Thursday is the new Friday.
Every year, as we stuff ourselves silly at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, retailers prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year. However, it seems Walmart is going to be kicking things off a little early this year. The retailer is apparently starting Black Friday deals and offers from 8:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Walmart today announced that it would be opening at 8:00pm on Thursday, November 22, the earliest its ever opened for Black friday sales. In-store specials will start at 8:00pm and a big electronics event will start at 10:00pm. A weekend of discounts and special offers for those not willing to ditch out on Thanksgiving Day celebrations early will start at 5:00am on Friday morning.
Customers in line between 10:00pm and 11:000pm on Thanksgiving Day will be guaranteed access to the iPad 2, a n Emerson 32-incyh LCD TV, and an LG Blu-ray player at a discounted price.
"We know it's frustrating for customers to shop on Black Friday and not get the items they want," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer, Walmart U.S. "This year, for the first time ever, customers that shop during Walmart’s one-hour event will be guaranteed to have three of the most popular items under their tree at a great low price."
This isn't the first year Walmart has started its sales before Black Friday actually started, but it is the earliest. Last year, the chain kicked things off at 10:00pm, so this year will see folks get another two hours of shopping time. However, for those that like to queue up prior to stores opening, it also means having to leave the house earlier to ensure a good spot. Are these deals worth wrapping up your Thanksgiving Deals early?