GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - On your wallets, get set, go! It's already time to start your holiday shopping. Even though we're still a few days out from Black Friday, retailers don't think it's too early to give you some great deals.
Holiday sales are expected to be weak this year, with the National Retail Federation predicting a one percent drop from last year, and new polls showing shoppers aren't up for big spending.
So, to get you in and your wallet open, stores are going out of their way to get your attention and, in turn, your money.
"Because that's what people really expect this year are good deals,” says Jammie McCloud, marketing manager at Mesa Mall. “So they're trying to give shoppers what they want and what they expect."
Even before Black Friday, you can sink your credit card into some serious holiday sales. "There are some sales already going on throughout the mall,” says McCloud.
If you aren't up for making a trip out of the house, QVC is bringing Black Friday sales right into your living room, starting Thanksgiving evening.
Amazon.com is using the power of the Internet to seek out great Black Friday deals elsewhere, and then offering them to you right now on their site.
And some deals will be around long after the turkey leftovers are gone.
Mesa Mall is doing its part to get shoppers in the door this whole holiday season. "We're offering a free gift every Friday to the first shoppers who come in and redeem the gift offer," says McCloud.
"On Friday, the first 200 customers can get a coupon for a free latte from Culinary Corner... it's a nice thing to wake them up," says Beth Zanski, co-owner of Culinary Corner.
And the perks don't stop there. There are also photos with Santa, child care, security escorts out to your car after dark and mall gift cards that won't lose value if you don't use them right away.
But despite these season–long specials, McCloud says, "Black Friday is always the big push. They can expect even bigger and better sales on Black Friday."
Opening up ridiculously early the day after Thanksgiving, some stores are offering shopping at 4 a.m. since Black Friday is still the official kick–off to helping you get straight into that spending spirit.
For a link to the Mesa Mall Black Friday specials, which should all be up by Thursday, click on the link below.