Black Friday More Like Black Thursday This Year

By Rachel Martin

November 24, 2011 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Hundreds of people lined up at Best Buy in Jefferson Pointe Thanksgiving night to get a head start on Black Friday shopping deals. Many stores opened their doors at midnight Thursday.

All Thanksgiving day, shoppers were preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year—Black Friday. This year, stores like Best Buy, Macy’s and Walmart opened their doors at Midnight. Other stores, like Toys ‘R’ Us opened their doors at 9 p.m.

There were well over 100 people in line at the Best Buy in Jefferson Pointe, and the line wrapped around the building.

Davontae Vertner, a student at IPFW, skipped class on Tuesday and took the first spot in line. He said he wanted to ensure he gets the hot ticket item—a 42 inch HDMi flat screen TV by Sharp, on sale for only $200.

Managers at Best Buy said there are only 22 in stock, and many people in line said they were there specifically for that. But to help prevent chaos, Best Buy is handing out tickets for those special Black Friday items—one item per ticket, and one ticket per person.

Sondra Fowler considers herself a Black Friday veteran. She said she’s participated in at least a dozen Black Fridays over the years and had been camping out since 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. She said standing in the cold for hours is worth it because you can't beat the deals.

“I'm saving $100 on the PS3, $250-$300 on the tablet, another $50 on the docking station. It's just the best time of the year to buy pre-made electronics,” Fowler said.

Black Friday is such a big deal this year, one woman, who asked to remain anonymous, fibbed to her husband about coming here just so she could get him that 42 inch TV.

“I told him I was with my friend shopping. That's all he knows. He doesn't know where, he doesn't know what I'm getting. So I'm hoping I could keep it a surprise until Christmas,” she laughed.

Danielle Jenkins, 9, has been standing in line since 11 Thanksgiving morning. It’s her third Black Friday experience, but said she loves it because she gets to stay up late and gets good deals.

“I can get stuff that’s cheaper than what everybody else is getting after,” Danielle said. “So I can get a lot of things for Christmas.”

Indiana’s NewsCenter asked Danielle what her plans were after shopping. “Sleep!” she said with a laugh.

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