Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Black Friday 2009: Walmart

It's never too early to look forward to sales the day after Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday. This day marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, and it looks like Wal*Mart is wasting no time to get out the word about their sales.

From AC:

Wal-Mart started a series of weekly shopping events. This week, you can get an HP notebook for $298 or a 42" TV for $498. Best Buy also had a deal on a similar 42" TV for $498.99 - only .99 more than Wal-Mart. I expect to see TV price wars this holiday season, so this might be the year to buy your husband that flat screen TV he's been drooling over.

And more from Newsday:

The world’s largest retailer says day-after-Thanksgiving sales will begin at 5 a.m. Nov. 27, but most U.S. stores will be open 24 hours to prevent a mad dash. The announcement doesn’t affect most of Wal-Mart’s Supercenters, which are already open 24 hours.

Federal safety regulators cited Wal-Mart for inadequate crowd management after the Nov. 28, 2008, death of a temporary employee at a Valley Stream store. A crowd of shoppers broke down the store’s doors, trapping employee Jdimytai Damour, who died of asphyxiation.

Wal-Mart said in a statement that it consulted with safety experts in the sports and entertainment industries to develop store-specific plans for all U.S. locations. Each plan looked at how customers approach and enter the store, how they check out and leave, as well as how customers move around the store and near the biggest bargains, Wal-Mart said.

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