Wal-Mart already offering Black Friday deals

The retailer is trying to get an edge in what is expected to be a very competitive holiday shopping season.

By InvestorPlace Nov 4, 2013 11:56AM

Wal-Mart website (© M4OS Photos/Alamy)By Christopher Freeburn

iplogoShoppers who browse the digital aisles at the website of nation’s largest retailer can get a jump start on their holiday shopping.

Wal-Mart (WMT) is already making a number of so-called "Black Friday" deals on electronics available through its website. Included in the early digital discounts are sharp savings on seven tablet computers and TVs, as well as holiday pricing for 300 other items, The Associated Press notes.

The early deals come as Wal-Mart looks to get a leg up on rivals in what is expected to be a highly competitive holiday shopping season. At least one big-screen TV will be marked down by 36% in one of the seven top deals. In another deal, a tablet will see a 51% discount.

This year's early discounts follow 100 deals offered on the day after Halloween last year, though those offers were confined to home products.

A Wal-Mart executive indicated that the decision to offer the seven electronics deals was made last month. He noted that a challenging economy was pressuring consumers to start looking for deals as soon as possible.

Retailers are feeling uncertain about the upcoming shopping season, with some cutting back on the number of seasonal workers they hire.

Industry experts say that the pressure of a tight economy will force retailers to eventually abandon Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the rush to attract customers earlier in the season.

Shares of Wal-Mart climbed modestly in Friday afternoon and Monday morning trading.

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Nov 4, 2013 3:10PM
AHHHHH, I hate to bring this up retailers, but what happened to Thanksgiving? It is still a holiday right? Or has your money hungry mentality taken hold of your senses?
Nov 5, 2013 10:14AM
hi well i work in Target, and I am really getting tired of all of the bull on Thanksgiving...NOT ONE department store gives a dam about there workers...back in the day nothing was open. NOT even diner's. What happened to this country did we forget about family and family values OH YES that is way there is so much killings / hate / and not so polite folks including children in this country... We keep asking our company when are we going to open we get what ever Walmart does we will do Two hours earlier is this right....we all have families, this is rough time for everyone ...you want to be open on thanksgiving then I think ALL CEO's and all upper management should get off there butts and work the holiday and let everyone else have there dinner with family....instead of you.  LET THE AMERICAN FAMILY HAVE THERE FAMILES BACK....WE HAVE  TO MANY SUFFERING FROM THE STORM FROM SANDY, FOLKS OUT OF WORK , AND CORP AMERICAN NEEDS TO STOP THINKING ABOUT THERE POCKETS AND START THINKING ABOUT US WHO LIVE PAY CHECK TO PAY CHECK....YOU ARE ALL OUT OF CONTROL.
Nov 4, 2013 10:45PM

Are family quit having Christmas of exchanging presents. We do things larger on birthdays instead. Xmas is all about  retail  and santa clause.  Lets all just go to church and remember who's birthday it is on the 25th of Dec


Nov 5, 2013 11:50AM

Folks, here's a radical idea...Take control, and show the retailers you do not want them open....DON'T GO!! Show your support for the individuals who are stuck working Thanksgiving because of corporate greed. JUST DON'T GO.

But. you will go. Why? Little Johnny HAS to have that X-Box. and we HAVE to have that 7th flat panel TV.

Stop the consumerism/disposable lifestyle, and just don't go!!!

Nov 5, 2013 12:56AM
can we all agree that christmas is all about money and shopping and zero about jesus christ
Nov 5, 2013 11:01AM

Stores open on Thanksgiving day will not get a penny from me!

Nov 4, 2013 12:47PM
Just yesterday, I saw my first Christmas commercial of the year that featured Santa - it was for Mercedes.  I guess if you're giving someone a car, especially a Benz, you might need to plan ahead a little.  Ho, Ho...... Ho?

Some of these stores that are "leaking" their Black Friday deals weeks early are just pathetic.  Maybe they take their "leaking" lessons from the morons in Washington.

Much like the never-ending campaign cycle, it seems Christmas shopping is almost becoming a year 'round phenomenon.  "Get that Easter crap cleared out of the way so we can get these lights strung up and trees decorated, damn it!"  Apparently the reason for the season is none too pleasin' for some folks.
Nov 5, 2013 8:22AM
So many people are broke that black friday is a joke !!!!!!!!!
Nov 4, 2013 10:23PM

I read another article saying KMart was going to open early on Thanksgiving.

When I was a kid,you'd be lucky to find a gas station open on a major holiday.

Corporations really don't give a crap about their employees' life away from work.

Not only that,but they will likely cut back the workers hours on another day in order to avoid paying them overtime.

Welcome to America. The best government money can buy,along with rules set up for the companies who buy the government.

We ARE a 3rd world nation,given the large disparity developed over the last few decades.

If you don't think so,then I suggest you go and see what we consider a 3rd world country actually looks like up close and personal,meaning not on the internet or TV. Visit some.

Nov 5, 2013 10:38AM
I miss the days when thanksgiving was treated like a holiday and you didn't see anything in the way of Christmas before December the first like it should be and while I'm at it.  They really need to tone down all the Christmas décor because it makes it harder to find what I'm looking for!!!!
Nov 4, 2013 2:43PM
It's not just Wally World out early,there are several getting the jump on sales...... I love it get all my stuff done and enjoy the holidays.  
Nov 4, 2013 5:36PM

Wasn't there a story about Jesus (the guy that Christmas is honor of) and money changers?


I'll be riding my camel right on past their tent this year and every year from here on end. There is only so much slime a guy can take - hell even Jesus got driven to his breaking point with greed.

Nov 4, 2013 4:20PM
ridiculous...shows hoggish desperation
Nov 4, 2013 6:06PM
One year in Kansas City a group of merchants on Broadway were very upset by the new shop in town. Tiny Tim's Magic Circus was a Head Shop selling T-shirts, paraphernalia and posters. When Christmas came around things got really dicy when the KC Star ran photo's of the front windows with "Giant X-Mas Sale" and other advertising of the big stores. In the center of the page was the front window of Frank's store. It said "Happy Birthday Baby Jesus".
Nov 5, 2013 10:51AM

Of course.

Because we all KNOW that the real reason for Christmas is how much worthless crap you can buy.

Nov 4, 2013 4:58PM
Wal-Mart  does not offer online layaways, I'll have my people call their people and get to the bottom of this
Nov 4, 2013 5:33PM
Not many comments everyone must be at Wal-Mart
Nov 5, 2013 1:27PM
Why does walmart invest so much in cash registers, yet only keep 4 open and 16 closed.
I avoid shopping Wal-Mart. It's treating of employee's and all the out sourcing products.
Nov 5, 2013 12:08PM
Why all the hate?  Some people like shopping and getting bargains.  I'm not one of them, but I don't feel the need to bash those that do. 

Lots of people have to work on holidays, not just Walmart employees.   Yes, we know you've been spoon fed talking points to stoke your hatred of one successful store, but the Walmart in my town employs workers who wouldn't have employment otherwise -- students, seniors, housewives and the disabled.

 Last Christmas Eve, when I was preparing to host a family dinner for 30, my coffee maker died.  I was able to drive 2 minutes and buy an American made coffee maker at a very reasonable price. 

If people didn't camp out and wait in line to rush the stores, they wouldn't be open.  If you don't want to participate, do what I do and stay home.

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