Poll: Are Thanksgiving Deals Worth the Hassle?
Thanksgiving weekend deals are no longer confined to the day after the holiday.
Thanksgiving remains the dividing line between a holiday almost devoid of commercialism and the biggest shopping season of the year.
Although as the Washington Post noted, the start of the Christmas shopping season – "Black Friday" – has continued to be pushed forward. First stores opened at 5 a.m. And then earlier and earlier, until midnight became time for doors to open. The turkey isn't even fully digested before the shopping frenzy begins.
As Patch noted, Walmart actually is starting its "Black Friday" sales on Thursday, opening stores at 8 p.m. That means people will have to scarf down dinner, shoo the relatives out the door and high tail it to Walmart to get a good spot in line.
For those who enjoy the deals and the chaos, theblackfriday.com probably has the most comprehensive information available.
Certainly there are great deals to be had – Best Buy is offering doorbuster deals on items such as TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles.
However, there also are large crowds and irritations. Sometimes the hype actually creates a dangerous situation. In 2008, a Walmart employee was killed in a crush of rushing shoppers, the New York Daily News reported. A complete run down of the worst Black Friday incidents can be found at ranker.com.