Black Friday Starts Thursday

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Several tents have been set up by people in anticipation of black Friday sales, in front of the Best Buy store on November 19, 2012 in Orem, Utah.

Happy Thanksgiving, time to celebrate at your local Walmart. Black Friday kicked off around 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving—excluding the online sales, some of which also started on Thursday. Walmart and Toys R Us both opened at 8 p.m., as did Sears, which will be open from 8 p.m. Thursday until 10 p.m. Friday, and Target opened its doors at 9 p.m. Thursday. Overall, about 17 percent of shoppers are expected to take part in the Thanksgiving sales, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs survey. But expect some problems on Friday: Walmart workers are planning to protest the Thanksgiving hours.