Shoppers Fill Stores Early

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

November 24, 2006

About 1,200 eager customers waited for Best Buy to open it's doors at 5 a.m. Friday morning, but the first group arrived at 7 p.m. the night before.

"This crowd here has been so much fun. They've been playing guitars, they've got games, they've had all kinds of good times," said the first person in line.

The first 60 shoppers had one thing in mind--getting the discounted plasma TVs.

"It's going to be big TV football season, soap operas, food channel, yeah, now all these things will be in high definition," said a shopper buying a TV.

But the line didn't stop at 60. There were about 1,300 customers in the store within an hour.

"It was a madhouse," said an early shopper. "I was here to get a TV and it was just jammed packed. It was like wall to wall humanity. The line to get to the checkout line again wrapped all the way around the inside of the store."

Just after 6 a.m. the lines lasted about 40 minutes, but shoppers said it was worth it.

"I saved $600 on this and I'm getting that TV as well and saved $135 off that one too."

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"Other companies may call it black Friday but we call it green Friday. So usually on this day we usually do what we on average do in a week," said Jay Muse, Operations Manager at Best Buy.

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