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Holiday shopping season is starting earlier than ever

As shoppers prepare to welcome Halloween, the Black Friday deals have already arrived.

Major retailers including Target, Best Buy and Walmart are offering Black Friday prices at the same time as Amazon Prime Day on Oct. 13 and 14, the e-commerce company’s two-day shopping event.

“Prime Day is a shopping holiday,” said Best Buy CEO Corie Barry in an interview with NBC News. “That means lots of people are looking for great deals during the shopping holiday and we feel like it’s really important for us to play a role.”

Best Buy announced on Thursday dozens of deals on Oct. 13 and 14 from its yet to-be-released Black Friday ad, including a 70-inch Samsung 4K Smart TV for $529.99. Walmart is launching an online-only Big Save Event two days before Prime Day through Oct. 15. Target Deal Days will run during Prime Day with deep discounts across electronics, home, and

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Holiday shopping is starting earlier than ever, experts say

While Black Friday is typically considered the kick-off for holiday shopping, 2020 will be a little different — experts say retailers are starting their sales early.

How early? For some, October.

“Black Friday was always about being first,” Michael Brown, a partner at consulting firm Kearney, told CNBC. “But Black Friday is not going to be the launch of the holiday season this year. … It will happen softly over the next month or so.”

Earlier this year, Amazon said it would push back its annual Prime Day sales event — typically held in July — in an effort to keep employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon announced last week that Prime Day 2020 is slated for Oct. 13 and 14.

Not long after the news broke, other retailers announced major sales during the same time frame, McClatchy News previously reported.

Target’s Deals Days event will take place on

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Tesla cuts starting price for China-made Model 3 cars by 8%

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. electric car maker Tesla TSLA.O cut the starting price of its Chinese-made Model 3 sedans on Thursday by about 8% to 249,900 yuan ($36,805), once Chinese subsidies for electric vehicles are taken into account, according to its China website.

Previously, the starting price for Model 3 sedans made in Tesla’s Shanghai factory with a standard driving range was 271,550 yuan, after state purchase subsidies.

Sources told Reuters that the standard range Model 3 sedans would now come with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries which are cheaper than the nickel-cobalt-manganese (NMC) cells it used previously.

Tesla did not disclose what batteries the cheaper version uses.

The price for Model 3 vehicles with a longer range is now 309,900 yuan, down from 344,050 yuan.

Tesla started to deliver cars from the Shanghai factory in December, helping it save on shipping costs and tariffs for imported models.

Tesla sold

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Rides or shopping? The reopened American Dream mega mall will have both starting this week.

If you’ve been waiting for American Dream to reopen so you could scream at the top of your lungs on an indoor roller coaster or to add the perfect sweater to your fall wardrobe, you’ll be able to do both Oct. 1.

American Dream is scheduled to reopen Thursday after more than six of months of being closed due to the pandemic. The entertainment-heavy development in East Rutherford didn’t open when other indoor malls were allowed to June 29 because it only had one retailer doing business — IT’SUGAR, a three-story candy department store — prior to the COVID-19 closure.

And it also didn’t reopen Sept. 1 when Gov. Phil Murphy gave permission for indoor amusements to resume operations with restrictions. (Although, Big SNOW at American Dream did open then).

Now, more than a dozen stores have been granted certificates of occupancy since March and most of the rides at

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