Amazon made most consumers including me believe that shipping is always free. Many other online stores are not offering free shipping all year round.. Most items that Amazon offers directly qualify for free Super Saving shipping ($25 or over). Several of the big retailers bring a free shipping option in time for the holidays to be able to compete with Amazon on that front. Walmart has just launched their free shipping option for orders over $50 again.
This year Black Friday is rather late falling on November 29th, 2013. Last year, Black Friday was on November 23rd. Retailers will have four full weeks to please you with special Black Friday 2013 sales until the culmination of the actual Black Friday and the encore on Cyber Monday 2013 (December 2nd).
According to Black Friday Countdown there are 41 days until Black Friday 2013. We will again provide full analysis and guidance of Black Friday Ads and Deals in our Black Friday Hub.