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Can't wait for "Black Friday?" How about "Gray Thursday?"

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Thanksgiving is nowadays referred to as "Gray Thursday" by some shoppers.

"Actually not a big Black Friday shopper, but since they're open on Thanksgiving and I'm not working, I kind of like to stop in," says Patrice Thabault of Burlington.

Many stores are opening so early for Black Friday they are now starting to open on Thanksgiving with the super saving deals Black Friday is known for.

"Tablets on sale this morning that were originally 300 dollars, they were on sale for 40. A lot of our TVs and electronics are on huge sales," says Trish Tomlins, an assistant manager at Kmart.

Stores opening this early and having discounted deals for a longer stretch of time has many shoppers in good spirits.

"I think it's pretty fabulous. I came here, didn't have much going on earlier in the day, and the roads were really good so I decided to come on down and shop and I got a lot of good deals," says Michelline Larose of Georgia, Vermont.

While being open for 41 hours straight may be good news for customers, Consumer Reports have placed Kmart on their naughty list for making employees work the holiday. But Kmart employees say they are well taken care of.

"Kmart was really great about working around people's schedules so they would have time to spend with their family and we're also provided food so we have turkey sandwiches for the day for the people that are not able to eat with their family," says Tomlins.

Shoppers have been waiting in line all Thanksgiving day for stores to open. Matt Cote's been in line outside Best Buy waiting to buy a new TV. "It's been cold a lot colder than last year. Last year I was here for 7 and a half hours and it was a lot warmer," he says.

For some, putting off Thanksgiving dinner is worth the great deals they can get for their holiday shopping.

"Big huge box of chocolates, 88 pieces for 20 dollars," says Thabault.

Along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Gray Thursday is now part of shoppers' vocabulary.

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