Not to be outdone by rivals, Amazon has revealed a number of tech-related shopping deals on the table starting on Thanksgiving and through to Black Friday.
On Thursday, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant said Black Friday deals will start earlier than ever before, and bargains can be snatched up from Friday November 21.
New deals will be offered "as often as every ten minutes for eight straight days," according to the firm, including three "coveted" deals of the day starting on Thanksgiving at midnight, and three more on Black Friday.
"Our customers are redefining Black Friday shopping. They want to stay home with family, enjoy some turkey and football and shop the hottest deals from their phone, tablet or PC," said Steve Shure, Amazon's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. "Starting November 21, we will add new deals as often as every 10 minutes, for eight days, including tech, toys, tools and more."
Some of the tech-related deals we currently know about are below:
- Up to 45 percent off select Samsung TVs including: Samsung 40-inch Smart 1080p LED TV for $328; Samsung 55-inch Curved Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV for $1,298
- 32-inch LED TV, $79
- 40-inch 1080p LED TV, $119
- Toshiba 50-inch LED TV, $199
- VIZIO 55-inch Smart LED TV, $478
- LG 65-inch 120 Hz LED TV, $648
- Samsung 55-inch Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV, $899
- Save up to 20 percent on Intel-powered laptops and 2-in-1s
- LG G3 and HTC One M8 smartphones for $0.01 with a new 2-year contract
- Top selling DSLR with two-lenses for under $500
- Select Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones, $199.99
- Xbox One console at the lowest price ever from Amazon, plus over $150 value in digital content
- Roku LT Streaming Media Player, $28
- Panasonic Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player, $35
- Plantronics Bluetooth Headset, $19.99
Over 50 popular ebook titles will also be on offer for $1.99 each. Other tech deals on the table include Fitbit smart scales and health-related gadgets, wearables, automotive products and household items.
In addition, today only, Amazon Appstore is offering SpinArt for free. Starting on Thanksgiving, the company will be offering a "Free App of the Day bundle," which the company says includes over $115 in top paid apps and games for free. A number of apps which also be offered at a discounted rate of 50 to 90 percent.
Amazon says that between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday last year, customers ordered over five toys per second through mobile devices.
In order to boost awareness of the deals, Amazon has turned to social media via not only Twitter, but Instagram. The online retail giant is using a Snapchat account together with Instagram to send gift ideas, recommendations and exclusive deals. The first "snaps" will be sent out on Thursday to grab the attention of shoppers gearing up for Black Friday.
On the heels of Amazon's efforts, US carrier T-Mobile also revealed not only a free tablet for customers, but Simple Choice Plan customers can now make unlimited calls to landlines in over 70 countries for $5 a month. This rate is per account rather than per line, which means a full family of up to 10 lines can be included.
In related news, the Seattle-based firm has outfitted warehouses across the United States with squat, strong robotic helpers to assist staff in coping with the holiday rush. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Amazon's robots are expected to save pickers walking up to 20 miles per day, as the robots will bring four-foot-by-six-foot shelving units to them for items to be scanned.
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