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Walmart and Best Buy are among the latest retailers to announce special hours and deals for Black Friday.

Walmart plans to offer the typical Thanksgiving and Black Friday discounts over a period of days, not hours, starting online Thanksgiving morning just after midnight and continuing with additional discounts at 6 p.m. in the stores, which are open on Thanksgiving. The nation's biggest retailer promises five days of sales with tailored events through the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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Best Buy said more than 1,000 stores in 47 states will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with most locations staying open until 1 a.m. Friday. Stores will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday and close that night at 10 p.m.

Once again Walmart will offer its one-hour guarantee, special deals for shoppers who are in designated parts of the store between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 27.

"Black Friday is no longer about waking up at the crack of dawn to stand in long lines and hope for the best," Duncan Mac Naughton, Walmart's chief merchandising officer, said in Wednesday's announcement. "At Walmart, it's become a family shopping tradition where everyone shops at some point throughout the weekend."

Best Buy's "doorbusters" deals will begin at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with another set at 8 a.m. Friday. Other "doorbusters" will be available online only.

Some deals will include, Panasonic 50" LED 1080p HDTV for $199.99, $100 off on all iPad Air 2 models, Beats Solo headphones for $79.99 and the Dyson DC44 Origin cordless stick bagless vacuum for $219.99.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com


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