Walmart starting Black Friday on Thanksgiving

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Walmart is hoping to start Black Friday earlier than ever before.

This year the deals start while some people are still finishing Thanksgiving dinner.

The retail giant announced deals begin at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  Different deals will be offered throughout the night until 5 a.m. Friday.

Last year, many stores bumped the start of Black Friday up to midnight.  Walmart reps say the new hours this year are in response to customers who want to shop early instead of losing sleep.

They’ll offer a series of one-hour deals as part of the campaign, but they say they’ve found a way to overcome frustration over quantity limits for popular items.

“We know it’s frustrating for customers to shop on Black Friday and not get the items they want,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer, Walmart U.S in a news release.

Their answer to that is Walmart will offer three electronics items at special low prices with a guarantee that they’ll be available.  The items are an Apple iPad 2 16GB plus a $75 Walmart Gift Card for $399; an Emerson 32-inch 720p LCD TV for $148 and an LG Blu-ray player for $38.  If customers are inside the store and in the queue line between 10 and 11 p.m. local time, they are guaranteed that the three special items will be available before Christmas.   The item has to be paid for by midnight November 22 and registered online.   Then the product will be shipped to the store where it was purchased for pickup before Christmas.

Walmart plans to release its Black Friday ad and Black Friday maps of local Walmart stores online November 19.

For the first time, this year customers can view an interactive local store map on their mobile phone via the Walmart Mobile App , so you can click on items to see the price, product description and location in the store.

Some of the top items available in store, while supplies last, include:

  • 8 p.m. on November 22: Gifts for the Entire Family – Toys, Gaming, Home and Apparel
    • Xbox 360® 4GB + SkyLanders Bundle – $149
    • Wii Console– $89
    • More than 100 video games priced at $10, $15 or $25 each
    • Top Toys of the Season: Leappad® 1.0 Learning Tablet ($65) and Furby® ($45)
    • Razor® Accelerator 12-Volt Electric Scooter – $79
    • Fisher Price Power Wheels® Jeep® Wrangler 6-Volt Ride Ons (Hot Wheels® and Barbie®) – $89 each
    • Licensed Boys’ and Girls’ 2-Piece Sleep Set – $4.50 each
    • Mens and Ladies Denim – $9.50 each
    • Home appliances such as a Crock Pot® 6-Quart Slow Cooker and Mr. Coffee® Programmable 12-Cup Coffee Maker – $9.44 each
    • Shark® Steam Pocket Mop and Ninja® Pulse Blender – $39 each
    • Fashion Dolls such as Barbie®, Bratz and Disney® Princess – $5 each
    • Hundreds of DVD and Blu-ray movies such as Brave, The Amazing Spiderman, Hunger Game ranging from $1.96 to $9.96 each
    • Better Homes and Gardens® 700-Thread Count Sheet Set – $19.96
    • 48” Air-Powered Hockey Table – $29.86
    • 14’ Trampoline with Enclosure and Bonus Flash Light Zone – $159
  • 10 p.m. on November 22:  The BIG Event – Brand Name Electronics
    • Vizio® 60” 720p LED Smart TV with built in Wi-Fi – $688
    • Samsung® 43″ 720p 600Hz Class Plasma HDTV – $378
    • HP® 15.6” Laptop with 4GB and 320GB hard drive – $279
    • Nikon® D3000 Digital Camera with Lens Kit – $449
    • Samsung® Smart ST195 Digital Camera – $99
    • Beats by Dr. Dre® Headphones – $179.95
    • Nook® Color 8GB Tablet – $99
    • Virgin Mobile® 3G/4G Hotspot – $39.88
  • 5 a.m. on Nov. 23: Caffeine Not Needed – Great Savings on Gifts from Jewelry to Tires
    • Sharp® 70” 1080p 120Hz HDTV – $1,798
    • Acer® 13.3” Ultrabook with 4GB and 320GB solid state drive – $499
    • $100 Walmart gift card with the purchase of select smartphones such as the Samsung® Galaxy S III, Droid RAZR M by Motorola® and HTC® One X
    • Goodyear Tires ranging from $59 – $99 each
    • Forever Bride 1/3 -Carat T.W. Diamond Ring in 10K Gold – $198
    • Stanley® 6-Drawer Rolling Tool Cabinet with 85-Piece Mechanic Tool Set – $99
    • Singer® Sew Mate 5400 60-Stitch Sewing Machine – $99.97
    • 5” Pre-Lit Harrison Christmas Tree – $20
    • Better Homes and Gardens Deluxe Recliner – $199

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