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Black Friday recipe: Shiver, shop, save

Posted November 27, 2009

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— Black Friday dawned cold but sales were hot on the day that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season, area retailers said.

Foot traffic was moving smoothly at Cary Crossroads before the sun came up on Friday. Shoppers who waited outside before dawn to get Black Friday deals were not disappointed.

"I got some good deals and I'm done," Megan Lumley declared just before 8 a.m.

On Black Friday, first shiver, then shop Shoppers get early deals

Lumley, a mother of two, was experiencing her first Black Friday at Toys R Us. "It was very crazy," she said, "but I truly decided that this was the best time for me to shop."

She said her 4-year-old and 4-month-old were home in bed while she purchased their gifts. "This is the first time I've done it in my life," she said. "And I will never do it again."

Janell Currin and her daughter dropped $1,200 at the toy retailer, where they looked for Transformers and other treats for her six grandchildren.

Lawrence Mou got the Sony laptop he wanted from Best Buy. He began his vigil outside the store at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Dale Gullage, manager of the Cary Best Buy, said the store admitted more than 500 people in groups of 20 when doors opened at 5 a.m.

"I think it's worth it," Mou said of the wait. Those who were first in line got vouchers for the sale items in highest demand.

By noon in Raleigh, parking spaces were at a premium at Crabtree Valley Mall.

Best Buy manager Brandon Johnson had 90 employees on duty and wished for more to help with the crowds.

"I think this year is probably better than last," he said.

The National Retail Federation trade group expects Black Friday crowds to be bigger this year, but retail consultant Walter Loeb said spending for the weekend will be at best unchanged from last year.

Gullage said his store saw fewer early shoppers Friday than in 2008, but that they were buying more big-ticket items like flat-screen TVs, video game systems and computers.

Even the nation's largest grocery chain got into the Black Friday frenzy. Kroger was offering  shoppers $10 back for every $100 worth of gift cards purchased for retailers including Best Buy, Pottery Barn and Sears. Kroger's first-ever Black Friday promotion will continue through Dec. 13.


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  • melmika Nov 27, 2009

    I just went online and basically got the same deal as if I had actually went to the store. Then I turned off the computer and went to bed for a full nights sleep while many people waited in the cold to lug all those items around with them until they returned home. And to think, when I went to work Friday morning, I passed by all those same people waiting to get into the stores.

  • james27613 Nov 27, 2009

    Nice to have the funds available.

    *** and her daughter dropped $1,200 at the toy retailer, where they looked for Transformers and other treats for her six grandchildren.

  • jkca Nov 27, 2009

    There was a tent on the sidewalk of our Best Buy when we rode by there at 12:30 pm yesterday. So the morons had to have been there awhile. And I saw kids outside of the tent. Young kids. Like I said, MORONS.
    Nothing is worth camping outside of a store unless I was broke and then I probably would camp out for a loaf of bread to feed my family.

  • preppykev2004 Nov 27, 2009

    funny how people camp outside a store to wait for it to open to save a few dollars.....purchase with a credit card, and then end up paying more than the regular price when the interest hits. i will shop later, pay a little more and save my sanity.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Nov 27, 2009

    Finally, a headline news story with merit!

    Disregard all the killing, illegally declared wars, botched social services monitoring, criminally oriented politicians, etc.

  • TomLynda Nov 27, 2009

    I don't think it was crowed at all out there. But of course I didn't venture out until about 9:50 this morning. Went to a couple stores, found the items that I was looking for (fantastic deals on them), and there were plenty left in stock.

    I ate lunch and was home by 11:30. The weather was great too. Not cold at all then!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 27, 2009

    Ya'll have fun with that. I'll keep my personal tradition alive of NEVER shopping the entire weekend of Thanksgiving.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Nov 27, 2009

    Why in the world would anyone camp outside a store for several hours on a holiday to save a little money. I guess that maybe if we rack up the credit cards that our new president Obama will have some stiulus money coming so we can pay it off....

  • orionsteve Nov 27, 2009

    It's quiet out there today...Not many shoppers