Target gets an early start on Cyber MondayTarget (TGT) is getting a head start on the biggest online shopping day of the year.

The cheap-chic discounter sent out an email blast on Sept. 26 touting "Cyber Monday in September."

Cyber Monday refers to the Monday after the Black Friday weekend -- the shopping marathon that kicks off the holiday selling season -- when retailers trot out mega-sales and promotions online, and consumers load up their virtual shopping carts.

"Lucky You. These Cyber Monday deals couldn't wait until November. Better hurry," coos Target.com's email blast.

Target's Cyber Week Monday doorbusters, valid until 11:59 p.m., include Mossimo jeans for $16, and a second pair for free; $34.99 for an Epson WorkForce 325 wireless printer, slashed from $99.99; and $74.99 for a KitchenAid Classic 10-piece cookware set, down from $149.99.

Target's Cyber Week prices are valid through Oct. 1.

Some industry watchers are already predicting robust online retail sales this holiday season.

According to Deloitte's holiday retail forecast, issued on Monday, non-store sales -- three-quarters of which are online, with catalogs and interactive TV comprising the rest -- are expected to rise 14% this holiday season, outshining brick-and-mortar sales.

Overall, the accounting and consulting firm forecasts small holiday retail sales gains this season in the 2.5% to 3% range, as the slow economic recovery and uncertainty overseas "are sending shivers through consumers this fall," Deloitte said, in a statement.

And retail sales on Cyber Monday will likely outpace business in 2010, Alison Paul, leader of Deloitte's retail practice, tells DailyFinance.

"The difference [this year] is higher gas and food prices," she says. "Food prices are up 10% to 22%, depending on the commodity."

In turn, more shoppers, who are also time pressed, will opt to shop online, making "Cyber Monday even bigger this holiday season," she says.




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hemipwr54

Target needs to get a jump because Target is in terrible trouble , Target's views is "The Customer is WRONG" .
They throw paying customers out of Target and refuse to honor goods sold , last time I encountered a company like that (CompUSA) they were out of business in a few short months , keep it up Target you will be the loser for Walmart doesn't turn paying customers away , and CUSTOMERS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT AT WALMART !

September 27 2011 at 12:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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sandrew203

I agree. Target shouldn't have the attitude that the customer is wrong. This time of year isn’t about shopping in large crowds and angry drivers. Buying gifts should be a good experience with no anxiety involved especially from the store. Personally, I like shopping with QVC. I can shop for great gifts and they have really great customer service. There Cyber Monday deals and Black Friday deals are posted already at http://www.qvc.com/cyber-monday/ and at http://www.qvc.com/black-friday/

November 21 2011 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
darinw40@mail.com

In this household there will be no holiday spending whatsoever until employers change their greedy ways...you get what you deserve ......

September 27 2011 at 5:15 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Gram, Ty&Dill

This Christmas shopping season (such as it is for most of us) would be a great time to search out American Made products. Patronize local businesses , there really is alot available if you just look a little harder. The job you save/create may be you're own.

September 27 2011 at 3:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dgframer

As an independent shop keeper, I would hope that people take your message to heart. However I am not optimistic. Shoppers are usually ill informed and ,dare I say greedy. I regularly see UAW workers, who expect buyers to buy their goods, buying shopping cart loads of goods made oversees. Many of these goods have domestic competition, but the UAW doesn't seem to care. Have you ever heard of a union pledge from their members to buy American?
In spite of this, we keep trucking along and hope that the message gets out.

September 27 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply