Minneapolis - Best Buy will hold a pre-season sale this weekend on Samsung and Sony products, smartphones from Verizon Wireless, and devices under its private-label Dynex and Insignia brands.
The chain's "Shop Early, Save Big" event follows pre-holiday promotions by Sears, Amazon.com and Walmart.
Deals include an exclusive eMachines laptop configured with an AMD V-Series Processor for $280; a 32-inch Dynex 720p, 60Hz LCD for $260; a Samsung Blu-ray Disc player for $120; HTC's Droid Incredible for Verizon Wireless for $100 with contract; Sony's PSP go handheld game console for $150; and an imaging package that includes an Insignia HD camcorder, Lowepro Edit 110 bag, Dynex 60-inch tripod, and PNY 4GB memory card for about $220.
Best Buy will also offer a $20 discount on select Disney Wii Family Games and 20-percent off MP3 speaker docks.
"We know that customers are looking to get a jump start on their holiday shopping," said Drew Panayiotou, Best Buy's senior VP U.S. marketing. "By offering them the opportunity to save on the latest and greatest technology gifts now and throughout holiday, we're reinforcing our commitment to provide an unmatched shopping experience both in-store and online this season with some of the best prices in the industry."
The chain said it will continue its "Shop Early, Save Big" sales event the following weekend with a new slate of discounted items.