Online stores are slashing prices as a new front in the price war breaks out

Living in an economy that is going through the shredder has some benefits for consumers looking for price breaks. Ever since people realized they couldn't afford to drive much, the lack of demand has helped bring on low gas prices, for one thing. We have a built-in, believable excuse to use when a telemarketer calls ("I'd like to pay for your service, but I'm broke") if we're not the sort to just hang up on them. And since nobody is spending money and retailers really, really want your business, there are some incredible shopping deals to be had.

And nowhere is that more apparent lately than on the Web, according to a recent New York Times story. It's an insightful article with a lot of examples of the deals going on, and so for anyone who wants a quick cheat sheet on, I thought I'd provide you some of the deals the article mentions:


Scenes from Holiday Shopping

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Peter Ripka and New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning attend Judith Ripka's Holiday Shopping Night hosted by Eli Manning at Judith Ripka on November 17, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Judith Ripka)

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: David Ripka poses with New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning at Judith Ripka's Holiday Shopping Night hosted by Eli Manning at Judith Ripka on November 17, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Judith Ripka)

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Brian Ripka, New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning, and David Ripka attend Judith Ripka's Holiday Shopping Night hosted by Eli Manning at Judith Ripka on November 17, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Judith Ripka)

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Brian Ripka and his brother David Ripka speak with New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning at Judith Ripka's Holiday Shopping Night hosted by Eli Manning at Judith Ripka on November 17, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Judith Ripka)

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: A worker touches up the recently unveiled Lord and Taylor Christmas windows November 14, 2008 in New York City. The Commerce Department reported today that retail sales fell by a record 2.8 percent last month in another worrisome sign for the economy ahead of the holiday shopping season. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: People view the recently unveiled Lord and Taylor Christmas windows November 14, 2008 in New York City. The Commerce Department reported today that retail sales fell by a record 2.8 percent last month in another worrisome sign for the economy ahead of the holiday shopping season. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: People shop inside Macy's next to holiday decorations November 14, 2008 in New York City. The Commerce Department reported today that retail sales fell by a record 2.8 percent last month in another worrisome sign for the economy ahead of the holiday shopping season. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    This combo picture shows Japan's toy giant Bandai employee Hajime Kondo sticks his finger into the box from a small hole "Tuttuki bako", which has a LCD display showing his virtual finger and another object to interact with at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on November 14, 2008. Bandai, which introduced the toy in Japan on November 15 for the Christmas shopping season, aims to sell 100,000 units of tuttuki bako by the end of March. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Japan's toy giant Bandai employee Hajime Kondo sticks his finger into the box from a small hole "Tuttuki bako", which has a LCD display showing his virtual finger and another object to interact with such as a human face animation, a panda clutching a ball or a karate-practicing stickman at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on November 14, 2008. Bandai, which introduced the toy in Japan on November 15 for the Christmas shopping season, aims to sell 100,000 units of tuttuki bako by the end of March. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Japan's toy giant Bandai employee Hajime Kondo sticks his finger into the box from a small hole "Tuttuki bako", which has a LCD display showing his virtual finger and another object to interact with such as a human face animation, a panda clutching a ball or a karate-practicing stickman at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on November 14, 2008. Bandai, which introduced the toy in Japan on November 15 for the Christmas shopping season, aims to sell 100,000 units of tuttuki bako by the end of March. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Want a digital video recorder?
Dell.com is selling Sony's HDR-S11 high-definition digital video recorder, released in April with a suggested retail price of $1,200, for $899. Abe's of Maine, an electronics store, has it on its web site for $750. Free shipping with both deals.

Need a purse?
Lori's Designer Shoes (the store's tag line? "the sole of Chicago") is selling a brown leather Hype tote bag (retail price: $338) for $246, though they have a 20% discount coupon, so you can nab it for $196.80.

Looking for shoes?
Like Zappos.com? They're well known for some great deals, but if you want even better deals, check out 6pm.com, a clearance site owned by Zappos. Any shoes that they don't sell within six months can be found here.

Searching for a bit of everything?
Plasticland, an online boutique that sells clothes, home decor and jewelry, has moved prices to their clearance page a month earlier than usual, according to the Times. A necklace with a red apple pendant that was $65 is now $32.50, and a $54 serving platter is $37.80.

And then here are a few deals I dug up on my own.

BenefitCosmetics has a 25% discount on a lot of their products, and they say "two free samples with every order," though I'm not sure what that means (look, I'm a guy; I don't buy makeup, like ever), and they're also doing free shipping, as many online stores are, but only until November 25, if you make a purchase over $25.

PerfumeGifts.com is sellng Sandalwood Cologne for $24.65 (instead of the $40 retail price).

There's a Swatch Pit Line Unisex Watch going for $59.90, 52% off the $125 sale price at JomaShop.com.

Anyway, if you're looking for deals to be found on online stores, they can be found--and you don't have to wait until Black Friday. They're out there right now.

Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).





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