Black Friday: Was It Worth It?

By John W. Davis
By Valerie Caviglia

November 26, 2010 Updated Nov 27, 2010 at 11:23 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It is a decision that could save you hundreds of dollars... lining up for a "chance" at Black Friday doorbusters. Was it worth it?

"I've been doing it for 20 years. I think it's fun," said Fort Wayne Resident Holly Goss.

The first person in line at the Best Buy at the Apple Glen Shopping Center camped out for 26 hours.

The second person invested 16 hours.

Both customers had their pick of the store.

But what about people who love traditional turkey day naps but still want to get in on the action.

If you wake up at 3 a.m.

You can be in line before 4 a.m.

But you'll probably end up behind hundreds of customers who pulled all-nighters.

Indiana's NewsCenter wanted to know do shoppers who get in line an hour early, get everything they want.

"Not everything. No... I didn't get my daughter her scarves," explained Goss.

"No. Actually we missed out on a couple of things that we did want. They were out of the things, so we kinda missed out a little bit but like I said there wasn't a whole lot we were looking for," said Fort Wayne Resident Michael Robinson.

"He got there at 5:30 a.m. (referring to a friend) and what he wanted was already sold and he was quite upset that he had got up that early and got there and they had already sold it when it wasn't supposed to go on sale until 6 a.m.," shared Fort Wayne Resident Dean Ludwig.

Others saw the lines and threw in their white shopping bags.

"Not at all. She said nothing was worth standing in line for five hours, especially from Toys-R-US," said Fort Wayne Resident Joel Pursifull.

All the shoppers we spoke said it is pretty clear.

If you're not one of the first in line, do not expect to get everything you want.

"There's still good sales in the afternoon. Yeah you don't get the doorbusters but even if you're there at 5 o'clock in the morning, you're not guaranteed the sales anyway and you got up for no reason. So I choose to sleep in," said Roanake Resident Breann McCoart.

McCoart said retailers have limited doorbuster items in stock and explained her laissez - faire approach.

SOT: "If something is left great, if not, no big deal," said McCoart.




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