Black Friday news and notes: Wal-Mart to open Thanksgiving morning

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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42 comments Add your comment

Brown Thursday

November 12th, 2009
4:22 pm

I agree 100% with Blonde Thursday. AMEN!

jg

November 12th, 2009
4:23 pm

There is something wrong when you can’t just close for the day at let your employees have a day home with their families….my son used to work for Walmart and I would bring plates of food to him and his friends….

The thrill is the hunt the morning AFTER Thanksgiving – Target will be my first stop. Sorry Walmart – you lose.

The Georgia Truth

November 12th, 2009
4:25 pm

I would rather suck the snot out of a rabid possum than I would stand next to Blond Thursday at a Target that promotes pickle kissing sugar britches.

If Target was a valid player they would have a store in every town like Wal-mart does.

jg

November 12th, 2009
4:26 pm

pickle kissing sugar britches….hahahhahahhahhaha that is funny!

Becky

November 12th, 2009
4:38 pm

@Blonde Thursday..Did someone piss in your Cheerios this morning? I have a cousin that works for Walmart and I don’t consider her any of the cutesy names that you thought of..Lives in a home (on the lake) that is paid for, drives a Lincoln Town car and a Maxima, has 2 grown children that both live in very nice homes, one graduated from UGA and the other from Valdosta State..

So go on to Target to shop..Target where they won’t exchange items with a store tag still on it or give you credit for games that have never been open with a Target tag on it that was a duplicat gift for Christmas and the dipstick behind the counter says she didn’t know if it actually was bought there or if it was stolen..

littleman tate

November 12th, 2009
4:42 pm

I swear, anyone who sneers at another person for the lowliness of their job, class, religion, race, and where they live, needs to have their garbage and sewage service cut off for five years. After being forced to live in their own filth for a while, they will learn to be respectful towards other people despite differences.

A Class Divided

November 12th, 2009
4:51 pm

@littleman tate …yes you are correct this should be what happens to people who put down working people.

Then again, I guess we should praise Blonde Thursday for only putting down white and black folks and leaving the rest out of it…I guess that’s progress.

“Burger Flippers” Unite!!

Jdp

November 12th, 2009
4:55 pm

Agreed with the last 4 of you, there’s alot of hate and judgment around herets lately and it all seems to be directed at those who shop at walmart instead of lenox or phipps. Somebody must pay their bills for them b/c if they were earning/writing those checks they might rethink their comments on people trying to save money and get by.

Have Mercy!

November 12th, 2009
4:59 pm

What are you thinking Blonde and Brown Thursday! “Those people” working at Walmart are your neighbors! Which in turn wouldn’t say to much for you now would it. Whatever happened to love thy neighbor? Geez I thought this blog is about shopping and sales?

ashley

November 12th, 2009
5:23 pm

i would just like to be updated on big sales for black friday!!!!!

Courtney

November 12th, 2009
5:34 pm

Wal-Mart just lost every good employee they might have ever had. Attention: If you spend your Thanksgiving at a Wal-Mart then you are probably a LOSER!

Harry

November 12th, 2009
5:39 pm

Not going to comment on Blonde Thursday’s post…However, it is disappointing that any store opens it’s doors ON Thanksgiving day. A day that should be spent with family and friends…not working and dealing with shopper madness. Is it going to kill any store to close 2 days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas? Either way, I will wake up Friday morning after Thanksgiving and stay home and watch football. Not going to go through any of the shopper madness!

Marcel

November 12th, 2009
5:40 pm

Shame on the individuals who are trying to put others down. For those of you interested in Black Friday deals, check out the following sites immediately: http://www.dealnews.com, http://www.dealcatcher.com and http:bfads.net. Happy shopping and savings.

Buddafuco

November 12th, 2009
6:07 pm

lol “I would rather suck the snot out of a rabid possum”, I am not worthy mr truth.

figpucker

November 12th, 2009
6:23 pm

Regardless, jg is correct. People in this country need to have lives not just the low wage slavery we are given. People should be home on Thanksgiving (and on Sundays too, IMHO). This is the reason I will go to Target or anywhere else…other than Walmart.

