Gone are the days when you got the chance to take a nap or chat with guests in between Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping. Black Friday sales are being kicked off earlier and earlier each year, and 2012 is no different. This year, retailers are opening as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to kick off their Black Friday sales. Earlier sales start times are forcing many consumers to decide between whether they will stick around for holiday company or scour various shopping centers to catch some Black Friday savings. Here is a look at five retailers who are allowing customers to get an early jump on their Black Friday shopping.

Walmart has released its Black Friday ad, and consumers can begin their Black Friday shopping at 8 p.m. at the big-box retailer. Featuring sales in three different waves, Walmart is allowing its shoppers to start their holiday shopping even earlier than in years past, and Walmart has a sales ad that is sure to generate enough hype to crowd store aisles until closing time. With three different sales events, an early opening on Thanksgiving Day and a wide array of sales options, Walmart is definitely going to be a popular choice for many consumers. Walmart is also offering a one-hour in-stock guarantee on three items, including a 32-inch Emerson HDTV for $148.

Another store that is kicking off its Black Friday sales event early is the toy industry giant Toys"R"Us. Toys"R"Us will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with the first 200 guests in line receiving goody bags with stocking stuffers valued at $30. With an excellent Black Friday ad, Toys"R"Us will be among the busiest retail stores in America. The toy store is offering up door busters and deep discounts on items such as toys and video game consoles. Some of Toys"R"Us' great deals include a Coby Kryos 7-inch tablet for $69.99, 40% off all Legos and a deal in which if you buy one video game, you can get another of equal of lesser value for just $1. With sales like that, Toys"R"Us is poised to be a hot retailer on Black Friday.

Target is allowing consumers to get a head start on their Black Friday shopping by opening its doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Offering up a highly attractive circular for Black Friday, Target is poised to keep up with competitors such as Walmart and Kmart, by offering an early open time and plenty of deep discounted items. Some of its hot items being offered in its Black Friday ad include a $49 Nook Simple Touch, an Apex 32-inch HDTV for $147 and a Gateway 15.6-inch laptop for $349.

Kmart is another retailer that is offering early Black Friday shopping. Kmart's Black Friday shopping begins at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day and its sale is one that other retailers will be trying to beat. Similar to Walmart, Kmart is offering different phases of its Black Friday sale, with door-buster deals from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., with new door-buster deals starting at 5 a.m. after the store takes a two-hour break. Some of the hot items on Kmart's Black Friday circular include a 42-inch RCA Plasma HDTV for $199.99, up to 80% off all fine jewelry and up to 50% off all bed and bath items.

Another retailer that is opening its doors early for its Black Friday sale is Sears. Sears will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, and consumers can try to get a hold of some of the great deals being offered in Sears' Black Friday circular. Excellent choices from the Sears' Black Friday circular include the Nook Simple Touch e-Reader for $39.99, a 32-inch HDTV for $97 and a two carat diamond tennis bracelet for $99.99.

The Bottom Line
With plenty of stores opening early for Black Friday shopping, consumers certainly have plenty of options to choose from. Additionally, the caliber of the Black Friday ads are top-notch quality this year. Before going to the store, be sure to check out the various sales circulars so that you know which retailer best meets your shopping needs.

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