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Archive for Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shoppers get head start on Black Friday

In the foreground from left, Marei Spaola, Leandra Galindo and William Robbins, all of Lawrence, and Brenton Swart, Wichita, join other shoppers to spend their Thanksgiving day waiting in line at Lawrence’s Best Buy store for the midnight Black Friday opening. Spaola and Galindo were in line at 6 a.m. Thursday, while Robbins drove down to Wichita to pick up his friend Swart, to return to Lawrence to wait in line. “The lines at Best Buy in Wichita were too long,” Swart said. Specials on TVs and computers were the big attraction.

In the foreground from left, Marei Spaola, Leandra Galindo and William Robbins, all of Lawrence, and Brenton Swart, Wichita, join other shoppers to spend their Thanksgiving day waiting in line at Lawrence’s Best Buy store for the midnight Black Friday opening. Spaola and Galindo were in line at 6 a.m. Thursday, while Robbins drove down to Wichita to pick up his friend Swart, to return to Lawrence to wait in line. “The lines at Best Buy in Wichita were too long,” Swart said. Specials on TVs and computers were the big attraction.

November 22, 2012

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While most were waking up to begin preparing their Thanksgiving day meal, a group of Lawrence residents were already camped outside of Best Buy, forgoing a day filled with turkey, pie and family for a spot in line for Black Friday deals.

William Robbins, of Lawrence, and Brenton Swart, of Wichita, waited outside Best Buy, 2020 W. 31st St., starting at 7:30 a.m. Swart traveled to Lawrence to wait with Robbins because people had been waiting in line in Wichita for more than two days.

“Black Friday is a bigger deal now,” Swart said.

The duo were third and fourth in line and had their eyes on a 48-inch television, marked down from $478 to $179. Robbins’ family brought the two food, and they listened to radio to pass the time. Robbins and Swart, as well as the two in line before them, were the only people waiting until about 1 p.m. when others began showing up to form a line for the store’s opening.

The two missed Thanksgiving gatherings but thought the deal was too good to pass on.

“Our families understand to get $300 off is a big deal,” Robbins said.

Best Buy was scheduled to open at midnight, but other stores already had sales beginning Thanksgiving Day.

Target, 3201 Iowa St., opened its doors at 9 p.m. Thursday, and Walmart’s sales began at 8 p.m.

Lawrence resident Sarah Thompson got to Walmart, 3300 Iowa St., at 5 p.m. to buy a tablet when the Black Friday discounts started.

Thompson doesn’t usually brave the Black Friday crowd, but saw the store was opening early and thought it would be better to get her shopping done before the “mad chaos.”

“We did some looking online, then looked through ads. This is a bit more convenient than driving to Topeka,” Thompson said.

Thompson found the 8 p.m. opening helpful, but not all shoppers agreed with the early discounts.

Bridget Wood and Candice Lavalette, of Lawrence, along with four more family members, got to Best Buy at 5:30 p.m. to wait in line to buy a television. The group had already eaten a Thanksgiving meal together and didn’t like the idea of Black Friday becoming Black Thursday.

“I think it’s stupid. It’s taking away from family time,” Lavalette said.

Wood said making the stores open on Thursday instead of Friday forces the customers to shop on Thanksgiving day because if they wait, they won’t be able to get the deal they wanted.

Despite the lack of family and food, Robbins and Swart thought the sacrifice was worth the guarantee of getting the television on sale.

“We’re going to get our products is all I care about,” Robbins said.

Comments

Claire Williams 2 years ago

“We’re going to get our products is all I care about,” Robbins said.

Ah, the spirit of America.

Sucks for all of the retail workers forced to work at Walmart and Target on Thanksgiving, though.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

To be one of those unemployed, government leeches folks have been going on about?

parrothead8 2 years ago

I wonder if the entire day they spent in line will be worth it when their cheap TV breaks in three months.

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years ago

It should say "Animals Get Head Start On Black Friday"

Richard Heckler 2 years ago

If no one showed up for these sales the sales will go on and on and on until Christmas eve.

We all know by now... those 100" TV for $9.59 will be limited quantity... one or two available. Once they got you inside they got your dough.

In the meantime enjoy the music, lights and the spirit.

friendlyjhawk 2 years ago

First two stories in the paper this morning were about giving back to the community (link) and showing how greedy (lined up for Best Buy) we are. America you are many things.

jjinks 2 years ago

The new picture of America. Kind of reminds one of a movie Ringo Starr was in, can't remember the name right now but at the end they were throwing cash into a human waste pit to see what idiots would go in to get it.

jjinks 2 years ago

Thank you, that is the right movie.

Tom Hilger 2 years ago

In 5 years years or less the LJW article will be about shoppers waiting in line at 4 am on Thanksgiving day.

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years ago

Unfortunatly I have to pick up some drugs at the wal-mart pharmacy tonight. But I am not above stiff arming someone should they get out of line or step in my way lmfao

Bailey Perkins 2 years ago

It's all a selling scam:

m.lifehacker.com/5961604/the-facts-behind-14-black-friday-myths

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