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Wal-Mart's Black Friday starts Thursday night

This year it wasn't deal sites providing a sneak peek of Wal-Mart's holiday shopping specials weeks ahead of time. It was the retailing giant itself.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 10, 2011 1:12PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer at MSN Money.


At midnight Thursday, Wal-Mart released its own Black Friday ad to the Web -- a three-tiered sale, starting with a toy, video game and home sale at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, followed by a midnight electronics sale, with the remaining deals available at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.


Retailers, desperate to court shoppers in this rough economy, are opening and advertising earlier to get strapped shoppers spending more at their stores.


The three different start times might be a bit confusing, but a number of deals Thanksgiving night may be hot enough to make some shoppers wait the two hours between sales, including:

Moreover, the store is offering decent deals on clothes, small appliances, DVDs and a $100 Wal-Mart gift card dangled to all smart phone buyers (with contract) on Black Friday. Post continues below.


"It's always worth a visit," says Brad Olson, founder of


And, as in years past, Wal-Mart could add more online-only deals to the mix in the days leading up to Black Friday.


Are these bargains hot enough to get you out braving the cold and crowds?


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Nov 11, 2011 12:12PM
Nov 11, 2011 1:57AM
so i have to work on thanksgiving at thhe china mart 7-11 at night with stupid people running for a game yay and i thought i would be able to escape the march of the mental people over a game or tv yay
Nov 10, 2011 8:11PM
i love it. with this set up i will actually be able to do some shopping this yr. i thought i wouldnt cuz we fly out friday morning n needed to be on the road at 7am. with these deals  i can get some things i want n still make my flight!!!
Nov 10, 2011 2:56PM

Are these bargains hot enough to get you out braving the cold and crowds?


No. (Shoulda put a set of "Vote" buttons on this story.)

Nov 10, 2011 7:46PM

Cloathes in particular aren't really worth it at Wal-Mart.  I tried them once, the pair of pants was getting a hole in the crotch < 6 months after the fact.  From a dept store, I've got pants that are wearable, without any holes or anything to show such age, which were bought 4-5 years ago.


As the phrase goes with that, you get what you pay for; and with cloathes in particular, buying em at Wal-Mart for your friends would only be a good idea if you really wanted to see their descrete areas by summer.  On that?  I'll pass....

Nov 11, 2011 12:01PM

Seaf G,... Have no fear about China.  Walmart and their shoppers ahve all but destroyed the US,malls, down town stores, and poor struggling small business folks. They moved onto China a few years ago and now their small business folks who worked as street vendors and owned small shops are suffering. It is so sad.

 PEOPLE , you want cheap prices AND you want to keep your factory jobs here and pay everyone with great expensive benefits and wages. You cannot have it both ways ! Choose to save our jobs buy doing what you can to buy American made, pay a bit more to keep our jobs here. Why have we decided to turn our backs on what our fathers and grandfathers told us ? USA !! Even the "foreign" cars are more American made now. Check out the percents in Honda, Ford and Chevy !

Buying cheap and promoting cheap is like the welfare starts off looking like a good idea then you realize it is disruptive to our country. It makes victims out of people, making the choices we have less, not more. Once the ball starts rolling it is hard to get it to stop. Like welfare and the poor victims, you have a hard time coming out of it...Now, try to buy American ! NAFTA is the beginning of this mess and Wal-Mart is more than happy to help it along. Choose to pay more and do with less folks !! Choose quality over quantity. Choose one really nicely produced item over 10 cheap ones. Until we decide to quit filling our basements with junk,renting storage units to put our things in, and filling up under our Christmas trees just for the sake of having lots to open, instead of buying an item or two or "really wants", this will never change....

