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Published November 15, 2011, 09:50 PM

Black Friday starting earlier than ever this year

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Black Friday is only 10 days away, and this year, the shopping holiday starts earlier than usual. Many stores will open on Thanksgiving. Shoppers say early hours can be a blessing, and a curse.

Black Friday is only 10 days away, and this year, the shopping holiday starts earlier than usual. Many stores will open on Thanksgiving. Shoppers say early hours can be a blessing, and a curse.

In a little over one week, the madness of Black Friday begins.

Pam Rue – New Rockford: "You have to wait in line so long."

Jill Schroeder - Fargo: “I just don't like the crowds and I'm willing to pay to pay ten dollars more for what I want."

Some stores are scrapping traditional Black Friday hours, creating a new sort of holiday: Black Thursday.

Jill Schroeder: "I think holidays should be time with the family."

Sarah Byers - Albertville: "I think it kind of takes away from family time, but like I said a lot of us do it a different day, or make it a family tradition to go shopping and that stuff."

Many stores, like Target, open at midnight. Wal-Mart opens it doors two hours earlier, at ten. The earliest by far? Toys R Us. Customers can come in starting at 9 PM on Thanksgiving.

Now, to snag a deal on Desperate Housewives, or your other favorite TV shows, and pick up the trendiest technology, shoppers won't have to stay up all night."

Pam Rue: "If I go, I like to wait a little bit, when everyone is in the stores, so there's not such a crowd running in."

The race will soon be on for the best bargains, and early hours may help you avoid the crowd.

Some people are petitioning, trying to stop stores from those early hours. An Omaha man, Anthony Hardwick, works at Target. He's started an online petition asking the store to open later. Hardwick says he'll have to miss family gatherings for sleep. Target says the midnight opening is a response to customer demands. About 100,000 people have signed the petition.

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