Shop Talk

Retailers, consumers and prices

Check Out Line: Ready for the after-Christmas sales

December 23, 2009

Santa and Christmas treeCheck out retailers’ post-holiday push.

Shop Talk remembers when after-Christmas sales were advertised in the newspaper on Christmas Day itself.  Times have changed a bit.  Walmart is already letting you know what deals will be available, including ones that could lead you to spend more at its stores.

J.C. Penney, meanwhile, said it would open its doors at 5 a.m. on the day after Christmas, the earliest start ever.  While online shoppers get 99-cent per item shipping, J.C. Penney is still going a little old school.  Those who get its Christmas Day newspaper circular will get good ol’ coupons to use in stores.

So what are the deals?  Let’s take a quick look at Walmart.  Right now, you can buy the Xbox 360 Arcade Console for $199.  If you wait until Dec. 26, you get it for the same price plus a $50 gift card.  It’s all part of the retailer’s “After-Christmas Week of Savings” push.

But we checked.  That $8 Zhu Zhu Pet special only runs through today.  Parents, you’ve been warned.

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(Photo: Reuters)

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