This year, that means stores like Target and Toys R Us will be offering holiday specials even earlier to kickstart the biggest selling season of the year.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official start of the holiday shopping season - popularly known as Black Friday - when retailers move from being unprofitable, or "in the red," to
being profitable, or "in the black".
Contrary to popular belief, Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year in terms of money spent. That title belongs to a day or two before Christmas when last minute Christmas shopping is at its height.
Yet there are Americans, and in great numbers, who begin shopping in earnest on Black Friday - or even before.
When do stores open for Black Friday 2016?
TO BE ANNOUNCED
In recent years, increased competition to lure in shoppers has added a new shopping day to the holiday roster: "Gray Thursday".
That's right, Thanksgiving Day, the day BEFORE Black Friday has now become the official start of Black Friday sales by some of the nation's biggest retailers and department stores.
As Black Friday nears, keep it here for updates.
Jump Starting the Holidays - Early Black Friday Sales
Amazon.com has begun Black Friday sales beginning as early as November 1, along with Walmart which last year announced "rollbacks" on 20,000 in-store and online items, including popular electronics and toys the same day.
Stocking their shelves for early Christmas sales, major retailers are likely to follow suit this year, planning early Black Friday deals to lure in crowds of shoppers looking for the best sales and holiday bargains.
The reason? In a poor economy, retailers want to lure in the early crowds so they don't have to store as much inventory until the end of the year. As a result, hot holiday items are likely to run out before the holiday rush even peaks!
How to Survive Black Friday
Surf the web or research local newspapers for the latest Black Friday sales & circulars.
Make a detailed list of sales items for everyone on your gift list.
On Black Friday, make an early start, and stay focused on your shopping list
at all times.
Carry a cell phone to keep in touch with shopping buddies for sales alerts.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Pack a Black Friday comfort kit: snack bar, water, aspirin.
Word to the wise? Don't wait for the holiday shopping spirit to hit before you head off to the department stores. Beat the crowds and save extra cash by taking advantage of early Black Friday sales at the beginning of November. Then, wait to save big on other items — like stocking stuffers, Christmas wrap, and holiday cards — that go on drastic clearance as the holidays finally roll around.
More about 2016 Black Friday sales around the Web:
On the Web, check out more consumer tips, reports, facts, information on Black Friday, and where to find the hottest sales taking place coast to coast beginning officially on Friday, November
24, 2016 ... followed by 2016 Cyber
Monday sales for great online deals on December 1 ....
BlackFriday.com - Catch this year's best sales with a searchable database, news, and e-mail alerts on the hottest post-Thanksgiving deals at Target, Dell, Walmart, Costco, Old Navy, Toys R Us and lots more ....
Official Black Friday Site - Visitor-submitted information with lists of hot sales items from major retailers including Staples, Sears, Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, Walgreens and more.
Official Black Friday Ads - From DealTaker.com, offering free registration for entry into forum posts on the latest news about Black Friday sales.
Black Friday @ Gotta Deal - News, rumors and information on where and what's on sale, with scans of holiday sale circulars, a store locator, a history of Black Friday and a very busy forum.
Black Friday Shopping Tips - Check out helpful tips on researching Black Friday ads, scoping out department store and malls, and related advice on where to find the best sales.
Surviving Black Friday - It's all about strategy, with tips and related resources for saving big around the holidays.