Toys R Us is extending its free layaway program through Dec. 16 as retailers arm themselves with extra frills and promotions to fight for shoppers this holiday season.
The free service was previously scheduled to end Oct. 31, with customers to be charged $5 to lay items away after that date.
The toy merchant said the change was made after hearing positive feedback from shoppers.
“Since we introduced our new free layaway offer in early September, we’ve seen a fantastic response from parents and gift-givers who value the opportunity to pay for their holiday purchases over time, without having to incur an upfront fee," said Troy Rice, Toys R Us executive vice president of stores and services, in a statement.
The move is just the latest attempt by Toys R Us to one-up its competitors. The company rolled out this year a reservation program to allow people to nab some popular gifts well before anxious shoppers start rushing to malls. Harried parents can reserve them in stores until Oct. 31, pay a 20% deposit, then pick them up and pay the rest by Dec. 16.