Thursday, November 24, 2011
"I like to save money and I like to be thrifty. I'm also an engineer so I also like to be very strategic," said Ron Wade.
Wade spent Thanksgiving Day bonding with his daughter. The two of them waited in line to get inside Best Buy since Wednesday night.
"If this was Super Bowl tickets that we were trying to go for, no one would think twice. I've been spending the entire day with my daughter. She's in college and I don't get to do that all that often," said Wade.
Although some people were tight-lipped about what they were hoping to get, there was a consensus that televisions were on the top of many people's lists.
Dozens of shoppers lined up early to get the doorbuster deals and have come up with strategies to be the first groups to get inside stores.
"My mom's cooking some bit of a meal. We're all going to take turns back and forth, taking each other's places and eating, but we're just supporting each other," said Grace Wade, who waited in line with her father.
Retailers like Kmart stayed open for Thanksgiving Day and had plenty of shoppers getting deals before Black Friday.
"We need the sales, just like everybody else. It'd be nice if we could all be home with our families but the customer wants to shop so we're here," said Forrest Lybarger, assistant manager at Kmart.
Many retailers slashed prices well before the big shopping day and shoppers were not complaining about the early start.
"It's a terrible economy so any chance you have to save money, might as well take it," said Andrew Jones, shopper who waited in line on Thanksgiving Day.