Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has typically represented the start of the holiday shopping seasons. Over the past few years, more stores open their doors a day early to compete for the holiday sales. Major retailers, including Target and Toys R Us, slowly have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night.
Walmart said Tuesday that it will hold two major sales events at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thanksgiving day, two hours earlier than last year.
Walmart will offer 21 "guaranteed" products this year- 18 more than last year - if customers stand in line for them during the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday events, according to a company press release.
The Walmart Black Friday 2013 deals includes a 16GB Apple iPad mini for $299 with a $100 Walmart gift card, an iPhone 5C for $45 or a 5S for $189, both with a $75 gift card, and an Emerson 50-inch LED HDTV for $288.
Toys R Us will open its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sears will open at 8 p.m. Macy's, J.C. Penney and Kohl's will offer Thursday hours for the first time, which they will all open at 8 p.m.
The Doorbuster deals at Best Buy open on Thursday at 6 p.m., but deals will be available only starting at 12:00 a.m. Best Buy is offering an iPad 2 for $299.99 ($100 off), 8GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for $149.99 ($50 off), $100 off any laptop, tablet, e-reader or smartphone with purchase of two-year Verizon mobile broadband service, as well as Samsung 65" 1080p TVs for $999.99.
Target plans to open stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, an hour earlier than last year. The stores will remain open all night and close on Black Friday at 11 p.m.
Here are some of the great deals from Target:
- Nikon L320 26x zoom camera for $99 (regularly $229.99)
- iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB for $479.99 plus $100 gift card (regularly $499.99)
- iPhone 5S 16GB for $179.99 plus $30 gift card, Verizon Wireless and AT&T (regularly $199.99)
- Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle with Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures for $189.99 (regularly $299.99)