Don’t let the doomsayers of the current political season spoil your part in our national recovery. A definite warming trend has been spotted over Seattle’s best and brightest e-tailers that spells a remarkable meltdown in the “Big Chill” of our nation’s economy. This year’s hottest products go by the name of Fire, Kindle, Kinect Sports, Call of Duty, Starbuck’s K-Cups, T-Mobile G2 and many more.
How “hot” was your weekend? Shoppers made the most of retail deals and early openings beginning last Friday with more than 226 million visiting stores or websites and spent an average of $398.62 this weekend, compared with $365.34 for last year’s Black Friday.
For Cyber Monday 2011, a snowballing 122.9 million Americans plan to shop online, up from the 106.9 million who shopped in 2010 according to a survey of Shop.org conducted by BIGresearch, Eager to meet consumers’ demands, nearly eight in ten (78.4%) retailers will have a special promotion for Cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation.
Cyber Monday was Amazon’s peak day last year, with more than 13.7 million items ordered worldwide -a record-breaking 158 items per second. Kindle Fire is currently the best-selling item across all of Amazon for 2011, and the online retailer has slashed prices on many popular Android devices to one penny (with a two-year contract).
Seattle24x7 got above the “clouds,” Apple’s, Amazon’s, and a cumulus-sized bank of other Puget Sound e-tailers, to spot a few of the bright spots on the Seattle landscape.
Eddie Bauer is offering (in preview) a whopping 40% discount on everything in stock, plus free shipping, with purchase of $49 or more. Use Code: CYBER40.
REI, a name synonymous with outdoor recreation, is offering a 30% discount on everything from socks to scarves.
Blue Nile, the leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, is partnering with LivingSocial to offer $200 worth of merchandise for $100. Blue Nile is the only jeweler included in LivingSocial’s Cyber Monday promotion.. Members can purchase the deal starting at 5 a.m. EST on Monday, November 28, and will receive a voucher the next day for redemption.
The Cheezburger Network is offering a whole 10% off your LOLmart order anytime from Friday, November 25th to Friday, December 2nd. Just enter the coupon code Holiday2012 at check out!
Big Fish Games has a Cyber Monday special: Download the game Be Richer($9.99 value) for just $0.99, a 90% savings, when you use the coupon code RICH99. Offer is good through 11/28.
Bellevue’s T-Mobile may be feeling scorned by suitor AT&T, but the potential dissolution of its anti-trusted marriage has not pre-empted this offer: For a very limited time (read “CyberMonday”), the T-Mobile G2 is free for new customers.
Hotels, cruise lines, airlines and travel companies are participating in the big Internet-only shopping day. With great deals on hotels, air tickets, ski resorts and more, it can be the perfect opportunity to lock in plans for next year’s vacation.
Alaska Airlines has brought their winter airfare sale back. You can find flights to/from several U.S. and Canadian cities including Dallas/Ft. Worth, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.
Need more Emerald City motivation? Here are a few product-specific deals from Amazon.com:
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V 10.2 MP Digital Camera for $199 (save $150)
Pentax K-5 Digital SLR (Body Only) for $999 (save $200)
Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle (includes Fable III and Halo Reach) for $199 (save $100)
Nokia N8 (Unlocked) for $299.99 (save $249)
Monster Diddybeats Headphones for $59.99 (save $89)
Mercer Cutlery Genesis 6-Piece Knife Set for $99.95 (save $150)
Panasonic Linear Vortex Shaving System for $78.99 (save $171)
“Twilight” series DVDs for $6.99 each.