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Shoppers get a jump on Black Friday

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Some stores decided to get a jump on Black Friday deals for shoppers by opening their doors a bit earlier this year.  We spoke with some shoppers who decided to forego the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving all for the sake of a good deal.

For most people, Thanksgiving is normally filled with great food and good football, but for shoppers, like Mindy Walker, waiting for the stores to open on Black Friday; Thanksgiving is all about the deals. 

"I think it's worth the wait and really we do it more for just the fun.  We never really get together a lot throughout the year.  So, it's just the way to keep the husbands at home, let them do their thing, and then, we just spend the money," said Walker.

Walker's family postponed their Thanksgiving feast until Saturday so they could be first in line when Toys 'R Us opened its doors for the crowds at 9 o'clock on Thanksgiving night.  With some toys and electronics marked down as much as 60%, shoppers say it's worth the wait.

"The netbooks, they have a really good deal on them.  Some of the big Barbie stuff, and the LaLaloopsey dolls," said Walker.

Shayne Knowles and several other shoppers waited on the sidewalk in front of Toys ‘R Us since 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

"It's pretty crazy, you know, but I always get first in line so I don't have to worry about crowds you know.  So, that's the benefit of getting here early," said Knowles.

At Best Buy, tents wrapped around the building, shoppers waiting for the doors to open at midnight.  Ford Mitchell was at the head of the line.  He has been camping out since 10:00 am on Wednesday.

"Every time I saw on the news people, they said people were camping out there all over the nation at Best Buy.  So, I figured well, I might as well be up there.  So, I came up here and nobody was here.  So I said I would be the first one," said Mitchell.

This shopper could not stay away from one deal this year.

"It's a first for me.  I saw the television, a 42-inch for $199.  I just couldn't pass it up.  It's a good deal," said Mitchell.

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