WalMart offers it's earliest Black Friday shopping ever

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WalMart offers it's earliest Black Friday shopping ever
Thu, 11-08-2012 - 9:19am

In case any of you brave souls do the traditional Black Friday shopping, here's a little news item that might help!

Walmart is throwing its doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. It's also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

Those who are lined up inside the store between 10 p.m and 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving will be able to purchase the following items: an Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi for $399 plus a $74 Wal-Mart gift card; an Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148, down from the original $228; and an LG Blu-ray Disc player for $38, about half off the original price.

For those who are inside the store during that one-hour window on Thanksgiving and find the product sold out, Wal-Mart will offer a guarantee card for the item. The item must be paid for by midnight and registered online. The product will then be shipped to the store where it was purchased for the customer to pick up before Dec. 25.

I used to hit the Black Friday sales but for the last few years, it's just been way too insane for me. Anyone here planning on hitting the stores then?

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Registered: 11-14-2008

I used to do the Black Friday scene, too. But the last couple of years, I didn't bother.  "Fighting the crowds" isn't just a figure of speech anymore; the last time I went, there were actual fistfights breaking out... and that was just in the parking lot!

I actually found I could do just as good shopping on line, especially if you factor in the gas to hit the stores, the time spend standing in lines and expense of eating out. Wink At home, with jammies, coffee and no lines... yeah, that's the way to go shopping!

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Registered: 08-11-2008
On Black Friday I often go to a town an hour south of me that markets itself as a Book Village. There's a famous one in Wales called Haye on Wye, or something. This one's in the Catskills in New York State and is called Hobart. There are six or more bookstores in this tiny village that doesn't even have a traffic light. I went to Wal Mart on Wednesday for a lamp, I hope not to go back until sometime in January, if not later. No Black Friday shopping here! I shop local a lot though. Julia