Black Friday campers start early
The waiting begins at Best Buy in Greenwood. "We're just here for the TVs," said shopper Jose Camarena. Also holding down one of the first two places on line is Krista Garcia. Is it worth it to spend Thanksgiving eve in a tent? "Actually it is," she answers.
They're hoping to save $220.00 on a 40 inch flat screen television - part of the midnight door buster here.
Best Buy has an area marked off for the anticipated waiting line that wraps all the way around the building. Last year it was full, people tell us. They have friends and family bring Thanksgiving meals to them.
That deal desire moves the Black Friday madness four hours earlier this year with Wa-lMart, Kmart, Sears, Target and more opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Tara Wynn said, "We plan on going out. We usually stay out till we get tired."
She and Lindsey Gallagher like the midnight start times, but may try the 8 o'clock anyway.
Lindsey said, "Last year we went through the sales papers. We're gonna go here...we're gonna go there. This year, (we) don't have any place as of now. Just gonna wing it."
At Wal-Mart, no lines yet on Wednesday night, but stores expect big turnouts after the turkey.
On-line sales started Monday on Amazon.
"Different specials every day. Some flat screens at one-third to one-half off," says shopper Dave.
Target, Sears, KMart and Wal-Mart also have online deals. Shopper Christine Abbott says they're pretty good. "Of course, I like to go inside, too. I like the Christmas spirit and stuff."
Tonight, it's Thanksgiving meal fixin's going into cars. Thursday night, stores hope they are bags of gifts bought by exhausted shoppers.
"Lots of coffee? I'm not a coffee drinker," Wynn said. "Last year, it was Five Hour Energy drinks."
And back in the Best Buy lot, Camarena said, "We still have more stuff coming. I'm gonna bring blankets and stuff. It's gonna be good after that."