It's early October, but already the Internet is abuzz with talk of holiday shopping and Black Friday bargains.
As you may know, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when stores advertise their best deals for the coming holidays.
Deals are all supposed to be top secret, but Internet shopping sites like gottadeal.com are already posting what purports to be Black Friday shopping intelligence.
They have a link, which supposedly tracks availability on the new Elmo TMX toy, which is expected to be the season's hottest new item.
As a sign of how popular Black Friday info is, the site's free forum already has 70,000 plus members.
Then, there is fatwallet.com.
That site tracks coupons, rebates, discounts and reviews stores for the best deals and return policies.
Finally, dealsofamerica.com offers top picks based on bargain prices
It keeps a list of items that are essentially free, after rebates.