Thursday, November 22, 2012

Walmart's Black Friday Online 2012 sale opens; customers can support company's retail workers and still save

For those who want to eschew the "Thanksgiving Black Friday" sales -- meaning the ones that start on Thanksgiving evening, interruption the lives of both shopper and store employees -- there is an easy answer: the Internet. Despite the fact that Cyber Monday has been long advertised as the biggest online shopping day of the year, as broadband has expanded, that's no longer the case, and on Thanksgiving day a number of stores have opened up their "doors."

One of those sales is the poster child for Thanksgiving Day sales: Walmart. This year, many employees at the world's largest retailer have said they will strike, in protest of the event. At least some customers are "behind them," as evidenced by this popular online petition.

Those wishing to show solidarity with Walmart workers, but not so much solidarity that they miss all the Walmart deals (true solidarity would mean eschewing Walmart period), you can still get in on deals online.

In an email sent to newsletter subscribers, Walmart dished on the deals. Among them is something online only: a Get Connected of "Black Friday Insider" event. The deal changes every few hours, and the prices are Thanksgiving only.

For example, at the time of this writing, the deals include:

Orion 24" Class LED-LCD (2.28" ultra-slim) 720p 60Hz HDTV, SLED2468W - $78
Sylvania 7" Dual-Screen Portable DVD Player, Black - $49

Do not hesitate, though. A VIZIO 60" Class LED 1080p 120Hz SMART HDTV, ultra-slim, E601i-A3 - $688 has already sold out. Indeed, folks are not waiting for Black Friday, the actual day, that is.

Walmart's Black Friday Online sale has begun as well, in addition to the Insider specials above. The online sale has prices that are online-only, and run the gamut from electronics to toys to video games to DVDs to housewares and far, far more.

Those wanting to experience Black Friday in person can visit their local Walmart at 8 p.m. Be prepared to possibly have to cross a picket line, though.

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