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Don't Waste Your Money: Early Black Friday backlash growing

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The backlash is growing.

With more and more big retailers planning to open their doors on Thanksgiving this year, more and more shoppers are saying it has gone too far - and they want their holiday back. 

But will it accomplish anything? A new survey finds that 33 million people plan to shop on Thanksgiving evening, a quarter of all shoppers that weekend.

Love Shopping For Deals, Hate Shopping On Thanksgiving

Lindsey Giglia and her family enjoy shopping at Kmart for bargains. But this bargain shopper says she's not going to visit the store on Thanksgiving Day, even though it will open at 6 a.m. and stay open for 41 hours straight.

"I think that's terrible," said Giglia. "They should give people Thanksgiving off, and open up at either midnight or 6 a.m. Friday like years past."

Kmart is not the only store moving Black Friday to Thursday this year, it's just the earliest.

Toys R Us will open its doors at 5 p.m., meaning for the best deals, you'll need to line up by 2 or 3 p.m., during dinnertime.

Best Buy and Walmart will kick off their sales at 6 p.m.

Most major department stores, including Target, Macy's, Kohl's, Sears, and JCPenney, will open at 8 p.m. At least you can eat a rushed dinner in that case.

But Anna Miller and Sadie Brunner say they are all starting too early.

"If you want to open at 10, 11, midnight, that's fine, but I think that's a little much," Miller said.

"I think people need to spend time with their family. Let everyone have a break," Brunner said.

Petition Drives Under Way

So many people are upset that petition drives against early Black Friday are popping up on sites, like and

But stores say it's due to shopper demand, and if the shoppers line up, they will do it again next year.

Bottom Line

Don't like it? Don't shop.

With the exception of a few laptops and big screen TVs, you should be able to find most of those Thursday night deals at a later date, or online.

That way you don't ruin your holiday and you don't waste your money.

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