Black Friday 2014: Walmart Doorbusters

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Black Friday, a ritual when ravenous consumers hoard big-box retailers to secure their deals, is right around the corner, and WalMart is offering deals in three phases.

Event One occurs on Thursday, November 27, between 6 and 7 p.m. Deals in this time slot include:

- A 50" LED TV for $218
- An iPad Mini 16GB with Wi-fi for $199
- A 65" Vizio 1080p LED TV for $648
- An XBOX ONE including the Halo Master Chief Bundle for $329

Event two occurs on Thursday, November 27, between 8 and 9 p.m.

- A Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV for $297.99
- A 60" Element HDTV for $498
- An HP Laptop for $159
- A 32" LED HDTV for $98
- A Beats Pill for $89.95

Event three occurs on Black Friday, and commences at 6 a.m., and lasts through the weekend. Select merchandise is 30% off from 6 a.m. until noon. Items include Samsung TV's and home audio, all music CD's and all artificial Christmas trees and lights.

Black Friday Walmart deals include 20% off all firearms, 30% off all hunting apparel and discounts on Goodyear tires.

Black Friday, which historically has occurred on the day after Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November), is often regarded as the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Below is a clip of enthusiastic consumers, hoping to achieve Black Friday shopping success:

Interestingly, according to data gathered by Silk, 66% of the 89 reported Black Friday injuries since 2006 happened in Walmart.

In related Walmart news, chief merchandising officer Duncan MacNaughton unexpectedly resigned, just days before the Black Friday event. It was revealed in a company memo that MacNaughton decided to leave the global retailer "to pursue new opportunities." His replacement has yet to be named.