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Black Friday on Thanksgiving? At Walmart, Yes

The nation's largest retailer will roll out 2012 specials beginning at 8 p.m. on November 22.

Black Friday? That was SO 2011.

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, has announced that it will begin holiday shopping specials at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, November 22, according to media reports.

The retailing giant also began Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving 2011, but at 10 p.m. In 2012, the specials start at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Walmart has a Suwanee outlet.

The move could put more pressure on big-box retailers such as Target and Best Buy to push their own opening times earlier, according to Bizjournals.

According to an ad on Walmart.com, Black Friday/Thursday specials include $399 for an iPad 2 (16GB) and $148 for a 32-inch television.

So, are you glad to see Black Friday deals extended further into Black Thursday? Or do you feel that it's overkill? Tell us in the comments below.

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Pam J November 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Overkill. At least they won't open until 8:00 pm, so you don't have to abandon your family right in the middle of dinner. But Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, so I'm surprised more stores aren't open. I know that Garden Ridge usually is.

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