Nov 18, 2011 1:26PM
I have worked at Walmart for 13 years. Although I must admit that if I didn't have to work Black Friday I wouldn't be in the store, it is kind of an exciting experience when you are there. To those of you who say that Walmart doesn't keep money locally...where do you think the employees come from? Your community! That means every time they are getting a paycheck, it goes toward paying for things in YOUR community, be it fun stuff like shopping (because I can honestly say it's not the only place I shop) to needed expenses like medical care. Also, Walmart gives more than ANY OTHER CORPORATION to local charities and non-profit organizations, also within YOUR community. Another great thing about Walmart? Job security. I don't have to worry about losing my job unless I totally slack off or don't show up for work. And there is room to promote...I started as a apparel associate at 16 and just became an assistant manager. No it's not for everyone, but most of us who work there enjoy and need our jobs, and we are not the enemy.
Nov 17, 2011 11:09PM
wallmart-wallstreet think about that!!!!!!!
Nov 21, 2011 2:02AM
Thanksgiving is not Black Friday's Eve.  Don't give them your business.
Nov 18, 2011 10:19AM
Is this not for christmas shopping?  Why does it have to start before halloween now. Is not christmas for the kids?  Once again Walmarts growing Reputation for misstreating the seniors because they know that the seniors need these jobs to be able to eat, stay warm and have a shelter to keep out of the weather.. This is no joke.. This black friday they have 70 year old plus seniors working 12 straight hours. some from (9:00 pm thru 9:00 am)   And they are not even full time employees.. Ask some of the employees what some of Wal-Mart rules are, Dont be shocked at some of the seniors when they tell you that they are frightened to say anything.. Please America take this serious and check on this yourself..
Nov 11, 2011 2:42PM

Gee, I hope Wal-Mart paid for this advertisement...

Nov 17, 2011 11:29PM
Walmart Expects all their Minimum wage workers to work when they want them to work, regardless of the hours  Id tell them  to take  a flyin F*ck at their selves for 7.20 an hour?
Nov 10, 2011 10:53PM

If Sh*t was 2 cents a pound,

I couldn't buy a f*rt.

Nov 10, 2011 5:09PM
@RetiredRealtor: Not that I agree with the policy, but Walgreens has always been opened on thanksgiving and always will be. Oh and they're open years...yup every SINGLE day of the year.
Nov 11, 2011 10:08AM
I'm shopping NOWHERE on Black Friday. I support a blackout on Corporate Greediness and will do no shopping on BF or Cyber Monday. Screw you stockholders (This is me, showing you the finger)
Nov 10, 2011 11:28PM

I do not like to shop at Wal-Mart.  The minute I am in the store I cannot wait to leave.  Their prices are not the lowest.  Their products are not interesting.  They were better years ago when Sam Walton was alive.  At least then you might get a bargain at the clearance aisle - but not now.  The store does not pay its employees enough.  I just really hate Wal-Mart.

Nov 11, 2011 2:17PM
Forget the big box stores help the small American buisnesses! How much junk are we going to keep buying thats made in china every time they come out with a new game ,exbox or television set. I thiink it is sad that we are not smart enough or too lazy and proud to to build  and maintain or repair what we can here in the USA.I thought that we wanted to bring back jobs and be green at the same time. Black Friday has become a time to spend money that we do not really have in order to support China and we throw our goods that are still perfectly fine in the trash. AS long as people are doing this ,the economey here in the USA is not that bad off is it.
Nov 11, 2011 3:45PM
For those of you saying " just don't  shop if you don't like it". thats not the issue. My wife has worked managemant for a major retailer for 30 plus years and it gets worse every year. We used to be able to leave town and visit family on Thanksgiving. No more! She now has to be at work at midnight, Hence, in bed by 5:00 pm. Wow! Great thanksgiving! If a family budgets say $500 for spending, they are going to spend that $500 at 9:00 Friday morning if they don"t  spend it at 10:00 Thanksgiving night . Consumers revolt! Stop feeding the monster!!!!!!!
Nov 10, 2011 11:49PM
I've been to several of Walmart's Black Friday sales. I go in with the intent of buying the specials but always leave with none. Just last year, I walked into the store and walked right back out. The place was an absolute mess! I KNOW I will not be going there this year!
Nov 11, 2011 12:18AM

Most stores around here are open until at least 6pm on Turkey day.  I'm waiting till the stores actually stay open on Christmas.  My sister works retail, and she said a lot of people would work Christmas if it was double time.  I just hope that the stores stay closed on that day.  At least it is a given day off for everyone.


Happy shopping, all.  I'm staying home this year, nothing new out on the sales and after 20+ years of going out on Friday, I'm looking forward to staying in bed till at least 7am.

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