Black Friday Earlier Than Ever

By Stephanie Parkinson
By Rachel Martin

November 22, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2012 at 1:07 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- It seems within the past several years that Black Friday sales begin earlier and earlier.
Walmart and Toys-R-Us the two stores reported to open the earliest for Black Friday—at 8 p.m., with competitors Target opening at 9 p.m., and Meijer staying open 24 hours through the weekend.

The fact that stores are opening during the thanksgiving holiday has got some people upset, particularly Walmart workers.

In fact, Walmart workers are said to strike on Black Friday at 1,000 Walmart locations nationwide.

But it's not just about the hours workers are complaining about. A spokesperson from Our Walmart, the unofficial union for Walmart workers, says there's been an on-going demand for higher wages, better healthcare options as well as and better hours.

INC News went inside the Walmart on Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne and spoke with several workers who say no one at their location is protesting and they haven’t heard about any workers protesting at other stores in the area.

As far as Black Friday shopping, Walmart is open on Thanksgiving Day, but the Black Friday sales will not start until 8 p.m. You won’t see anyone lined up outside because most of the lines are inside as isles are blocked off with yellow caution tape and balloons mark what items will be on sale in for that particular line. Walmart plans to stagger their big sale items by releasing them at 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and 5 a.m. Friday.

While many people were enjoying their turkey dinners Thursday a lot of shoppers in Fort Wayne were preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. This preparation is now being called The Black Friday Creep.

"Black Friday is like a sport to me now, this is my fourth year doing it,” said Mike Lattimer, Black Friday Shopper.

"I enjoy it, it's really fun for me, to just come out, and stand in line for hours,” said Josh Kryder, Black Friday Shopper.

Shoppers at the Best Buy near Jefferson Pointe in Fort Wayne started camping out more than 24 hours before the doors were set to open.

"I have 4 children so I have a family of 6. We really need to save some money, so I guess that's why, it can help them get more Christmas,” said Laurie Kistler, Black Friday Shopper.

"I figured if I got here early yesterday, I thought I would be at least, I didn't think I would be first but I thought I would have a good chance and now I have the best chance,” said Keith Simtt, Black Friday Shopper.

The benefit of the first spots in line is to ensure getting the best deals possible because a lot of those deals are limited.

"I feel like I'm going to save probably at least a full 2 weeks paycheck, or more, in standing out here for 12 hours. If that's really what it's going to be, mathematically, this isn't crazy, this is genius,” said Lattimer.

These shoppers expect to save anywhere between $1,500 and $2,000 on their Black Friday shopping trip.

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