Amanda

November 12th, 2009
6:58 pm

Have any of you ever gone through Wal-Mart’s hiring process? It’s quite rigorous. You have to supply a complete 10 year employment history, go through three 1 hour interviews and submit to a drug test before you can even be considered hired. And they are one of the few places that will pay you based on your job experience, regardless of being in supervision or not. That said, after the hiring process is over, the customer service training seems to never occur. Nonetheless, Wal-Mart sells a lot of inferior products to any other chain store. That’s why they’re so cheap. The Sony you buy at Wal-Mart is not the same Sony you buy at Best Buy or Target. They make cheap ones for Wal-Mart to sell and then send the higher quality ones to other chains. Check the model numbers, you’ll be surprised.

Barbc

November 12th, 2009
8:35 pm

Regarding Georgia Truth, in Irvine CA we have 5 or 6 Targets, lost track, but NO Walmarts.

ShopperGurl

November 12th, 2009
9:15 pm

I live in a town where walmart ran everyone else out…no more kmart…no more goodys…no more bi-lo…however, last year we did get a brand new target and I must say they are giving walmart a run for their money…I think with today’s economy you are lucky to even have a job even if it is at walmart…most of the people who work at my walmart are just regular people…anyway…any good ads?

Sugarapple

November 12th, 2009
10:43 pm

There are some worker who do not celebrate Thanksgiving. I for one live by self and could use the extra money working on Thanksgiving. So Blondie speak for your self. Your bread must be buttered on two sides

lilly

November 12th, 2009
11:49 pm

Blonde……….that’s harsh….. wanting people to burn in the eternal lake of fire……
I think that they should be closed ( All stores) on Thanksgiving. A paid day off for the employees

my two cents

November 12th, 2009
11:50 pm

There are great employees and rude lazy dirtbags at every big box chain store, whether retail or discount. That aside, I will take Target over Wal-Mart for two big reasons: 1) Target does its best to provide employment to mentally and physically challenged individuals who would otherwise not be working, and 2) They get a heck of a lot less of their stuff from Chinese sweatshops than Wal-Mart does. Still, given the choice I would much rather support a local ma-&-pa store than any corporate behemoth in Arkansas or Minnesota or anywhere else.

BILLY

November 13th, 2009
1:44 am

YOU GUYS REALLY SUCK

BILLY

November 13th, 2009
1:46 am

THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT BLACK FRIDAYS ADS …,MOAN AND GROAN..AMERICA THIS AND THAT….CROFTMAN 5000 IS THE MAN

xtelman

November 13th, 2009
2:22 am

I prefer Walmart over Target any day.
Am I the only one that knows Target will not hold their jobs for people that are called up for military
duty? Walmart not only holds their jobs but GARENTIES work upon return.

haha

November 13th, 2009
9:07 am

it’s amusing when people CAPITALIZE words for emphasis but completely neglect to spell it correctly in the process.

anyhow, i really dont think walmart being open on thursday til the official 5am black friday pricing is such a good idea… it’s going to get ugly inside.

dee

November 16th, 2009
9:46 am

1. We are supposed to love our neighbors.
2. We are not supposed to judge others.
3. If Walmart sticks to its black friday plan, it is going to get ugly….I hope they have a direct line to the
National Guard…..they’ll need it.

dee

Amanda

November 16th, 2009
9:56 am

Yes it is hard when your family has to work on Thanksgiving Day. My Husband works at Walmat and did last year havce to work on Thanksgiving Day, but do you know that his walmart provided their employees and familes a dinner so we could be together? Walmart is not a bad company and yes each store should close on Thanksgiving and Christmas but we are not trailer trash. He had a good job but becasuse of the economy he was laid off. Walmart was hiring and he took it and he moved up in the job. We do not have a Target but when we lived in a city with Target we could not afford it. We are doing really well for ourselfes and that is thanks to his job at Walmart. God Bless everyone and May you have a wonderful family filled Thanksgiving and be careful the day after if you go shopping anywhere.

