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Amazon offering discounts similar to Black Friday ones — but earlier

Amazon on Monday became the latest online retailer hoping to entice consumers to shop early for the holidays, announcing discounts similar to those found on Black Friday.

Amazon joins Target, Pottery Barn, Ulta Beauty and others launching early holiday promotions with hopes that a wider window for shoppers to make purchases will help ease supply chain hiccups that have left some store shelves bare and delayed packages.

The e-commerce company last year launched its annual online deal event Prime Day on October 13, after months-long delays due to pandemic lockdowns.

Amazon’s holiday discounts, which range from 15 percent to 40 percent, cover the most sought-after gift items including Apple’s Beats headphones, Mattel’s Barbie dolls and beauty products, the company said.

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