BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB/CNN) - Retailers are starting earlier than normal as some stores are launching Black Friday deals before Friday approaches.
Usually consumers make a run for great bargains on Black Friday, but this year, bargain hunting season is starting one week earlier.
According to CNN's Alexandria Field, Walmart is holding a special "Pre-Black Friday Sale" which cuts prices. The sale began on Friday, November 22nd, seven days before the big event that shoppers eagerly anticipate.
"We know that last year 35 million shoppers were out in stores and shopping online on Thanksgiving Day, and we're fully expecting to see as many people this year," says a Wal-mart spokesperson.
Field says Walmart will open its doors at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Toys R' Us will open at 5 p.m. Field's reports that shoppers in some states, such as Florida and Ohio, are already camping out for Thursday's big sales.
Fields says Black Friday still draws the biggest numbers, drawing in 46% of consumers. And 34% will be back in stores on the Thanksgiving weekend. In addition, Cyber Monday is quickly approaching, and it's expected to last through most of the week, bringing in over a billion dollars in sales online.