Walmart Decides To Get This Black Friday Deal Thing Out Of The Way Now

Could it be? Is Walmart as entirely sick and tired of the whole Black Friday and its inevitable creep backward as we are? Well, it’s not clear if it’s ditching Black Friday deals altogether, but it is offering a bunch of them a month ahead of time, starting tonight at midnight.

Just after the clock strikes the shopping hour at midnight Friday, shoppers will be able to purchase seven big deal items tonight as well as a slew of 300 other holiday deals on Walmart.com.

Among the biggest deals, via the Associated Press: A 42- inch JVC LED TV for $299, a savings of 36 percent, and a 10-inch XELIO tablet for $49, a 51 percent discount.

“It’s been a tough year for the average American family,” Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Wal-Mart.com, told The Associated Press. “It’s our job to be able to help our customers.”

The company made the decision to proffer the big seven products a month ago, but Walmart is staying mum on whether or not those discounts will also be offered during the Thanksgiving weekend. It could be now or never, or it could be now and later.

While on the one hand this gets the Holiday Shopping Hype Machine up and running a full month before Thanksgiving, if it lets some shoppers actually relax and have a nice turkey day without worrying about snatching up deals, it’s kind of refreshing.

Wal-Mart kicks off holiday shopping season online [Associated Press]

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  1. CommonC3nts says:

    There should be a law that no store can be open on Thanksgiving and no store can be open before 6am on Black Friday. (Gas stations should be CC only with pay at the pump).
    If people want to shop on holidays they can do it on websites.
    When I lived in Newfoundland, Canada, even walmart was closed on holidays. It was awesome that everyone had the day off and could be with friends and family for the holidays instead of at work.

    It is cruel to force people making minimum wage to work every holiday.

    • SingleMaltGeek says:

      What about people who want to work? I got double and a half when I worked holidays. Wouldn’t it make more sense to give all workers a minimum number of days off and protect them from being fired for taking them (with, say, one or two weeks of notice required)? Then employers might have to offer incentives to work holidays, as I was, instead of being able to force people to work those days or lose their jobs.

      • timewellspent says:

        If people want to work thats fine. Unfortunately at stores like walmart who don’t even provide healthcare or a fare living wage,I seriously doubt they will offer incentives to work holidays . it’s either work or else.

        • SingleMaltGeek says:

          Yes, but CommonC3nts suggested legislating the choice away from people who work retail– I’m suggesting we give them just a little bit more power over their own lives instead. Overtime/incentive or not, some people would love the option to work more hours and bring home a little extra pay.

  2. nomdeweb says:

    A month long sale doesn’t sound that bad, but consumers have been trained, Pavlovian style, to respond to one SUPER-MEGA-DOORBUSTER-UBER-SALE on black friday. I bet Walmart will try this, see kinda ok sales but nothing great, then go back to the regular black Friday crap as everyone else.