If you don't have a problem shopping on Thanksgiving to get a jump on Black Friday sales, Walmart is trying to make it worthwhile: Among its deals is a 32-inch LCD TV for just $98. But if that's not enough to get you up off your couch, Walmart will also be offering some online specials as early as 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Some of the in-store deals will also be available online, but others will be Internet-only specials.
This year, the nation's largest retailer is opening for business at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, two hours earlier than last year, and continuing through the Black Friday weekend. Thanksgiving-day in-store events will take place at both 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and then again at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.
Electronics will have an even more prominent place in Walmart's special Black Friday deals. During a media briefing the company held with reporters yesterday, it said it will offer 65 percent more inventory on televisions, and double the number of tablets it offered last year.
The company is also expanding its "one-hour guarantee" policy, which promises that if you're in one of the designated lines at your local Walmart store between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, the company guarantees you'll either be able to purchase the item that night, or receive it by Christmas. This year, 21 items will be covered by the guarantee, up from just three last year.
Among the deals covered by the one-hour guarantee at the 6:00 p.m. event:
- a 60-inch 1080p Vizio Smart LED 1080p HDTV for $688, a claimed $310 savings;
- a 32-inch Funai 720p LCD TV for $98, apparently a Black Friday special;
- a 16GB Apple iPad Mini with Wi-Fi for $299, plus a $100 Walmart gift card;
- Funai 32-inch LED 720p HDTV - $98 (special buy);
- HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14-B109WM laptop - $278 (special buy);
- LG Blu-ray Player - $38 (special buy).
At 8:00 p.m. the guaranteed deals include:
- the Beats by Dre Solo headphones for $115, a claimed $85 savings;
- a 7-inch RCA dual-core tablet for $49, an apparent Black Friday special;
- a Straight Talk Galaxy Centura prepaid phone for $29, a claimed savings of $70.88.
In addition to these guaranteed deals, there will be numerous other Black Friday deals on items across all product categories. But the 6:00 p.m. sale seems pretty light on electronics, though there will be more than 100 video games priced from $10 to $25 each, along with more than 500 movies—including new releases—ranging in price from $2 to $10.