Archive for Friday, November 27, 2009

Shoppers hunt for door buster bargains

Local consumers were out in force Friday morning for Black Friday deals. Residents began lining up outside various stores about 4 a.m. to find shopping deals.

November 27, 2009, 6:08 a.m. Updated November 27, 2009, 8:49 a.m.

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Whitney Bryant, left, Amarillo, Texas, Rebecca Steadman, Lawrence, and Kris Johnson, Lawrence, carry their items through the line at Kohl's on Black Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at 6:30 a.m. Plenty of Lawrence residents spent the early morning hours crossing items off of their holiday shopping lists and getting the best deals, as many retailers opened their doors early and slashed prices to accommodate the shopping rush.

Whitney Bryant, left, Amarillo, Texas, Rebecca Steadman, Lawrence, and Kris Johnson, Lawrence, carry their items through the line at Kohl's on Black Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at 6:30 a.m. Plenty of Lawrence residents spent the early morning hours crossing items off of their holiday shopping lists and getting the best deals, as many retailers opened their doors early and slashed prices to accommodate the shopping rush.

9:10 a.m. Many shoppers who were waiting outside Lawrence stores in the dark this morning seemed to be Black Friday pros.

They were clutching newspaper inserts from the store and discussing which deals they could find among their friends and family as they waited for the doors to open.

Once they made it inside, they were executing their own strategies.

Jeremy Davis, of Manhattan, woke up at 3 a.m. He and his girlfriend made it to Kohl’s. She hopped in line at 3:15 a.m., but he waited in the car until just before the doors opened.

Once inside, he scored an Oneida dinnerware set for his parents for $39, which was down from $119.

“I consider that a good deal,” Davis said.

Richard Gould, an Air Force sergeant visiting from Oklahoma City, immediately got into the checkout line at Kohl’s to save a spot while his wife shopped for toys for their daughter.

It’s a plan they developed over time.

“In the past, it seems to have worked,” Gould said.

They were out of the store 20 minutes after it opened.

7:59 a.m.

Kira Alexander, 15, and her mother, Cheryl Alexander, were in line at Kohl’s, 3240 Iowa, at 2:45 a.m.

They were in front of hundreds of people in the Black Friday crowd who made it into line at the department store before the doors opened at 4 a.m. The Alexanders were also second in line at the store for the second year in a row, she said.

“It’s good to get the Christmas shopping done early, and if you come later, it’s usually not there,” said Kira, a Southwest Junior High School student.

The earlier start of our Black Friday blog:

Shoppers stood in line and sat in their cars for up to five hours before stores opened hoping to nab a Black Friday deal or two. Sears, J.C. Penney and Kohl's opened their doors at 4 a.m., while Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart started their specials at 5 a.m. Here's what people were looking for:

Sears, 3:37 a.m. - Appx. 50 people in line

The main draw at Sears was a washer and dryer set that had limited availability, according to shoppers in line. Tickets claiming those were given out at 3 p.m. Thursday and were quickly gone, as posted outside the store doors.

Ameere Hadi

Time in line: 3 a.m.

Shopping for: GPS navigation system on sale for $89.99, which is normally around $160, she said. She was also going to pick up a pair of Sony earphones for $4.99, marked down from $10.

Marty and Lauri Chicoine

Time in line: 11:30 p.m. Thursday. They sat in their car until a little after 3 a.m. Friday

Shopping for: 32" Sony Bravia TV for half the original price.

J.C. Penney, 3:40 a.m. - Appx. 12 people in line, another dozen in their cars

Mike Clover, Lawrence

Time in line: 12:30 a.m.

Shopping for: Mike was first in line for the free snow globe that J.C. Penney gives away each year. He said the globes are collecting items and he's been collecting them for 11 years.

Ashleigh Lottinville, Tulsa, Okla./Free State High School

Time in line: Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday

Shopping for: Clothes

Kohl's 3:48 a.m. - Appx. 100 people in line

Wes Vanderbilt, Lawrence

Time in line: 2:35 a.m.

Shopping for: A kitchen knife set on sale for $40 which is originally $140. Wes said he arrived too late for the deal last year, so his wife sent him extra early this time around (he was first in line). He looked forward to no longer using their dull knives.

Cheryl Alexander, Lawrence

Time in line: 2:40 a.m.

Shopping for: Aprons on sale for $5.99, originally $17.00

Wal-Mart, 4 a.m.

Because the store is open 24-hours, some sections were roped off to customers, who made lines behind the items they were there for. Joe Brown, Lawrence, and Linda Scribner, Eudora, were in the front of the line for the Rock Band video game set that was on sale for $50, normally $100. They both arrived by 2:30 a.m. Scribner also aimed to pick up an XBox 360. There were about 10 people in line for a printer and laptop as well.

Best Buy, 4:11 a.m. - Appx. 150 people, 250 by 4:45

Thomas Pierce, El Dorado, Kan.

