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Walmart is Starting Black Friday On Thanksgiving

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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?

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  • eiskrystal
    Are these deals worth wrapping up your Thanksgiving Deals early?

    No.
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  • Americans have their priorities all screwed up. Thanksgiving and Christmas aren't supposed to be about "stuff".
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  • Northwestern
    mgilbertAmericans have their priorities all screwed up. Thanksgiving and Christmas aren't supposed to be about "stuff".In this country people care more about what they receive on Christmas rather than celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
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  • bigdragon
    Walmart is too late. I remember seeing Kmart ads advertising Black Friday in July. I think we should just rename Black Friday to National Save The Economy Day. This might be the first year I actually don't buy anything at all. I think paying those inflated gas prices to visit various family members is enough money spent this year.
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  • mightymaxio
    I did black friday one year with a friend and let me tell you the feeling of getting only 1 of the 20 tvs they had was pretty epic as you walked out of the store and a 1000 people are staring at you. Will I do it again heck no but it was fun with my friend although it snowed during the night waiting for the store to open which kind of sucked.
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  • jacobdrj
    northwesternIn this country people care more about what they receive on Christmas rather than celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.Not everyone in this country is of a faith that recognizes Christmas. But they enjoy the feelings of good will regardless, and since they have nothing better to do on the 25th, use the time that they get off work to shop, when possible...
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  • restatement3dofted
    northwesternIn this country people care more about what they receive on Christmas rather than celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
    Of course we do - fairy tales are for kids.
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  • ikefu
    I hate this. Black Friday use to be fun. Spend Thanksgiving with family and then a few of us cousins would take off after everything was winding down to go line up at the store we picked. It was a blast camping out as much as it was to shop.

    Now we'd have to miss a good chunk of our Thanksgiving to be able to do that. Screw you Walmart. Screw you for making your employees come in on Thanksgiving and for ruining our annual Black FRIDAY hangout.
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  • velosteraptor
    This is a good idea, maybe it will cut down on the horror stories we see every year around shopping season.
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  • thecolorblue
    northwesternIn this country people care more about what they receive on Christmas rather than celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.yawn
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