're presenting to the customers at these times. Customers are coming in and getting fired up about Christmas even through the rough economic times."

We talked to representatives at Kohl's and TJ Maxx who say they've seen more people shopping in their stores lately, taking advantage of discounted merchandise. Last month bargain stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods saw a rise in sales, while some-high end stores saw a decline.

Industry experts say retailers burned last year by fewer sales ordered less stock this year, so if you see a good deal now, it may not get much better if you wait to buy.

E-mail: spark@ksl.com

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