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CYBER MONDAY for Online Christmas Shoppers.

Y'all can have your Black Friday. No thanks. Everything for Christmas by me is either being handmade or ordered online.

I read an article online about special internet sales starting this Monday. Here's an excerpt of the important info...

Wary Online Retailers Step Up Offers
Sunday November 25, 6:58 pm ET
By Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer



As the online holiday shopping season officially kicks off Monday, a number of retailers are hosting one-day sales or special offers for the occasion. The Monday after Thanksgiving, tagged "Cyber Monday" by the National Retail Federation, marks the first big online shopping surge for many merchants, as consumers go back to their work computers.

Toys "R" Us Inc. will hold a one-day online sale and rival eToys.com will launch a two-day sale. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will begin five days of online-only sales.

Online jeweler Blue Nile Inc. will give customers 20 percent off purchases paid through PayPal, eBay Inc.'s electronic payment division. Target Corp., Circuit City Stores Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Crate & Barrel, the Discovery Store and Overstock.com Inc. are among dozens of retailers offering free shipping that day.

Nearly one-third of retailers are having special one-day sales for Cyber Monday, according to the NRF's annual survey. The number of retailers planning some type of special promotion for the Monday after Thanksgiving has surged to 72 percent of those polled from 42 percent just two years ago.

L.L. Bean launched free shipping without a minimum purchase this holiday season and will also offer select online-only sale items through the holidays.

Free and premium shipping offers are popular this year. Blue Nile recently unveiled free FedEx priority overnight shipping, and Shoebuy.com launched a "Quick Ship Items" feature that ships selected gift items for free via UPS ground the same day if ordered before 4 p.m.

At Amazon.com Inc., spokesman Craig Berman said the retailer is stepping up convenience measures for the holiday season -- including 99-cent gift wrap -- in addition to free "Super Saver Shipping" on most orders of $25 or more.The retailer also has a membership program -- Amazon Prime -- that offers free two-day shipping on unlimited orders for a fee of $79 a year.

And at endless.com, Amazon's shoe site that launched last December, the company offers "Negative $5" overnight shipping -- free shipping with an additional $5 off a customer's total order when shipped overnight.

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