The early bird gets the worm – but the last-minute shopper gets the big discounts.
CNBC’s Margaret Brennan reports that major New York department stores are slashing merchandise prices in hopes of luring in procrastinators – who might have been waiting for just such enticements.
She says Saks’ flagship Fifth Avenue store is offering many items at 40% off – and that’s a second price cut on a lot of those pieces, which had already been discounted this season.
Bloomingdale’s and the legendary Macy’s – both units of Federated Department Stores – are each knocking a myriad of their items down by 50%.
Goldman Sachs retail analyst Adrianne Shapira says this weekend is one of “paramount importance": historically, two key holiday shopping days have always been Dec. 23 and the Saturday before Christmas – and this year, both points coincide.
But don’t fear a human logjam at the doors: Chris Horvers, retail analyst at Bear Stearns, believes that stores like Best Buy and Circuit City learned a logistics lesson on Black Friday, and will be prepared to receive the eager shopping hordes.