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Here are some of the best Black Friday deals in Kansas City

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Thanksgiving may be top of mind right now, but we know coming in a close second is that growing list that you better make and check twice.

If you plan to be one of those early bird, doorbuster shoppers after the turkey is digested, here is a preview of the Black Friday sales for you.

The stores are stocked, and the employees are ready.

"This is our Super Bowl. This is what we live for," said Ray Shadel, the manager at the Independence Toys R Us.

We are less than 48 hours and counting until the first doors open to blockbuster sales on Thanksgiving evening. But the question is are you fueled by turkey and pie and ready to shop?

According to a KCTV5 News Twitter poll, the diehard shoppers are in the minority. Only 10-percent agree they wouldn't miss shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday while an overwhelming 69-percent say they want no part of it.

But maybe a sneak-peak at some of the bargains will change your mind. 

Toys R Us and Best Buy will open first at 5 p.m. Thursday, and here are some of the deals offered.

At Toys R Us, Pokemon, Nerf and Fur Real Friends items are all 50-percent off. Plus, most everything Barbie is 40-percent off.

And the hot-pick toy of the year, the one KCTV5's Carolyn Long believes everyone will be clamoring for after Black Friday, are Hatchamals which retail for $69.99 at Toys R Us.

Walmart will have Hatchamals for $48.88 while supplies last of course.

Also, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Walmart, you'll save $50 off a 3D virtual reality drone for $99.

You will also find a Phillips 55-inch smart 4K TV for $298. And who wouldn't love to find a Cinderella dollhouse with furniture for $88.

Many shoppers assume they can just find the deals later  after the crowds go down, but think again. Some of the best doorbusters are truly exclusive to those first few hours.

One example is a Toshiba 49-inch Chromecast 4K Ultra HD TV for $199.99 at Best Buy. Experts say it's the top television of the year.

Or, you can grab a Garmin Vivosmart activity tracker for $69.99 and save $100 off a JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker for $199.99

Target also opens at 6 p.m. Thursday with a hot deal on the X-Box One-S Battlefield or Minecraft bundle. You save $50 plus get a $40 Target gift card. Or for the same price of $249.99, you could get a 50-inch Hisense 4K TV.'

The Apple Watch Series 1 is marked down to $198, and you'll find 30-percent off all apparel, accessories and shoes.

Now, before you set your shopping alarm, it's important to make a game plan.

You see a lot of stores are taking a stand against Thanksgiving Day sales, not opening until Black Friday, like Nebraska Furniture Mart opening at 6 a.m. Friday.

With sales primarily focused on drones and the Nest Thermostat for $199. And another big item this year virtual reality.

"Inexpensive, standard headset you can use with your cell phone and an app for a basic VR experience," said Ethan Stover with Nebraska Furniture Mart.

And Friday, the Odyssey 3D Drone VR headset will sell for only $7.99, but there will only be 50 to go around.

On average, Black Friday shoppers will save about 38-percent during the sales. But, it's actually not the largest retail event of the year. That honor now goes to what is called Super Saturday on the final Saturday before Christmas which this year falls on Christmas Eve this year.

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