Black Friday isn’t just a day. Not anymore. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, plus all the days in the march up to the holiday. Retailers have turned it into a month-long marathon, and are already promoting pre-doorbuster sales. They are slashing prices earlier than usual to lure buyers down aisles and onto Web sites.
It’s too early to determine whether it’s working. It’s not, however, too soon to alert you to some of the pre- and post-Black Friday happenings. As news dictates, I’ll share with you the latest on the topic. I’ll point out some of the really discounted items, but this won’t be a repository for every deal in town.
And if you hear of a deal that readers just shouldn’t miss, send me an email or post it in the comments below. This is for consumers, and not company representatives pushing stores and products.
Here’s the first bit of news: Wal-Mart will stay open from 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning through the evening of Friday Nov. 27, according to a Reuters report. That doesn’t impact the Wal-Mart Super Centers that are already open 24 hours, but there are 800 other stores around the country that are impacted. Last year, stores closed Thanksgiving evening and re-0pened on Friday morning.
Also, rather than lining up outside, customers will be able to spread out into various locations throughout the store. This, they hope, will help with crowd control. The actions stem in part from last year’s incident in which a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death on Black Friday when shoppers burst though the doors.
The official Black Friday deals still won’t happen until 5 a.m. Friday morning, but with customers lined up near displays for the hottest items, workers will be on hand to supervise the lines and prevent the scuffles that sometimes break out as shoppers jockey for merchandise.
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