Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: the holiday season has begun

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If you get the feeling that the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year, you aren't alone. Everyone one I know is crabbing about the fact that it's not even Halloween and some stores are already stocking Christmas items. While I am not a fan of stretching out the holidays for a full 3 months, I do like to get my shopping done early.

If you are looking to get a jump on your shopping for the kids in your life, you might consider stopping by Wal-Mart. Last year, Wal-Mart stressed out other retailers by slashing prices on toys in mid-October. This year, they are starting even earlier and have already cut prices 10% to 50% on their Top 12 Toys of Christmas. These top toys include last year's favorite Kid Tough Digital Camera, Aqua Dots Super Studio from Spin Master and an as yet to be revealed new Elmo doll. You'll have to wait until November 8th to find out what the little annoying little red guy is up to this year.

While these lower toy prices might be a boon for those wanting to finish up their holiday shopping before even handing out the Halloween treats, some experts think cutting prices this early might actually hurt Wal-Mart in the long run. "When you cut prices that deep, Wal-Mart will probably get a good [sales] month in October but could be sold out of the hot toys by December," said Jim Silver, the editor and co-publisher of Toy Wishes.

You hear that? The hot toys could be sold out by December! No pressure or anything.

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