Walmart Black Friday Battleplan

Walmart Black Friday shopping Thanksgiving

Power-shoppers might think it feels like Black Friday is still a long way off, but it will be here sooner than you think, especially since Walmart is rolling out their deals a day early. You’ll need some strategy to catch the best deals and Boomtron has the info you need to make sure you have a solid plan of attack.

The gang over at our sister site, BSCKids, recently shared some info that has Walmart shoppers drooling. Even if Wally-World isn’t one of your normal stops, you might want to include it just this once.

Black Friday officially starts on November 25th (since it’s a Friday) but Walmart is throwing out the calendar and starting a day early with three Black Friday events, with each of the three catering to fans of different merchandise. If you’re looking for toys, home, and apparel, you can work off the turkey and dressing by showing up at Walmart at 10PM on Thanksgiving day but you can hold off for a few hours if electronics are more your style because those deals start at midnight on Black Friday. The wide-ranging category of ‘family’ is added to the electronics deals at 8AM on Friday but the events are only good while supplies last so you probably don’t want to wait for the third event if electronics are your main goal.

The hours might seem like a cruel joke if you’re not a night owl but Walmart’s chief merchandising officer, Duncan MacNaughton, says, “Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.” As someone who appreciates sunsets a lot more than sunrises, I can totally relate.

Black Friday shopping can be a brutal event where every advantage counts so you might want to hit up Walmart’s Facebook page to grab a store-specific map, and don’t forget to bring any print ads from competitors that are offering a better price because Walmart will match it.

Check out the official press release below for all the details.

Official press release:

Walmart Kicks-off Three Black Friday Events Starting at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Electronics event starts at Midnight, followed by additional savings at 8 a.m.

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — It’s HERE! The coveted Walmart Black Friday circular was released today to shoppers on Facebook and to help families plan their holiday shopping and get more Christmas for their money. Everything from the hottest TVs to gaming consoles and top toys will be available at great savings during three special-shopping events, while supplies last.

Walmart’s Black Friday events will be held at the following times*:

10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) – Top Toys, Home and Apparel
Midnight on Black Friday (Nov. 25) – Electronics! Electronics! Electronics!
8 a.m. Nov. 25 through the weekend – Gifts for the entire family; electronics and more

“Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “We’ll have this season’s hottest gifts at prices only Walmart can provide. And by sharing our Black Friday specials earlier than ever, we hope to make buying decisions easier for parents working hard to give their families the Christmas they deserve.”

Thanksgiving Day at All-day long on Thanksgiving, shoppers can get great online-only specials and save with free “Fast, Faster, Fastest” shipping options. Examples of a few of the incredible online savings include:

46″ HDTVs for under $400
Electric Ride-Ons for children, priced under $40
Choice of four select Blu-ray™ discs for only $20

10 p.m. Savings on Toys, Home and Apparel: For the first time, Walmart will be kicking off its in-store specials at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Savings available in store, while supplies last, include:

Xbox360 4GB with Kinect Console – $199.96 plus a $50 Walmart gift card
Select DVDs – starting at $1.96
6V or 12V Ride-Ons (e.g., Jeep Wrangler, X Games ATV or Barbie Jeep) – $99 each
Barbie, Disney Princess or Bratz branded Fashion Dolls – $5 each
8ft Inflatable Santa or Snowman – $20
Paula Deen® 20-Piece Cookware Set – $86.44
Black & Decker Blender, Coffeemaker or Electric Griddle – $9.44 each
Men’s Wrangler, Ladies Rider and Junior LEI Jeans – $9.97 each
Kids Character Sleepwear Sets – $4.47
Rival Mini Chopper or 2-Slice Waffle Maker – $2.84 each

Midnight Electronics Event: Starting at midnight, shoppers will have access to great savings on a wide assortment of top brand name flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Blu-ray players and printers. Examples include:

Emerson® 32″ LCD TV (31.5″ diagonal screen size) – $188
LG Blu-ray™ Player – $49
Kodak C1450 14 MP Camera – $49
Sansui 19″ TV (18.5″ diagonal screen size) – $98
HP All-in-One Printer – $19
HP® 15″ AMD Dual-Core Laptop – $248
Philips® Wi-Fi Blu-ray™ Home Theatre – $178
Magellan 4.7″ GPS – $69
8GB iPod Touch – $195
Samsung 51″ Plasma TV (50.7″ diagonal screen size) – $498

Incredible Specials throughout the Weekend**: Shoppers can continue to check off their holiday shopping list with great specials starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. Examples include:

Goodyear Tires starting at $59
Vizio® 42″ 3D LED Wi-Fi HDTV (42.0″ diagonal screen size 1080p) – $598
Buy any smartphone*** with a contract and get a $100 Walmart gift card
Disney® The Lion King™, Cars 2™, or Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides™ DVDs – $12.96 each

Don’t Forget Your Map!

Walmart is also helping shoppers plan their in-store shopping strategy by making available store-specific maps on Facebook. To access the map, shoppers simply need to find their favorite store by clicking on the “My Local Walmart” application on Walmart’s Facebook page.

Match Any Competitors Ad

Along with its full plate of Thanksgiving weekend specials Walmart promises to match the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product, including matching competitor’s deals for the day after Thanksgiving.

** Prices may vary in Alaska, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

*** Offer does not include Apple® iPhone products. See store for details. Carriers, plans, and products may vary by store.



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