Walmart Black Friday Sales Events Starting Now

The nation’s largest retailer put another nail in the coffin of the the traditional "Black Friday." There's no need to wait until the day after Thanksgiving for the deals anymore.

A basket full of toys is seen in a Walmart store during Black Friday on November 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas
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Walmart is joining a growing collection of retailers putting an end to the notion that Black Friday sales are solely for the day after Thanksgiving and the crushing throngs of early-rising shoppers, frantic for a bargain. 

The nation’s largest retailer is unleashing Black Friday deals now (opens in new tab) in a campaign it calls Black Friday Deals for Days (opens in new tab). Many of the deals are available now online. They were scheduled to be in stores by Wednesday, Nov. 9.

As we’ve written, Amazon’s Early Access Sale event was the first to take the wind out of Black Friday 2022’s sails (or sales). Among retailers who also jumped the gun are Home Depot and Best Buy. And Bank of America, ran a one-day shopping event to reward shoppers for spending early.

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A range of issues are fueling this end-of-Black-Friday-as-we-knew-it trend,  including retailers eager to get rid of overstock, shoppers’ desire to get holiday shopping finished early this year, and, probably No. 1: inflation. Holiday shopping budgets are strained, and shoppers fret that instead of seeing bigger bargains as the holidays approach, inflation will instead boost prices.

So what’s Walmart doing about it? Walmart’s Black Friday deals on sale now include:

Bob Niedt
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.