What time do Black Friday sales start? An online and in-store breakdown

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This year, retailers have opened up shopping earlier than ever, with several stores offering Pre-Black Friday deals online as early as Monday. The local mall is also opening at an unprecedented time, unbolting the doors at 4 AM to get customers in! With every retailer opening at a different time and offering online deals at all hours of the night you almost need an air traffic controller to keep it straight. Thankfully, WalletPop bunkered down and found out when you need to battle off your tryptophan-induced daze to score your Black Friday Deals!

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Without further ado, your Black Friday store and online sale times! All times are EST.

In Store and Online:

  • Sears- In Store: 5 AM; Online: 12:01 AM Thursday

  • KB Toys - In Store: 12:01 AM at 270 locations; Online: 1 AM*

  • Best Buy - In Store: 5 AM; Online: 2 AM

  • WalMart - In Store: 5 AM; Online: 4:30 AM*

  • Toys R Us - In Store: 5 AM; Online: 5 AM

  • Circuit City - In Store: 5 AM; Online: 7 AM*

  • Office Depot - In Store: 6 AM; Online: 7 AM*

  • Kmart - In Store: 6 AM; Online: 8 AM*

  • Kohls - In Store: 4 AM; Online: 1 AM

  • Meijer- In Store: 5 AM; Online: None

  • Target - In Store: 6 AM; Online: Not yet known

  • Staples - In Store: 6 AM; Online: Not yet known

  • Costco- In Store: 9 AM; Online Not Yet Known

  • Sam's Club - In Store: 5 AM; Online Not Yet Known

  • Old Navy - In Store: 5 AM; Online Not Yet Known

Online Only:

Times designated with an * indicate the time that online sales started for Black Friday 2007, courtesy Dan de Grandpre of Dealnews.com, who suggests ordering online before you go to bed, or as soon as you wake up in the morning for the best chance of scoring a good deal.

This year we have seen retailers breaking many of the traditional Black Friday rules, so be sure to check back as retailers may move up their online offerings in an attempt to beat other stores offering Pre-Black Friday deals. Also stay tuned for updates later this week for Black Friday and Cyber Monday; the day retailers go all out for online sales!