jenn

November 16th, 2009
12:06 pm

I, personally try to avoid shopping on Black Friday. Its too chaotic! I did want to say one thing about stores that are open on Thanksgiving and other holidays….mostly they are stores that carry groceries and what would we do if we forgot an important ingredient for our meal and every single store was closed? If NO ONE shopped on holidays then it wouldn’t be profitable for the stores to be open! If you really want everyone to be home with their family, then don’t shop on holidays! That being said…I have several friends that work retail, that are single and their families live in another state, that like working holidays because they would have nothing else to do and get paid time and 1/2 for holiday pay. So……

Dave

November 16th, 2009
12:56 pm

Amanda Ok I gave you the benefit of the doubt. I checked model #`s on a sony playstation 3 at Walmart, Target, Bestbuy< and even the Kroger near me who, yes does carry items like this during Christmas. All were the same. Now that this conspiracy theory is exposed, can we please get back to the black friday ads?

Jjeannene

November 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

Harry, I agree with you.

I feel that all stores should close Thanksgiving and Christmas.

People know when these two major holidays are comming and should purchase what they need before the holidays get here.

It is just another way for the greedy merchants to make $$$$

The Georgia Truth

November 16th, 2009
7:16 pm

This is not Irvine, CA. This Thanksgiving I am thankful that WalMart is doing what it can to remain competitive and keep it’s stores open so hard working Americans have that as a place of employment. They have fair prices and have designed the business to make products affordable for us.

Angela

November 17th, 2009
8:20 am

regardless of the so called class of people that work and buy at retail stores……please remember that before you start bashing them as employers, a person is NEVER forced to work there. People work at these places by choice. [exit soapbox]

I have been known to shop on black friday for the more obscure items. I’ve saved a good amount of money doing that. I was disappointed in the way a local walmart handled sales prior to 0530. Instead of any kind of order, the display Nazi told people that if they want the item, they had to stand around the items and put their hands on the one they want until 0530…silly. At the same walmart, but another display, the other display Nazi allowed people to put the items in their cart, but they had to stay near the display until 0530, cart and all………you really had to be there to see that one.

Personally, I don’t shop at either retailer unless absolutely necessary. Its amazing what can be purchased at the smaller retailers.

Be nice, don’t complain about your capitalism that you embrace in this country. At least with walmart, you can actually afford to buy some groceries from time to time. (just don’t do it on black friday) lol

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America - Free Speech

November 18th, 2009
2:50 pm

It’s BLACK FRIDAY PEOPLE..an AMERICAN CONSUMERS HEAVEN!!!…who cares whether Walmart is better then Target…have you people never been outside your country where there are third world countries where people WOULD DIE and RUN Long stretches of desert and cross treacherous BORDERs to work on THANKSGIVING or CHRISTMAS to get paid that well to feed their children! You should feel so lucky and honored that we can sit here and argue about such petty stuff like this on a blog while there are STARVING families out there with absolutely no work or get paid 3$ an hour for slave work!!! I think we as American’s are EXTREMELY SPOILED and should be THANKFUL for that this THANKSGIVING! Even our homeless are well taken care of compared to other countries! BE HAPPY and BE BLESSED!

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Anita

November 18th, 2009
8:10 pm

I strongly agree with that. God bless to all.

peter benchly

November 19th, 2009
12:25 am

hey america free speech. i’ve got on answer for the desert people. move to where the water is. or food or medicine.
also when bread costs a nickle in your country its probably easier to live on $3 an hour than here where a loaf of bread now costs $3.50 and the wage min is 7.65. we are blessed and if more people would get off their butts and get whatever job came their way until the right job came along we would all be better off.
also i have seen the alleged best buy ad and its awful. the prices are better to buy at walmart now.

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Tonia

November 20th, 2009
12:28 pm

Wow.. ok hopefully to end all this mania.. i hope this site helps.. i think it is all the upcoming ads for black friday… all of of you who are downing our fellow brothers and sisters… shame on you.. and i pray you find peace within yourself and have blessed holidays!!

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Jimmy D.

November 23rd, 2009
11:48 pm

Open on Thanksgiving? SHAME on walmarts management as well as walmart shoppers all who don’t give a dam about Thanksgiving and want that pit opened. What the hell wrong with people? Take a day off and be thankful for what you have, it won’t hurt anybody.
By the way if you shop at walmart you support China. Ask yourself is this really good for Americans? You know what the answer is.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving