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WalMart Open 24 Hours for Black Friday — How to Get Your Deals

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Walmart is instituting a major change in the way it will handle Black Friday lines after the death of a worker last year. Instead of lining up outside of the store, creating a stampede for the best deals at 5 AM, most Walmart stores will remain open for 24 hours so that shoppers can enter the store in an orderly fashion and wait in the comfort of the florescent lights and 68 degree heat. So how will this change affect your quest for whatever notebooks and gadgets Walmart offers on Black Friday? Don’t worry; it’s going to be a lot more orderly and, thanks to coordination with several sources, safer.

lowpricelaptopParticipating Walmart stores, all stores that are already open 24 hours, will stay open overnight on Thanksgiving so that customers can enter the store and make their way to designated product displays. So, for example, the Black Friday notebook that Walmart will offer will have a line all of its own; which will be supervised by a Walmart employee. Most Walmart stores already have limited experience with these types of lines since they are used for hot product launches like that that of the PlayStation 3, so things should go smoothly enough.

This method is similar to the ticketing method of distributing Black Friday deals at retailers such as Best Buy, where it has proved both safe and popular. The biggest difference is that, from the way Walmart describes the plan to the New York Times, each item will have its own line. This means if you are trying to get a doorbuster HDTV and a doorbuster notebook on Black Friday you should plan on bringing a friend to wait in the other line.

Overall this is a very positive change and follows the guidelines set forth by the National Retail Foundation as well as the Black Friday Safety Measures in place at other retailers. If you want to know more about how to stay safe on Black Friday you can read tips from a safety expert at WalletPop.

Photo credit: Ryan McFarland

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

13 Comments

  1. melenen

    November 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    wow tis will be crazey!!

  2. melenen

    November 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    wow tis will be crazey!!

  3. melenen

    November 13, 2009 at 6:00 am

    wow tis will be crazey!!

  4. ghostsouls

    November 14, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    While I am finally glad to see Walmart taking responsibility and the initiative to not only protect it’s employees and customers, I still foresee problems…. people just get crazy. Prepare for cutting in line, saving places, etc…. Once people are in line, and supervised by an employee, they should be given a ticket for the item, and only for one item, they can’t get 6 of them, without getting in line again. While this looks great, do not discount the stupidity of people.

  5. ghostsouls

    November 14, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    While I am finally glad to see Walmart taking responsibility and the initiative to not only protect it’s employees and customers, I still foresee problems…. people just get crazy. Prepare for cutting in line, saving places, etc…. Once people are in line, and supervised by an employee, they should be given a ticket for the item, and only for one item, they can’t get 6 of them, without getting in line again. While this looks great, do not discount the stupidity of people.

  6. ghostsouls

    November 14, 2009 at 8:38 am

    While I am finally glad to see Walmart taking responsibility and the initiative to not only protect it’s employees and customers, I still foresee problems…. people just get crazy. Prepare for cutting in line, saving places, etc…. Once people are in line, and supervised by an employee, they should be given a ticket for the item, and only for one item, they can’t get 6 of them, without getting in line again. While this looks great, do not discount the stupidity of people.

  7. It's me

    November 23, 2009 at 7:41 am

    In the past Secret Sales, Walmart started with just a line- then they advanced to the line and ticket scenario. The ticket guaranteed your purchase (until a certain time). This seems to be a good idea IF they are going to have multiple lines. Well a good idea for the customers, anyway. Walmart probably figures that if they sell out of one item while the customer is in another line, then they just made two customers instead of one.

  8. It's me

    November 23, 2009 at 8:04 am

    In the past Secret Sales, Walmart started with just a line- then they advanced to the line and ticket scenario. The ticket guaranteed your purchase (until a certain time). This seems to be a good idea IF they are going to have multiple lines. Well a good idea for the customers, anyway. Walmart probably figures that if they sell out of one item while the customer is in another line, then they just made two customers instead of one.

  9. a1programmer

    November 26, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    The whole concept of black Friday is ridiculous, if you ask me. What do you expect to happen when you only have 10 of a specific item, yet you have hundreds of people trying to get it. I could come up with at least 5 ways to do it better. It's almost like a stupid drawing.

  10. a1programmer

    November 27, 2009 at 1:24 am

    The whole concept of black Friday is ridiculous, if you ask me. What do you expect to happen when you only have 10 of a specific item, yet you have hundreds of people trying to get it. I could come up with at least 5 ways to do it better. It's almost like a stupid drawing.

  11. WalmartSource

    November 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    There will be 96 Emachines Laptops this year at each Walmart. (inside source)

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