Walmart Announces Earlier Shopping Hours for Black Friday

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For any serious Black Friday shoppers looking to get a jump start on shopping, you better make sure to plan for a Thanksgiving Day lunch, as Walmart is opening earlier on Turkey Day this year. Walmart just released their Black Friday ad and announced they are opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, which is two hours earlier than the retail giant opened last year.

Walmart's Black Friday ad this year contains a lot of bargains on everything from electronics to video games to household appliances. Walmart has divided their Black Friday shopping up into three "events" this year. The first event, which has some of the best deals, starts at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The second event, which has a great deal on a set of Beats by Dre headphones, starts at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The third event actually begins on Black Friday at 8 a.m. and includes the new iPhone 5C for $45, plus you get a $75 Walmart gift card. The deals for Event 3 last all weekend long.

The mega retailer also announced some special deals on Black Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. called "Manager's Specials." These deals weren't listed in the ad, but the ad does say that select merchandise is marked down up to 30 percent. Not one to miss out on any opportunities to boost sales, Walmart is also offering Cyber Monday deals on December 2.

You're probably wondering how Walmart's earlier hours on Thanksgiving stacks up with other retailers. Their hours don't quite compare to Kmart, the retailer that came under fire recently for announcing that they were going to open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open all day. Best Buy and Target are opening at the same time as Walmart, at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

If you're wondering whether any retailers are actually starting their Black Friday shopping on Black Friday this year, it doesn't look like any of the major stores are so far (but if you know of any, post them in the comments section below). Toys 'R' Us is opening at 5 p.m., Office Depot is opening at 8 p.m. and JCPenney is opening at 6 a.m., all on Thanksgiving.

Will you be doing any of your Black Friday shopping at Walmart this year? Respond below.

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