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Antsy to jump-start the Black Friday shopping bonanza, retailers will be opening doors earlier than ever and will no longer wait for the day after Thanksgiving to serve deal-seeking mobs.

Black Thursday is
the new Black Friday

According to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales are predicted to increase by 4.1 percent, boosting holiday spending to $586.1 billion. Here’s the itinerary of early birds to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Walmart

Walmart takes the scene by storm with three major events starting on Thanksgiving day with family specials at 8 p.m., gadgets at 10 p.m., and TVs, clothing and jewelry at 5 a.m. Black Friday. Boasting 1,190 items on sale, check out their hottest deals below:

  • Leappad 1.0 Learning Tablet ($65) and Furby ($45)
  • Razor Accelerator 12-Volt Electric Scooter ($79)
  • Fisher Price Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler 6-Volt Ride Ons (Hot Wheels and Barbie) ($89 each)
  • Xbox 360 4GB + SkyLanders Bundle ($149)
  • More than 100 video games at $10, $15 or $25 each
  • Fashion dolls such as Barbie, Bratz and Disney Princess ($5 each)
  • 48” Air-Powered Hockey Table ($30)
  • 14’ trampoline with enclosure and bonus Flash Light Zone ($159)

Sears

Featuring two quakes of door busters, Sears will kick off its first round of deals on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. with an aftershock at 4 a.m. on Black Friday. With a whopping 948 deals, there are savings for the entire family:

  • Samsung 40" 1080p LED HDTV ($430)
  • Women’s select boots ($20) and fashion boots ($30)
  • Fine jewelry, 60 percent to 75 percent off
  • Asus X401A14" laptop w/Intel Celeron B830, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, Windows 8 (Black) ($220)
  • CanonEOS Rebel T3i IS II 18.0 megapixel DSLR camera w/18-55mm Lens and 8GB SD Card ($600)
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch ($40)
  • Travel Concepts 20" Carry-On Spinner (assorted colors) ($35)

Kmart

Kmart’s Black Friday ad shows off two sets of bargains; Black Thursday at 8 p.m. and Black Friday at 5 a.m. Premiering 48 pages filled with 1,751 deals, Kmart has a wide variety of sale items in every category. This year, they will be upping the ante by offering free layaway on most Black Friday purchases. Doorbusters include:

  • Satellite Boy's electric scooter (red) ($70)
  • Nintendo DSi - handheld game console (blue) ($80)
  • Buy one/get one free on all footwear
  • Mach Speed 4GB MP3 player (silver) ($10)
  • Uniden 3 Handset DECT 6.0 cordless phone w/caller ID ($30)
  • Canon PowerShot A2300 digital camera (black) w/free 8GB SD card ($80)
  • Huffy Superia 26" ladies' and men’s bikes ($69)
  • 1-Ct. TW diamond jewelry ($100)
  • Essential Home Manor bath towel ($2)
  • Essential Home vanity desk w/stool ($110)
  • Trim A Home 6' Blue Mountain Christmas tree ($20)

Target

Target’s teaser for Black Thursday is short, sweet and straight to the point. Not too far behind the bigger fish, their shopping extravaganza starts at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Highlights so far are:

  • Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Bundle w/Kinect sensor, wireless controller, Kinect Adventures and Disneyland ($200)
  • Nook Simple Touch eReader ($40)
  • Nikon COOLPIX L310 14.1 megapixel ($100)
  • Brave (DVD) ($10)
  • $10 Target gift card when you spend $50 or more in apparel, accessories and home
  • Apex 32" 1080p LCD HDTV ($147)

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