Time in line: Thomas' 1:15 a.m. arrival time put him near the middle of the pack.

Shopping for: Sony laptop package, $499. His sister laid claim to a similar laptop with a few less features for $399.

Dilshan Dabarera, Sri Lanka, KU student

Time in line: Midnight Friday. He was the very first person)

Shopping for: Sony laptop for $399, originally $650

Shehan Fernando, Sri Lanka, KU student

Time in line: Midnight Friday. He was there with Dabarera and the second person in line.

Shopping for: Sony laptop for $399, originally $650. Shehan was also there to grab a Dynex digital picture frame for around $20, which is normally $79.

Target, 4:20 a.m. - Appx. 200 people

Cory Deedrick, Topeka

Time in line: Cory got in line at 11 p.m. and came from Topeka to beat the longer lines he thought he'd find there. The drive paid off, as he was the first in line.

Shopping for: 32" Westinghouse HD TV on sale for $246, originally $430. The two shoppers behind Cory were there for the same deal, if not the 40" version.

Dillon Litherland, Eudora

Time in line: 4 a.m. put him about 100 people back.

Shopping for: Nintendo DS gaming system for $99, originally $150, and a gaming chair.

Comments

bigbird11 5 years, 4 months ago

Black Friday.... A day for American's to show their true lack of courtesy and respect. A day for commercialism to rule over all.

Story here. I just got back from WalMart from shopping with my mother. After being herded like cattle, we found a checkout line. Unfortunately the woman in front of us and the woman behind us were tag team shoppers of sorts. They complain and bicker to each other about how one another are stupid for not getting everything on their list. They are almost to the point of causing a scene. My mother and myself continue to endure this acoustic pain until eventually my mother whispers to me, "blah... blah... blah..."

Apparently this upset the first woman and she starts calling my mom terrible, terrible things. The argument gets heated as the woman's words cannot keep up with her ego. Then, the woman behind us, also cursing and on a power trip as well states that she's a POLICE officer. Um, alright good for you?!? Then this POLICE officer tells us to F-off and tries to push her cart past us as she is saying she is going to CUT us in line. Yes, what you just read is entirely true.

This entire situation disgusts me and makes me sick. People and their egos. "Police officers" on their power trips. Chill out and try to be at a minimum, courteous and respectful.

I ask LJW commenters, what has this world come to?

Mike Blur 5 years, 4 months ago

bigbird11: There are security cameras galore at Wally World.

Do you recall the precise time this happened? It should be printed on your receipt.

If that woman was indeed a law enforcement officer, that is shameful conduct on her behalf, and she should be identified.

If she's not LEO, then she should be charged and prosecuted for impersonating an LEO.

Take a moment, step up and make the effort to ID these morons (if, indeed, it really happened.) It will be a small step in restoring civility to humanity.

bigbird11 5 years, 4 months ago

Well the people around her vouched and she had some yellow jacket with a badge emblem on it...

I told her, "Hey, you are not going to cut us" She responded, "It's not illegal to cut in front of you." My mother put her arm in front blocking her from passing us. Then she rambled on about my mother touching her in some way when she clearly did not.

LEO or not it was uncalled for and I will stay from any of this sales nonsense for a long time. I turn 21 next month. My mother's in her late 50s. No one should be calling her a "f***ing b&tch and telling her that they she has a piece of &&&t life." Especially not with me around.

bigbird11 5 years, 4 months ago

While I don't remember specific quotes, yes she was acting as if she was an officer of the law and was willing to take "law enforcement" actions.

50YearResident 5 years, 4 months ago

A typical shoplifter type incident. Cause a scene while your accomplish steals something or fails to pay for it. It doesn't matter how many security cameras are in place. The croud is their safety net.

Mike Blur 5 years, 4 months ago

Here's the litmus test, informed. Say, you are a law enforcement officer. What would you do if someone improperly presents themselves in a hostile environment as an LEO?

As a civilian who is ex-military, I do check people's ID's when they do ID themselves as law enforcement. In the liquor sales business, I do encounter law enforcement a lot, and I do ask for identity when they present themselves. If anyone fraudulently presented themselves as an LEO, I would have no problem turning them over to the proper authorities.

saoirseglen 5 years, 4 months ago

I consider Black Friday to be aptly named for the day of the year when homo sapiens revert back the farthest to their basic instinct animal ancestry. Remove the learned veneer of culture and society and we are just highly intelligent animals fighting over what our species believes to be vital resources.

I don't begrudge a predator hunting their prey even if it might be hunting me while out taking a hike or camping trip, but a human hunting down a Black Friday deal scares me to no end as there is nothing life or death or mission critical about buying a special deal item.

overthemoon 5 years, 4 months ago

Yea! Beobachter and I agree on something!!!

rdave 5 years, 4 months ago

beobachter sums it up...I know that Mr Davis' ( see story) parents are going to appreciate the gift and his effort, but there is NOTHING I need or want that would justify my kid being out there at 3 am. Good luck to all....

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