The ABCs of Black Friday and Thanksgiving Shopping

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The holiday season has kicked into high gear and, as a result, a few retailers are shifting their policies and opening once-shuttered doors on Thanksgiving Day.

Sears, Kmart and Toys'R'Us are just a few of the stores catering to consumers looking to jumpstart their Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day. If you're one of the shoppers headed out on turkey day or Black Friday, the day when retailers would traditionally come out of the red, our shopping guide covers what you can expect to find at brick and mortar stores and a few online shopping destinations.

With the recent news that Walmart will price match circulars from competitors, the battle is getting fierce. Two years ago, retailers had a disastrous holiday season, but retailers may see a slight bump if more shoppers hit the aisles. The National Retail Federation is predicting holiday sales of $447.1 billion, up 2.3 from last year.

Check your local retailers to find out if opening time differs. Some of the items listed below are limited in quantity or doorbusters, which can be as few as one item. These heavily discounted items are used to lure customers through the door.

From Amazon to Walmart, the deals below are a sampling of what you can expect to find in-store, except where noted. Take a look:

Amazon.com

Samsung Ultra Compact "Touch of Color" Camcorder for $99; White Gold Round Diamond Stud Earrings for $199.99; Invicta Men's Multi-Function Watch for $59.99; Logitech Z-2300 Speakers are going for $89.99 and the Flip UltraHD Camcorder is down to $99.

Apple

The Apple Web site announced a special one-day online sale for black Friday. "You'll find dozens of great iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list," according to the website. No advance details were given on the deals.

Banana Republic

: The retailer is offering a reduction of up to 40 percent before noon on black Friday.

Costco

The online Black Friday offerings at the wholesale company are a Dell Studio 15" for $599.99; a Duracell 3200 Watt Running/4000 Watt Peak Portable Generator for $429.99; a New Star 6V Super MotorBike $69.99; Kodak Z981 HD for $199.99;

Etsy

The online shopping marketplace Etsy will allow consumers to find the best Black Friday deals by searching its site with the term "Black Friday Etsy." The deals will vary by shop and are determined by the shop owners. They may include free shipping, buy one get one, etc. All details will be clearly stated in the item description.

GameStop:

Call of Duty: Black Ops, Epic Mickey, Madden NFL 11 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood are on the guaranteed in stock promise list. The large video game retailer will open the doors of 800 locations at midnight, and the rest at 5 a.m. Black Friday shoppers will find 2,500 titles for under $20.

The Gap:

A price reduction by up to 40 percent from 9 a.m. to noon. Sweaters, tops, denim, accessories for $5, $10, $20 and $30 under "Gifts With Style."

JCPenney

1 Carat T.W. Diamond Ring for $79.99 ; entire stock of fine jewelry will receive an additional 25 percent ; a five piece set of luggage for $38.88; Any Size JCP home reversible Down Comforter for $39.99; His or Hers Nike & New Balance Athletic Shoes priced between $50-$60 will be cut down to $34.99 on black Friday. Doors open at 4 a.m.

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