With each passing year, it seems Black Friday begins earlier and earlier—6 a.m., then 5 a.m., then 4 a.m. This year, Black Friday is actually starting on Thanksgiving Thursday.
Walmart has announced it will open its doors at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39.
At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles.
Walmart will offer its biggest deals from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. The store will offer three items at low prices—an iPad, a TV and a Blu-ray player. If the store runs out, you can still buy them at discounted prices, but you must register for them online by midnight and have them delivered to your local store.
Some customers and employees aren’t happy about Black Friday's incursion on a national holiday. There are Facebook pages that urge customers to boycott stores open on Thanksgiving.
An employee who says she has worked at Target started a Change.org petition that has drawn 200,000 signatures. And there have been reports that a group of Wal-Mart employees are planning walkouts on Black Friday, the Washington Post reported.
One retailer agrees with the sentiment that Thanksgiving is not for shopping. Nordstrom proudly trumpets its longstanding tradition of not putting up Christmas decorations or starting holiday sales until the day after Thanksgiving. A sign in its store windows reads: “We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time.”
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