Black Friday gets earlier, shopper success varies

Black Friday gets earlier, shopper success varies

(WTVM) - Best Buy was one of the earliest opening stores in our region, with a 5 p.m. start time on Thanksgiving Day itself.

By the end, a line was wrapped around the building, but most people only got there a few hours beforehand.

WTVM was there when it was only David Rice holding onto the first spot.  He and his five sons took turns around the clock waiting for a 50 inch television selling for $200.

Stacy Horan and her friend Nekeshia Bennett were next and looking for the same deal. She was in great spirits the night before, but we caught up with her after she finally got her TV after a 24-hour wait in the cold.

Horan said, "It was my first experience and it will probably be my last, just to say I did it." When asked if she would do it again, she said 'not if it's going to be cold.'

One man showed up 20 minutes before the doors opened trying to buy a spot at the front of the line, but even if someone took him up on it, he would need a yellow ticket that employees already passed out giving customers documented 'dibs' to avoid pushing and shoving.

Kyle Davis from Harris County was waiting in line for a couple hours. He expressed concern that he may have been just a few places behind to get the last big TV deal, but he said he was going to buy one no matter what.

Other customers leaving the store had mixed fortunes.  Some left empty-handed and some saw more success. One man only had to wait in line for 30 minutes to get the deal on the Kindle Fire he was looking for.

There were a few other stores with Black Friday electronics deals that set record opening times. Kmart was the earliest Thursday at 6 a.m., and other stores like Wal-Mart, Kohl's, JC Penney and Macy's opened around the same time as Best Buy today at either 5 or 6.

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