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Walmart said yesterday that it plans to open its stores at 6 pm on Thanksgiving, and will hold special pre-Black Friday sales events at both 6 pm and 8 pm, as well as Black Friday specials the following day.

According to MarketWatch, Walmart is bringing back its "one-hour guarantee. Customers have to be in designated lines at certain times to buy special sale items. This time, Wal-Mart will organize that by handing out wristbands, which will mean people have that item reserved and can keep shopping until the event starts. The promotion will expand from three to 21 items, with the 6 p.m. event offering a 16GB Apple iPad mini for $299 with a $100 Wal-Mart gift card, while on the 8 p.m. watch, customers in line can choose from such items as a RCA 7″ dual-core tablet for $49 … Wal-Mart also plans what it calls 'smoking hot' offers for Black Friday, starting at 6 p.m.. These list video games for $10, $15 and $25; home appliances for just under $10; and so-called “Manager’s Specials”, with price drops on categories and brands throughout the stores from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29."

"Black Friday is our day — our Super Bowl — and we’re ready to prove once again that no one does it better than Walmart," Bill Simon, president and chief executive of Wal-Mart U.S., said in a statement.
KC's View:
I think I'd rather have another colonoscopy than endure the consumer chaos at Walmart on Thanksgiving weekend.

Some companies, like Walmart, are starting the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving. And then, there are retailers that don't even want to wait that long. (See next editorial story…)