December 1, 2016 12:05 PM EST

BETTER DEALS

As competition intensifies among major retailers, bargains are getting bigger. One steal: Walmart slashed the price of the popular 65-in. Samsung HDTV–normally $1,999–to $798.

TIGHT BUDGETS

A recent NRF poll found that 20% of respondents planned to spend less this holiday season because of the uncertain political climate.

LONGER SALES

Major chains like Best Buy and Amazon now offer deals throughout November rather than just on Black Friday, and many shoppers held out for Cyber Monday.

This appears in the December 12, 2016 issue of TIME.

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