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By Brad Tuttle
Updated: October 15, 2020 3:14 PM ET | Originally published: October 12, 2020
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Walmart rolled out some amazing deals on smart TVs, Instant Pots, toys, and AirPods Pros — just before Amazon launched its own massive online sales event.

Amazon Prime Day normally takes place in the summer, but because of the coronavirus pandemic it was delayed in 2020 and now kicks off on Tuesday, October 13.

While Prime Day was created by Amazon (and its deals are exclusive only to members of the Amazon Prime subscription service), it’s become traditional for other major retailers to launch competing sales around the same time. Target has a big “Deal Days” sale set for October 13 and 14 — the same days as Amazon Prime Day deals are live — and Walmart has introduced its “Big Save” sales event even sooner: The deals are live as of Monday, October 12.

While Prime Day deals are available only to Amazon Prime members, who typically pay $12.99 per month or $119 per year after a 30-day free trial, no subscription is required for the latest deals at Walmart and Target. It’s easy to get free shipping on Walmart and Target orders too. Most orders of $35 or more come with free shipping from either retailer, and free in-store pickup is usually available as well.

It’s impossible to really know whether Prime Day or Black Friday will have the best deals this year, but one thing is pretty apparent: This week marks the unofficial beginning of the holiday deals season. Shoppers can look forward to aggressive sales and nonstop promotions starting now and lasting through New Year’s.

Walmart’s “Big Save” sale matches the cheapest price we’ve ever seen on Apple AirPods Pro, and it features special deals on everything from pressure cookers to smart TVs, and from Levi’s jeans to L.O.L. Surprise toys.

Here are some of the deals that jumped out at us as particularly good, though one day into Walmart’s sale some items were already listed as out of stock. The deals in Walmart’s Big Save Sale are available through Thursday, October 15, assuming they haven’t sold out.

Walmart Best Deals: Big Save Sale

Nintendo Switch Console, Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition: $299

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Nintendo Switch consoles have been mostly sold out in 2020, so while this is not a discount per se, it’s exciting that Walmart and some other retailers have this special edition readily available for purchase.

Apple AirPods Pro: $199 (list price $249)

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Walmart and Amazon both have AirPods Pro on sale at the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

ionVac Robot Vacuum Wi-Fi Connected: $99.99 (list price $179.99)

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Under $100 is dirt cheap for a robot vacuum cleaner, which can easily cost hundreds of dollars.

Lenovo Chromebook S330 14″ HD Display: $199 (list price $299)

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With the laptop shortage, it’s been hard to find basic Chromebooks in stock at any price, let alone a sale price. Here’s a rare deal.

Bissell PowerForce Compact Bagless Vacuum: $39.96 (list price $49)

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A solid name-brand vacuum at 20% off. Check out our best vacuum cleaner guide for more recommendations.

Barbie Estate Fully Furnished Closed & Go House: $29 (list price $57.30)

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OK, so the list price her from Walmart seems to be inflated — Amazon has the same item available for $39.99 at regular price. Even so, the $29 sale price is a solid deal.

JVC 32″ HD Roku Smart TV: $98 (list price $129.99)

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If you’re in the market for a smaller smart TV, here’s a great deal under $100.

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: $169.99 (list price $199.99)

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It’s the lowest price for this Apple Watch model that we’ve seen so far.

Calvin Klein Eternity Cologne for Men: $26.91 (list price $72)

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Here’s a super cheap price on a popular holiday gift for guys.

LEGO Marvel Avengers Ultimate Quinjet 76126: $59.97 (list price $79.99)

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If your kids constantly ask for Legos, you probably know that big discounts like this are hard to come by.

Dyson V8 Animal+ Cordless Vacuum: Refurbished for $199.99 (list price $279.99)

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A brand-new version of this Dyson vac usually costs around $400. But you can cut that price in half if you buy one officially refurbished by Dyson, while it’s on sale via Walmart. (Here are more Dyson vacuum deals, by the way.)

Fluxx FX3 Hoverboard: $89 (list price $199)

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Here’s a dirt cheap price on a self-balancing hoverboard that could make a great gift for someone on your holiday shopping list.

L.O.L. Surprise! Glitter Globe Doll Winter Disco Series: $6.88 (list price $10.88)

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L.O.L. Surprise toys have been extremely popular for the past two holiday seasons, and they’re sure to be hot sellers again this year.

Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans: $35.70

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Big discounts on “501 Original” Levi’s jeans are rare, so this is a very solid deal.

JVC 55″ 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: $248 OUT OF STOCK (list price $399.99)

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Black Friday is known for cheap TV deals, but here’s a genuine bargain on a large smart TV you can snag early.

The Pioneer Woman Instant Pot LUX60 6-Quart: $49 OUT OF STOCK (list price $99)

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This six-function version of the incredibly popular Instant Pot is half off at Walmart right now.

Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp 8-in-1 6.5-Quart Pressure Cooker: $149 (list price $169)

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Here’s a big discount on a quality brand of kitchen appliances — which some people prefer over the Instant Pot.

Monopoly Fortnite Edition: $12.88 (list price $15.88)

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Another early gift to consider on sale, for the video game (and board game) lover in your house.

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