Black Friday Shoppers Brave Long Lines For Bargains


Nearly six hours after it opened for Black Friday, Best Buy was still crawling with customers.

"There was a line from our entrance all the way back to Gander Mountain," said Joseph Lowe.

"Which is like, about a block, almost a block back," he said.

Black Friday actually started on Thursday night for some stores, attracting bargain hunters from all over -- looking for deals.

"Awesome," said Corinna Abrams. "We got pretty much everything.

"I think we actually, we got everything we needed. Cheap,"Abrams said.

A couple of people were so excited, they decided to dress up as Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2.

"We've gotten lots of stares, lots of points, laughs, some people have said we look cute," Sam Mullin said.

"It's been great," he said, "we went to Walmart earlier and rode around on the little tricycle."

Shoppers seemed happy, but how do store employees view this practically two-day Black Friday event?

"It's always worse in my head than it is in the store," Lowe said.

"In my head, I think flames, things on fire, people stomping over each other," he said. "Then, when I actually get here, it's actually people getting their product, cashing out and leaving."

For stores that dared to start Black Friday on Friday, business was good there, too.

A line of people waited for J.C. Penney to open its doors at 6 a.m.

Which gave shoppers a chance to hit other stores first.

"With all the stores opening at different times, you actually get to hit all the sales," Tina Clancy said. "It was wonderful."

Now, the question is: how are retailers going to top this? Start Black Friday before Thanksgiving?

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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