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!

For more Black Friday coverage, check out our Black Friday Deals and other Black Friday 2009 news today.


Latest Black Friday Shots

    Sam's Club Chief Executive Doug McMillon (R) talks with Vice President and Regional General Manager John Furner (L) and New York City Markets Manager Mohamed Khan (C) in the toy section of the Sam's Club Store in Secaucus, New Jersey, November 25, 2008. Black Friday sales and store traffic will rise this year as U.S. consumers who delayed purchases in the past few weeks finally head to stores to take advantage of retail deals, McMillon said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES)

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    Sam's Club Chief Executive Doug McMillon smiles as he tours the Sam's Club Store in Secaucus, New Jersey, November 25, 2008. Black Friday sales and store traffic will rise this year as U.S. consumers who delayed purchases in the past few weeks finally head to stores to take advantage of retail deals, McMillon said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES)

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    Sam's Club Chief Executive Doug McMillon poses in the Christmas Holidays area at the Sam's Club Store in Secaucus, New Jersey, November 25, 2008. Black Friday sales and store traffic will rise this year as U.S. consumers who delayed purchases in the past few weeks finally head to stores to take advantage of retail deals, McMillon said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES)

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    ** FILE ** In this Nov. 12, 2008 file photo, tourist Chrissy Pike from Newfoundland, Canada, right, gathers with friends by the subway after shopping at Macy's Herald Square in New York. Shoppers from Europe and Asia who used to arrive in the U.S. with empty suitcases to hold their holiday shopping may be looking at their own finances, exchange rates and the price of airline tickets this year _ and deciding to stay home. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    ** FILE** In this Nov. 12, 2008 file photo, sisters from Ireland visiting New York, from left, Carol Walshe, Louise Russell and Betty Foley, are shown with another sibling, right, after shopping at the Gap. Shoppers from Europe and Asia who used to arrive in the U.S. with empty suitcases to hold their holiday shopping may be looking at their own finances, exchange rates and the price of airline tickets this year _ and deciding to stay home. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    ** FILE ** In this Oct. 7, 2008 file photo, Marianne Skoglund of Orebro, Sweden, coddles an armload of jelly beans while shopping with a friend at Economy Candy on the Lower East Side in New York. Shoppers from Europe and Asia who used to arrive in the U.S. with empty suitcases to hold their holiday shopping may be looking at their own finances, exchange rates and the price of airline tickets this year _ and deciding to stay home. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, file)

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    On Nov. 28, Nintendo will release a duo of limited-edition Nintendo DS(TM) bundles, each pairing a Nintendo DS game title with a hand-held system in a bold new color. The Mario(TM) Red Nintendo DS bundle includes a red system emblazoned with a familiar M for Mario, and a copy of New Super Mario Bros(TM). The Ice Blue Nintendo DS comes with a custom carrying case and the popular Brain Age(TM): Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day. Each bundle sells at an MSRP of $149.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

    BUSINESS WIRE

    On Nov. 28, Nintendo will release a duo of limited-edition Nintendo DS(TM) bundles, each pairing a Nintendo DS game title with a hand-held system in a bold new color. The Mario(TM) Red Nintendo DS bundle includes a red system emblazoned with a familiar M for Mario, and a copy of New Super Mario Bros(TM). The Ice Blue Nintendo DS comes with a custom carrying case and the popular Brain Age(TM): Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day. Each bundle sells at an MSRP of $149.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

    BUSINESS WIRE

    A girl plays in front of a sale sign posted at clothing store in Daly City, Calif., Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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    A free personalization promotion is seen inside a holiday-themed store in New York's Bryant Park November 24, 2008. Facing a slew of bad economic news as the holiday shopping season approaches, small independent retailers and boutiques are adjusting strategies and inventories to attract customers' money, and lure them away from the major chains. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)

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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!

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