We've not even hung the Halloween lanterns and retailers are already thinking of ways to lure us in for Christmas shopping.
How about a $249 amethyst necklace for free? All you have to do is pay $24.95 in shipping.
That deal is from the online jewelry store Stauer, their president Michael Bisceglia told the AP they'll lose money on the deal but with a similar offer in the past, customers bought more jewelry. Bisceglia says "in this economy, you have to be outrageous." And other retailers are following suit.
More Deals Offered:
- The southern furniture chain Rooms To Go is offering free 3-D TV's with the purchase of a dollar amount of furniture
- Nordstrom is offering free shipping on most orders
- Sears will match-- and beat-- lower prices that customers find online (the offer only stands for prices of retailers that have physical locations)
- Britt Beemer, chairman of America's Research Group, a research marketing firm
This segment aired on October 21, 2011.