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Black Friday Shopping in St. Louis to Start Earlier Than Ever in 2012

Walmart announced a Thanksgiving Day start to its sales. Target, Toys R Us, and Best Buy aren't far behind.

Serious shoppers know Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the day for bargains.

Retailers are opening earlier than ever this year with sales to entice holiday shoppers.

Walmart has set the bar at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for 2012 sales to start. Will other stores follow?

Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us are among a growing number of shops kicking off Black Friday sales at midnight, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

Area mall doors will open at various times, though some of their stores may or may not be open then.

Many sales haven't been announced yet. Target offers a signup to receive text messages of sales, and previews a 40-inch Toshiba TV, a Samsung laptop computer, a Playstation 3 and other sale items on its website.

Want to get the most from your shopping? About.com offers nine tips to get the most out of your Black Friday.

  1. Check Out the Ads
  2. Do Your Research Before Friday
  3. Compare Prices
  4. Look for Early Bird Shopper Discounts
  5. Beat the Crowds with Night Owl Discounts on Thanksgiving
  6. Bring the Ads
  7. Know the Store Policies
  8. Ask for Gift Receipts
  9. Saying "Charge It" Can Pay Off
Duke November 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I don't think we should support their greed and insensitivity. Some poor workers are going to have to leave their families on Thanksgiving Day to help corporate earn more money. Do you think they are going to leave their families?
Micha November 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM
How sad!! Can the USA have at least 1 day to celebrate and remember thankfulness? I agree with Duke that someone has to leave their family to provide for greedy corporations and greedy people. And no, I do not shop on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday.
MARSHALL T IRVING November 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I would love to see the "moral majority" picket outside the stores that open on Thanksgiving. Family oriented groups should be up in arms at this intrusion into one of the last "family" holidays available for noncommercial activities. CORPORATE AMERICA is "our" new religion.
Jackie Lewin November 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I for one am sad.....I am one of those persons who will have to wait for my family Thanksgiving on another day.....this is my first time in 54 years I will not be with family......lost my first job in Sept.....so my retail part time job has been wonderful giving me more hours ...... since unemployment changed and I cant collect now if I work more than 32 hours has given me no choice but work.....sad retail doesn't honor their hard working employees with a paid day of rest and thankfulness.....I do have to add.....all of my managers and supervisors will be working too.....I am honored to be working for a great company! (Shopko) thanks!
katie November 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Shame on any retailer open on Thanksgiving day. I would wish that people would realize what is important and would just refuse to start black friday on Thursday. It is just so wrong. Stay home with your families people!

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