Wal-Mart Already Releasing Black Friday Deals

The Thanksgiving holiday is fast-approaching — which means you can start getting excited about overzealous relatives, obscene amounts of food and, of course, being thankful for stuff.

Except if you’re a major retailer.

“Black Friday” has gone from being an obscure day of slightly lower prices, to an insane cultural phenomenon. Though it historically began when stores opened their doors the Friday after Thanksgiving, many stores are now starting their discounts on Thanksgiving. Major retailer Wal-Mart is no exception.

Most Wal-Marts will start their Black Friday deals at 10pm on Thursday. However, electronics deals won’t start until midnight, and further items will be discounted at 8am. Here are a few of the deals they’ve advertised so far:

10pm Thursday
Barbies — $5 (down from $19)
Jeans — less than $10
Children’s pajamas sets — $4.47
Black & Decker Coffeemaker — $9.44

Samsung 51-inch plasma TV — $498 (down from $649)
Kodak 14 megapixel camera — $49
Magellan GPS — $69 (down from $89)
8am Friday
Goodyear tires — starting at $59
Vizio 42-inch 3D LED Wi-Fi HDTV — $598
A selection of DVDs — $1.96
So, if you’re extremely motivated, you can start planning your Black Friday deal-shopping. Or, you could avoid the crowds and just do your Christmas shopping online.

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