Forget Black Friday—Are You Ready for Black Thursday?

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Picture yourself on Thanksgiving Day. Are you catching up with family members and heaping your plate with four kinds of carbs? Or are you getting ready to throw down over some half-price cashmere?

Retailers are really hoping you'll opt for the latter scenario, which is why stores like Gap, Target, Sears, and New York City's Lord & Taylor flagship are introducing Black Thursday, aka Black Friday for Overachievers, aka Thanksgiving Day sales are a thing now, you guys. 

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Of course, lots of employees at these Black-Thursday-happy stores aren't too psyched about being roused from their food comas to ring up rabid bargain-hunters.

"This Thanksgiving, while millions of families plan to spend quality time with their loved ones, many Wal-Mart workers have been told we will be stocking shelves and preparing for doors to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night," Mary Pitt Taft, a Wal-Mart worker in Wisconsin, wrote in a letter that was posted on WWD.  

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Shoppers who do decide to venture out to the mall on Thanksgiving are clearly the type of diehards who value scoring an extra 10 percent off on DVDs over pie, which means they might be touch more unhinged than the usual Black Friday crowd. So, turkey day shoppers, approach that store like a battlefield. 

Tell us, will you be swiping your credit card this Thanksgiving? 

Poll: Will you be shopping this Thanksgiving?
Click to vote:
  • No way! I'd rather be eating turkey with my friends and family.
  • Of course! Nothing can keep me from scoring a great bargain.

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