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:

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.


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.


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;


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.


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."


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.


Consumers can shop from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for one the many deals offered by the company including a Panasonic 46-inch class plasma HDTV for $499.99; a Magellan RoadMate 1424 navigation system for $74.99; 7" netbook for $89.99; Vivitar 10.1MP digital camera for $39.99; Trim A Home 6.5-foot, 600 pre-lit trees for $79.99.

Old Navy:

On black Friday, Old Navy will offer affordable children clothes such as $10 kids jeans and $15 kids frost-free jackets; free Dance Central Xbox connect game to first customers; $15 adult sweaters and jeans and $5 graphic tees. The store will open 800 locations at midnight.

Pet Smart:

Black Friday deals for your favorite pet include 50 percent off all PetHoliday products; all holiday dog treats will be reduced by 50 percent; strike off 60 percent on Grreat Choice™ 22" Microsuede Plush Cuddler; save 20 percent on Martha Stewart PETS products and save 50 percent on all turtles, hamsters, hermit crabs, bearded dragons and select geckos.

Radio Shack:

The electronics store will offer deals on Black Friday ranging from a Memorex upconverting DVD player for $29.99; a limited amount of high definition Flip cameras for $129.99; an Xbox 360 4GB for $199.99, and an ultra-slim 12-megapixel Nikon camera for $129.99; Iomega 500MB Portable Hard Drive for $49.99.

Sam's Club:

Shoppers can expect a free breakfast, which includes an egg sandwich, yogurt and more, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., while supplies last. The store with more than 47 million members will offer a half-carat diamond stud for $299, a Sony Blu-ray player for $94.88, and the Samsung Fascinate Smart Phone for 98 cents.


The doors will open on Thanksgiving Day from 7a.m. to noon and customers will have a host of items to choose from including a Panasonic 58" 1080p Plasma TV and two Bonus Blu-ray DVDs for $1,099; RCA 19-inch class LCD HDTV for $129; twin sized Cannon heated blanket for $14.99.


The doors open at the toy store after you put the kiddies to bed at 10 pm. The deals on Thanksgiving Day include a free $50 Toys"R"Us Gift Card with the purchase of any new iPod Touch; 75 percent off TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee Cannon or Helmet; more than 50 percent off Riptunes 2GB Mp3 Player with Video Capabilities; 50 percent OFF Vtech Learning Laptop; $60 off an Android 2.1 Tablet.


Doors will open at midnight on Friday morning -- only a few hours after many people finish their Thanksgiving meal. The discount retailer will offer Wrangler jeans for a low price of $9, and Nintendo Wii gamers can nab the game console for $199 with a $50 Walmart gift card.

Five hours after opening, at 5 a.m., Walmart will begin its sale on electronics. A 14-megapixel Kodak C183 will retail for $59; a 32-inch LCD HDTV at $198; a Tom-Tom GPS, $79; a Nintendo DS Lite, $89. Earlier this week, in a one-two punch, Walmart delivered a blow to rivals by offering price matching for the big shopping weekend. Shoppers at the mammoth retailer can take a competitor's ad to the register, and have the price matched over the holiday weekend, starting on Friday.