We're five weeks away from Black Friday and already major retailers are dropping prices to entice early shoppers into the stores and onto their websites. Amazon has been discounting prices for months and, as a result, its third-quarter sales surged 39 percent. We combed the websites and sale circulars of some major appliance and equipment retailers and found prices cut on some top performers. Some stores are throwing in free delivery and haulaway deals to sweeten the deal.
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• Hoover WindTunnel Anniversary Edition U6485-900 upright vacuum marked down to $189, with free shipping.
• Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central is $65.50; a factory-reconditioned model is $52.98.
• Weed Eater’s FB25 gasoline-powerd handheld leaf blower is $68.60. The handheld electric Toro 51599 is $69.97.
• Olympus’ Outback 8x21 RC1 binoculars are $43.99.
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• All Energy Star-qualified appliances are 10 percent off and include free delivery and recycling.
• Select Kenmore Elite dishwashers and Kenmore Elite high-efficiency washers and dryers are 30 percent off.
• All Kenmore Elite freezers are 25 percent off.
• Some Kenmore, KitchenAid and Whirlpool appliances and Maytag washers and dryers have had their prices cut by 20 percent.
• Craftsman 25 cc gas blower is $89.99; a Craftsman 30-inch poly leaf rake is $14.45.
• All Energy Star-qualified appliances have been reduced by 10 percent, including free haulaway of old appliances.
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• Check the “Just reduced” page for more sales.
Appliance discounts |
• Discounts of 10, 15 and 20 percent for buying two, three or four major appliances.
• Some pairs of steam-equipped washing machines and dryers are 15 percent off.
• Gift cards ranging from $25 to $150 are being offered with the purchase of some Maytag appliances.
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