Fasten your seat belt—Black Friday is almost here.
What everyone wants to know: What does Amazon have up its sleeve?
Here’s the lowdown…
Amazon.com, Inc. (NYSE: AMZN) has pulled back the curtain on Black Friday deals.
The good news is that you don’t have to wait until November 27 to cash in on the savings. The “Countdown to Black Friday” event is in full swing right now.
Amazon, in anticipation of the holiday season, is offering 30,000 lightning deals. The sales event runs through November 26.
The strategy is to offer good buys throughout the holiday season. This means more discounts for more people.
Better yet, less stress.
Amazon is banking on the idea that starting sales early will give them a bigger slice of the holiday pie.
Furthermore, actual Black Friday deals will be offered for a full week prior to November 27.
Cyber Monday will follow with a week of deep discounts, too.
Amazon Prime members get an extra perk: A 30-minute head start on bargains in front of other shoppers. They also get free two-day shipping.
Prime members can also get free one-day delivery for orders over $35. It’s limited to these select cities:
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- Dallas/Ft. Worth
- Tampa Bay Area
- Washington, D.C.
- New York City
Orders less than $35 are charged a flat rate of $5.99 for Prime members and start at $9.99 for non-Prime members.
If you don’t relish the idea of fighting Black Friday traffic, Amazon will hook you up with some great online bargains.
For instance, Amazon is offering more than $17 off an AIRCAT 1150 “Killer Torque” Impact Wrench; $40 off a HSM Shredstar BS10C, 10-Sheet, Cross-Cut, 5-Gallon Capacity Continuous Operation Shredder.
Buying on a frugal budget? No problem. There are plenty of deals for you too. Everything from kitchen gadgets to books to DVDs are on the list of bargains—even magazine subscriptions.
And catch this: If you’re one of the unlucky folks who missed a killer deal, there may be hope…
Amazon offers a waiting list. Once customers place an order, they have 15 minutes to pay for it. If the transaction is not completed, it’s offered to the next person on the waiting list.
You can join the waiting list here.
Amazon Sales Surge
The third quarter has traditionally been more sluggish for Amazon. However, Amazon sales were up 23% in Q3 to $25.4 billion, compared to $20.6 billion in the same quarter last year.
Amazon Web Services—Amazon’s cloud storage and enterprise services unit—and Amazon Prime services, contributed to a robust revenue last quarter.
Q4 net sales are anticipated to range between $33.50 billion and $36.75 billion—a growth of 14% and 25% compared to Q4 2014.
The Adobe Digital Index predicts that online sales for all industries will earn at least $2 billion this holiday season.
Amazon is poised to benefit big time.
Don’t wait for a Black Friday ad; you won’t find one. You have to click on the site to see the latest offerings.