The promotions come as retailers fret that shoppers will be slow to spend big on the holidays. Consumers are grappling with high gasoline prices, a weak housing market and a potentially weaking job market. All of these trends have chipped away at consumer confidence.
More than 147 million shoppers hit U.S. stores this Thanksgiving weekend, but average consumer spending fell, according to a National Retail Federation survey that included data from Thursday to Saturday and projections for Sunday.
The survey found customers spent an average of $347.44, down 3.5 percent from $360.15 last year.
That has retailers relying heavily on their Web sites to offer special deals or advertise holiday discounts.
Here's what the experts are telling CNBC about how sales are going so far.