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Black Friday Shopping in St. Louis to Start Earlier Than Ever in 2012

Walmart announced a Thanksgiving Day start to its sales. Target, Toys R Us, and Best Buy aren't far behind.

Serious shoppers know Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the day for bargains.

Retailers are opening earlier than ever this year with sales to entice more holiday shoppers. Home Depot started its Black Friday sales on Nov. 8. 

Walmart has set the bar at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for 2012 sales to start. Will other stores follow?

Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us are among a growing number of shops kicking off Black Friday sales at midnight, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

Area mall doors will open at various times, though some of their stores may or may not be open then.

Many sales haven't been announced yet. Target offers a signup to receive text messages of sales, and previews a 40-inch Toshiba TV, a Samsung laptop computer, a Playstation 3 and other sale items on its website.

Want to get the most from your shopping? About.com offers nine tips to get the most out of your Black Friday.

  1. Check Out the Ads
  2. Do Your Research Before Friday
  3. Compare Prices
  4. Look for Early Bird Shopper Discounts
  5. Beat the Crowds with Night Owl Discounts on Thanksgiving
  6. Bring the Ads
  7. Know the Store Policies
  8. Ask for Gift Receipts
  9. Saying "Charge It" Can Pay Off

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