(USA TODAY) -- Ho-ho-humph. For skeptics of holiday hype, here comes the last holiday sale of 2013.
all the holding off and cutting back that consumers have been doing,
retailers are hoping for a huge after-Christmas surge. But, once again,
they may be disappointed. That, however, is not going to stop retailers -
from Walmart to Macy's to Target - from giving one last Santa-approved
surge of after-Christmas deals.
For an early start, some online
sales, including at Target.com and Kohls.com, start on Christmas Day.
And for sales die-hards, many Walmart and Kohl's stores will open on
Thursday by 5 a.m.
"This is an especially big time for people who
got gift cards to come and spend on what they didn't get for Christmas,"
says Sarah McKinney, a Walmart spokeswoman. Indeed, it's the single
most popular day to redeem Target gift cards, says spokesman Antoine
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Among Thursday's biggest sales incentives and retail deals:
• Buy one, get one free. Macy's rolls out buy one, get one free deals on many men's dress shirts and designer suits, says spokeswoman Elina Kazan.
• Cheap appliances.
Sears is offering up to 40% off on appliances for shoppers who use
their Sears card to purchase appliances over $499, says spokesman Brian
• Free Gas. Kmart is offering its "Shop Your Way"
members 50 cents per gallon gas discounts when they spend $25 or more
on specific Procter & Gamble products.
• Half-price toys.
Target, hit by a credit card and debit card breach that affected up to
40 million consumers, plans sales of up to 50% off select toys and 40%
off thousands of apparel items. The sales have no relation to and were
not affected by the data breach, says LaFromboise.
• Items 25% to 50% off.
Walmart stores will have "thousands" of items at 25% to 50% off, says
McKinney. Among them: a Nintendo 3DS XL System for $199.96 - plus a $50
Walmart gift card, with purchase.
• $10 coupons. J.C.
Penney will offer coupons for $10 off purchases of $25 of more in a
Christmas Day circular and also a coupon that can be printed from its
website. The coupons are good through Dec. 28, says spokeswoman Daphne
• Hot toy deals. Buy one, get one 40% off on some
red-hot toys, including Skylanders figures and accessories, at Toys R
Us, through New Year's Day. The same offer applies to all video games.
The post-Christmas deals are three days longer than last year, says
spokeswoman Linda DeNotaris.
• Big incentives. At Kohl's,
shoppers who spend under $100 will save an additional 15% off nearly
everything in the store, while those who spend over $100 will save an
additional 20%, says spokeswoman Jen Johnson.
• 33% off men's wear.
Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale for men, which reduces prices as much as
33%, begins online Dec. 25 and in stores Dec. 26, says spokesman John
HOLIDAY SALES BY THE NUMBERS
3.9%: Percentage the National Retail Federation still expects 2013 holiday sales to increase
Down 3.5%: Weekly in-store retail sales decline from Dec. 16 through 22 according to ShopperTrak