Walmart Moves Black Friday Back

For years, the day after Thanksgiving has been the official start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is the day of crazy sales, long lines, and near-riots in all the big box stores. But Walmart is starting a new trend, opening their stores up at 8PM on Thanksgiving Day, making Black Friday a Thursday.

The move is bold – Walmart is banking on customers not being in a food coma after a day of turkey and tryptophan. They are also guaranteeing the availability of certain items, including the iPad 2 and certain flat-screen TVs.

The move is most likely a way to make more cash on an already competitive shopping day, but also as a way to counter the ease and convenience of shopping online. Will an extra day of deals convince you to leave your Thanksgiving feast and speed over to Walmart?