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Shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
For some, it's never a bad time to get a head start on the holiday shopping season. The madness officially begins tomorrow. But, many hardcore shoppers have already started to warm up their credit cards. Black Fridays are so 2008. More and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving. Old Navy opened its doors at noon promising free Rock Band guitars for the first few dozen people in line. Lines were already packed hours before the opening. Last year, Old Navy experimented with Thanksgiving day sales at a select number of stores and decided to expand the sales this year.

"The response last year was so overwhelming from our customers," said Mark Haley, Old Navy. "We really found that they told us that they wanted an alternative. There aren't a lot of retailers open on thanksgiving so this gives them something to do after they're done with their Thanksgiving and football and come out and spend time with their family.

Other stores were doing the same thing on Thanksgiving like K-mart. People lined up in front of the Burbank K-mart in the pre-dawn hours of Thanksgiving morning trying to scope out the best deals.

Like most big retailers, the big day is still tomorrow and the early morning wakeup call begins as early as 12:01 a.m.


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