It's on. Earlier than ever. Dangling Black Friday door-buster deals, giveaways and every come-on in their promotional playbook, retailers did their best to turn cautious consumers into holiday buyers deeper into Thanksgiving Day. At 10 a.m. a dozen shoppers were checking out $5 sweatshirts at Old Navy while a handful waited in a Kenneth City Kmart for a close-up of 70 percent off jewelry. Things got more serious after dark at Toys "R" Us in St. Petersburg as more than 500 shoppers poured through the doors at 9 p.m. to snag half-price deals on such hot toys as LeapFrog Leapsters and My Baby Alive dolls. At Best Buy in Tampa, where deals like a 42-inch HD TV slashed to $200 beckoned, the electronics chain entertained hundreds waiting in line by projecting the latest Harry Potter film on the side of a large white panel truck. Most big box and mall stores were scheduled to open their doors sometime between midnight and the pre-dawn hours for today's Black Friday rush.
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