By Robbie Owens

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s been said that the early bird gets the worm—but, who cares about worms when retailers are offering great deals on electronics?  And this year, shoppers are getting a turkey day head start.  But, is it too soon?

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Tammy Thies, says ‘no’.  “I kind of like shopping”, says Thies, “so I appreciate them being open and giving us this time.”

Closeout retailer Big Lots opened the doors at 7 AM on Thanksgiving and shoppers were already lined up at the Haskell Avenue store.  Sheree Robertson arrived at 4 AM, to make sure her wish list wouldn’t be sold out.

“I want these tablets, right here,” said Robertson, pointing to the Big Lots sales circular.  But, she insists that shopping won’t get in the way of celebrating Thanksgiving.

“After church, then it’s going to be turkey dinner, and then back to the store, again.”

Bass Pro Shops opened at 8 AM—and customers were already waiting, still deciding on the wish lists.  But, what Mike and Sally Roberts seemed to want most was to avoid the Black Friday crowds.

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“You go by tickets—and I was number 94, and I parked way back at the back just to get in here, yesterday, so I thought, we’ll get here first thing this morning.”

Economists say retailers are opening their doors earlier to compete for a larger share of shoppers’ holiday cash.  Some have been criticized publicly for the move, but a spokesperson for the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, says for them, Thanksgiving shopping hours are really nothing new.

“Wal-Mart’s open 24/7 and we’ve been open on Thanksgiving for many, many, years,” says spokesperson Daniel Morales.

Clearly, customers are salivating over Thanksgiving Day deals.  But, what about the turkey dinner?

“Turkey’s from Noon until 2,” says Thies, “and then I’ll be back shopping.”

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