Black Friday is Becoming Black Thanksgiving

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Updated: 11/29/2013 5:17 pm
Forget Black Friday, it's becoming Black Thanksgiving for both shoppers and retailers, with door busting deals starting before the turkey even touches the table. Chris Gladney, a shopper, says, "I'm not too much of a morning person, so I prefer it be at normal people hours rather than at four or five in the morning." The Black Friday pandemonium has been starting earlier every year. Some people, bearing the cold at the Best Buy in Gulfport, chose to dine while they waited. John Ardila, another shopper, says, "We always come every year. That's part of the routine for Thanksgiving." Over 300 million shoppers are running to stores for Black Friday deals nationwide and this has caused most to plan earlier or unconventional Thanksgiving meals in order to get in line earlier for holiday shopping. Kim Lampton, a shopper, says, "We had an early Thanksgiving because we planned to come out here, so we ate at 11 o'clock." Another shopper says, "We're buying an ipad for my 87 year old grandmother. She wants an ipad for Christmas, so that's what we're out here waiting for." Stores like Best Buy are opening their doors earlier to stay competitive and the deals are too good to resist. Gladney also says, "It's kind of perfect timing because it saves me 200 dollars I would have spent somewhere else." Another shopper says, "It's a onetime thing for us, just to get us in the spirit." One man got in line last night, braving the weather, but that's nothing compared to people nationwide who have been waiting since last week, all in the name of savings.
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