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Discount seekers ready for Black Friday

Posted November 27, 2008

— For some families, shopping on Black Friday is as much a Thanksgiving weekend tradition as the turkey dinner or watching football.

The holiday shopping season hits full gear early Friday when discount seekers descend on stores for deals.

With the economy in such turmoil, 76 percent of people said they expected to spend less on the holidays. Some shoppers said they plan to spend 20 to 25 percent less than last year.

To counter cautious consumers, retailers are pulling out all the stops.

Those that traditionally open early, are opening even earlier. On Thursday night hundreds of  shoppers took advantage of deals on items, including artificial Christmas trees, at Michael's craft store at the White Oak Shopping Center. The company held a three-hour sale at their locations across the country.

At midnight the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield will open for its Midnight Madness event. Many families make the event part of their annual tradition.

Many stores have slashed prices, hoping to convince window shoppers to pull out that wallet. Major department stores and mall-based chains have cut prices up to 70 percent.

Some retailers are offering freebies and even raffles. At Pier 1 Imports, shoppers can register for the drawing for a new car. Runners-up can win a $500 gift certificate.

Shoppers camped out Thursday outside the Best Buy in Fayetteville. Carrie Hamm and her sons said they chose to spend Thanksgiving in line so they can be first in line for deals when the store opens at 5 a.m. Friday.

"I'm a single mom with three teenagers. This is the best thing to get things that they want at a reasonable price," she said.

The family was willing to hunker down in the cold to fill out their wish lists. Some may call it crazy. "I'm thinking budget," Hamm laughed.

About 40 people were in line late Thursday in front of the Best Buy in Garner. Luanne Smith and her family plan to be one of the first through the doors to purchase a new computer.

“We have our tent and sleeping bags,” Smith said.

When the doors open at 5 a.m. on Friday, Smith and her family will have camped out for more than 20 hours.

“We all need to save money right now,” Smith said.

For Black Friday shoppers, the best way to make a happier holiday, is getting the best bargain.


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  • THANOS Nov 28, 2008

    foetine - "anyone notice that the same government that tries to ban Christmas depends upon Christmas sales to boost the economy."

    You may want to fact check yourself there if you're referring to the USA. Thanks to good ol' George W., we've got one of the most conservatively Christian administrations ever. I can't think of any major figurehead in our government that wants to ban Christmas. Can you provide solid examples?

  • foetine Nov 28, 2008

    anyone notice that the same government that tries to ban Christmas depends upon Christmas sales to boost the economy.

  • gr Nov 28, 2008

    I have done some bargain hunting online (I do not participate in the Black Friday frenzy at the stores or malls) and just have not seen discounts any better than in the past.

  • Feis Mom Nov 28, 2008

    Most of the teenagers who waited in line last night, have planned all year for this sale by saving their money to purchase items. How do I know this? Because my son and his friends stayed in line all night. There are worse things teenagers could be doing!!!

  • superman Nov 28, 2008

    Stay at home and shop on E-Bay. I just purchased a brand new Dell desktop computer for 320.00. A good used laptop for 200.00, a brand new color laser printer for 130.00. No crowds are some even offer free shipping

  • BULLDOZER Nov 28, 2008

    I wish there was way to record the name and face of each person waiting in line for Black Friday to spend lots of money on shopping and match it up later to people on unemployment, having delinquent credit card accounts, behind on car payments and house mortgages and in general broke.
    Either the news about the economy is overblown or there are people shopping today who cannot afford to be doing so.
    For those of you who have the money, shop away!!

  • cheddarhead Nov 27, 2008

    I agree!

  • baguiokids Nov 27, 2008

    Camping out is CRAZY. There's NOTHING that I want or need that bad to camp out in front of a store. In a few short months, these "hot" items will be on sale at about the same great price without the crowds.....

  • 1Moms_View Nov 27, 2008

    I hate shopping in crowds to start with already. There's NO way, I'd camp out in the cold for these sales, no matter how good the bargains are.