Black Friday Shopping Event Starts Early at CVS/pharmacy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy, America's largest retail pharmacy, today unveiled a week-long holiday promotion offering shoppers a wide variety of doorbuster deals before "Black Friday" on high-quality gifts, affordable electronics, seasonal decor items and daily essentials. From Sunday, November 23 through Saturday, November 29, CVS/pharmacy customers can use their ExtraCare cards to take advantage of extra savings and rewards on gifts and holiday-related purchases, as well as everyday needs.

Deep discounts from November 23 - 29

As part of the week-long promotion, the "GPS Navigation System for Dummies," normally $129.99, will cost only $89.99 plus ExtraCare cardholders will receive $10 back in instant Extra Bucks; this equates to $50 in savings. Coby and TDE Digital Photo Frames will be marked down to $79.99 with an additional $20 rewarded in instant Extra Bucks for buyers. The popular Kodak EasyShare Camera is available for $89.99 plus cardholders will receive $20 in instant Extra Bucks. Craig 2G MP3 players are also available for only $24.99 with $5 rewarded back in instant Extra Bucks, meaning that shoppers will ultimately spend only $19.99 for the gift.

CVS/pharmacy shoppers can also select from a variety of gift options that are essentially available for under $10 after instant Extra Bucks that include: Rival crock pots, Oster rice cookers, Black and Decker coffee makers, air popcorn machines, electric griddles, portable CD players, designer fragrances, luxury hot/cold spa sets and other personal pampering items.

"As we move into what is an incredibly busy time of year for families, we want to give our customers an opportunity to shop for holiday values earlier than ever before," said Mike Bloom, senior vice president of merchandising, CVS/pharmacy. "Knowing that our customers are looking to save both time and money, CVS/pharmacy offers one-stop holiday shopping for a variety of great gifts you would never expect to find at your local drugstore."

In-store and online holiday savings throughout the season

Throughout the entire holiday season, shoppers can choose from an assortment of toys, games, electronics, and beauty items as well as a wide selection of gourmet chocolates and candies. For consumers looking to personalize gifts with photos, all orders placed on or at the photo kiosk by December 11 are guaranteed to arrive prior to Christmas Day and in-store photo books, calendars and collages are available for same day service. Each week, CVS/pharmacy store circulars will present additional holiday promotions and opportunities for customers to take advantage of instant Extra Bucks deals.

With more than 6,300 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia, CVS/pharmacy is a convenient destination to pick up holiday gifts. Shoppers can skip the mall traffic and select from 220 gift card options from popular retailers such as Nordstrom, Gap, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, restaurants and spas.

For those shopping online for bargains, the recently re-launched now includes an online Holiday Center. The Holiday Center features easy-to-navigate gift ideas and recommendations for everyone on the list. will also offer Black Friday promotions for gifts like the Homedics Shiatsu Massager and the Kodak Digital Camera for $89.99 each, both originally $99.99.

Now through December 6, all shoppers who register their ExtraCare cards online will receive "Triple Extra Bucks" for dollars spent on all non-pharmacy merchandise. Free shipping is available for all non-pharmacy orders of $49 or more.

All CVS/pharmacy locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day. To locate the store closest to you, please visit Many CVS/pharmacy locations will offer extended holiday hours throughout the season and most 24-hour stores will remain open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

How CVS/pharmacy's ExtraCare program works

With more than 55 million active cardholders, CVS/pharmacy's ExtraCare program is the largest retail rewards program in the nation. Participants earn 2% back on nearly every purchase they make, delivered in the form of 'CVS/pharmacy dollars' called Extra Bucks. The program is free and only takes minutes to join in-store or on Extra Bucks are paid out at the beginning of each quarter, online and on the bottom of customer receipts. Additionally, cardholders receive instant Extra Bucks every time they shop, simply by purchasing specially-advertised items like many of the holiday items detailed above.