Macy’s is the latest major retailer to roll out its Black Friday deals well in advance of the big day, as industry analysts have already warned that discounts may be harder to find this year. Like many of its competitors, Macy’s is getting an early start in trying to snag holiday shoppers. The first deals roll out on Nov. 3.
“Shop for everything from women’s clothes, boots, shoes, and jewelry to must-have beauty gifts,” the company said in announcing the event. “Score a head-to-toe outfit for upcoming get-togethers & virtual meetups, too. Guys, we didn’t forget about you: stock up on everyday basics, workweek looks, and weekend loungewear. We’ve got the latest trends & winter essentials you’ll wear all season long.”
But with persistent supply chain constraints, apparel may be in short supply. After all, most clothing is now manufactured overseas, and container ships continue to be backed up in ports like Long Beach and Los Angeles.
The webpage announcing Macy’s Black Friday deals also contains this disclaimer: “While supplies last, select styles online & in stores.”
Consumers are being urged to shop early
A number of retailers have urged consumers to start their holiday shopping early since it’s not known how supplies will hold up. When ordering online, merchants have told consumers to prepare for shipping delays and to avoid procrastinating.
Among the deals that Macy’s will offer next week are:
Women’s coats from Charter Club and other designers, regularly priced from $75 to $249, starting at $24.99
Small appliances, starting at under $10
Fine jewelry at up to 70% off
Men’s designer dress pants from Calvin Klein, regularly priced at up to $95, sale priced at $29.99
Women’s shoes from GUESS and other designers 40% off
Cozy bedding 70% off
Clearance sale on watches with discounts of 50%
Marla, of Houston, is already shopping at Macy’s and tells us she likes what she sees.
“Prices are reasonable, always new arrivals,” Marla wrote in a ConsumerAffairs review. “I can also find stuff for my kitchen, customer service personnel is always professional and kind, stores always clean and in order. Good offers every season.”
Macy’s says it’s trying to give shoppers more options during the holidays. Stores are open early and late, and customers can explore several flexible pickup and shipping options.