Black Friday 2011: What's in Store(s)?

Walmart black friday adBlack Friday 2011 is bumming me out. Not only do I not want to face facts that there are only 43 days left until Christmas (panic!), but it seems that because of the barren economy or something, Black Friday is being pimped and promoted with more fury than ever this year, casting a big foreboding shadow.

Wal-Mart is one of the big reasons for this early attack on our pocketbooks. Today they went ahead and released their Black Friday advertisement. Not only that, they announced that they'll open stores at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening -- our turkey won't have even digested by then. I won't get up on my stop-the-consumerism high horse, but c'mon, do we really have to go there?

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Apparently we do, so here's what you can find if you're looking for some bargains. Wal-Mart is offering some pretty tempting incentives to tear yourself away from the leftovers. From a $248 laptop to $5 Barbies to an Xbox 360 4GB model with Kinect for $199.96 (plus you get a $50 gift card), there are plenty of deals to be had. If you must go, plan ahead by familiarizing yourself with their preview ad so you know where to go once the doors open.

Radio Shack has also stepped up to the early plate and announced some of their deals. They include The Nook Color for $199 and a Nikon Coolpix 16.1 MP Digital Camera for $119.99. They don't open until 5:30 a.m. on Friday, so at least you can rest up before the rush.

While other stores haven't released details of their sales yet, they're definitely brewing and will be trickling out over the next couple of weeks. Most of them, besides Wal-Mart, are planning to open at midnight on Black Friday or later. Even Sears, who last year opened stores from 7 a.m. - noon on Thanksgiving Day, has backed off a bit and won't open until 4 a.m. on Black Friday.

I like a bargain just like anyone else, but I like my bed better in those early hours, especially after I've eaten a Thanksgiving feast. Now whether I'll be sleeping in my bed or furiously typing away on my laptop trying to scoop up some of the bargains myself is another matter.

Will you hit Black Friday sales? What time will you go out?


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