Camping out for Black Friday

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

November 23, 2006

Some stores like CompUSA had already opened their doors Thanksgiving night, but that didn't stop some folks from camping out until the rest of the stores opened bright and early in the next morning.

Shoppers camped out all day at the Best Buy in Augusta, waiting to be the first to get their hands on the electronic deals.

At 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the line was already wrapped around the building.

Call them crazy or even a little insane...but to these people, it's a sport.

"I've been working on this for a month," said Jeff Mayer, who'd been in line since 11:30. "This never leaves my mind all year. I'm already planning for next year."

Jeff passed the time with books, keeping a cooler filled with drinks by his side and a sleeping bag ready to go.

He's been doing this since 1986, and now it's become more of a Thanksgiving tradition.

"I woke up early, went online to check prices, left the house around 9:30 or 10, and drove straight here," he told News 12.

Surprisingly, he wasn't the only shopper who skipped Thanksgiving dinner to be in the front of the line.

For these guys it's all about strategy.

"My game plan is to get in line. I got everything circled I want. Wait until they come out and get the tickets," a man said.

"At 4 a.m. when they start handing out tickets, I'm going to tell these guys Elvis is in the parking lot and see if I can't get ahead," one woman said.

And the serious shoppers know shopping carts aren't only efficient inside but they're also helpful outside when you use them as a barricade to make sure no one else cuts the line in front of you when stores open the doors.

"The shopping cart trick, it really cut down on line jumpers," Jeff said.

So what are the big ticket items everyone's waiting for?

"Wide screen monitor, LCD TVs and laptops are big draws this year," Jeff said.

James Bice says with the laptops marked almost half off the original price, he'll probably save at least $1500 on Friday.

So the last question everyone wants to know the answer to is: is it worth it?

"Probably not...but I think it is," said Jeff.


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