Archive for Saturday, November 24, 2007

Early birds sacrifice warmth for sales

November 24, 2007


Larry Walters

Larry Walters, Tonganoxie, talks about his Black Friday experience in Lawrence this morning outside Best Buy. Enlarge video

Karen Spence

Karen Spence, Eudora, talks about her Black Friday experience in Lawrence this morning outside Kohl's Department Store. Enlarge video

Danielle Copeland

Danielle Copeland, McLouth, talks about her Black Friday experience in Lawrence this morning outside Kohl's Department Store. Enlarge video

Bargain hunters strike early

Lawrence shoppers flocked to stores this morning and said they saved a bundle on electronics and other gifts. Enlarge video

They had store maps, coupons and shopping lists.

This - "Black Friday," the busiest shopping day of the year - was serious business.

Retailers opened at odd hours and pushed early-morning discounts, as shoppers wiped sleep from their eyes and hustled around hunting for holiday bargains.

"If you wait, you miss the deals," said Jenny Hiatt, of Lawrence. "The saying goes the early bird gets the worm. Well, the early bird gets the specials."

The freezing temperatures - in the teens for most of the morning - failed to thwart the plans of Lawrence-area shoppers, including Hiatt. She waited in line outside Kohl's Department Store, 3240 Iowa, before the retailer's doors opened at 4 a.m.

She was also the first one to emerge minutes later from the checkout line with a mixer, an item she said she saved more than $60 on thanks to her early-morning venture.

Hundreds of shoppers at Kohl's and at J.C. Penney Co., 3311 Iowa, made it inside the store at 4 a.m.

"It's just the excitement. Finding that one special thing that no one else will have, or just a good deal," said Danielle Copeland, of McLouth.

At Best Buy, 2020 W. 31st St., a line snaked around behind the store as shoppers counted down to the 5 a.m. opening.

"It's going to be a mad bum rush. I guarantee it," said Larry Walters, a Tonganoxie man who works for a moving business in Topeka.

It wasn't quite that crazy, but the shoppers wasted no time moving into the warmth inside. They gladly grabbed televisions, computers and the Microsoft XBox 360 video game consoles.

Bundled up in a Carhartt jacket and layers of clothing, Walters had been waiting in the dark - since 6:30 p.m. Thursday - to buy gifts, including a laptop computer.

"The deals are a lot better when the sun's down," he said.

When it did come up Friday, shoppers also flocked to downtown Lawrence as they prepared for the evening festivities, including a visit from Santa Claus at Weaver's Department Store.


Richard Heckler 10 years, 7 months ago

I'll bet most of those specials are there today at 8 AM today until Dec 24th which will resume again on the Dec 26th.

I hope these people had fun cuz going shopping with hundreds of others at the same time at 4AM seems like there is wayyyyyy too much control by corporate america and the advertisers. Then again no one made these consumers feel like it's either Black Friday or never but the consumers themselves.

When merchandisers price their sales they use the suggested retail price versus the price that day to make it appear as though bundles are being saved. No one sells their products ever at the SRP. They always have "everday low prices" by which customers are most exposed. So did the person actually save $60 or maybe $5 or pay more when compared to the everyday low price? So many gimmicks are used to dupe us consumers.

When shopping sales at grocery stores stock up on those items used frequently. Because a price increase may follow up the sale so I learned while being a department manager.

Staci Dark Simpson 10 years, 6 months ago

I didn't think the sales were that great yesterday. Sure the $250 laptop at Nebraska Furn Mart was a good deal but they only had 200 who wants to wait thru that BS to get in and probably not get one anyway?

Kat Christian 10 years, 6 months ago

I didn't see any great bargains either - but then again I wasn't out there at 4am like a fool. I was out there at 8pm and still I saw no bargains. what a bunch of hype for nothing.

Dixie Jones 10 years, 6 months ago

its all hype, to get the idiots out, these are the same ppl you will see buy a cow pile cause someone tells them its a GOOD DEAL...... i will do my shopping like a normal person and enjoy the christmas season.....

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