Why should Black Friday be limited to 24 hours, when you can make it 30? That was the thinking that led Target to open doors at 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and there were plenty of people waiting in line to get started.
Karina Canales and her family made sure they were the first in line around 11:00 a.m. With other relatives at home getting Thanksgiving dinner ready, the least she could do was take care of the shopping.
“I mean I don’t know how to cook, so they know how to cook, so I’m the one in line,” Canales said.
By the time the doors opened the store kept madness to a minimum by handing out tickets for some of the most popular items like certain big screen TVs, so people in line could have first dibs without tripping over anyone to get to them.
The internet may have also had a calming effect. Jennifer Mason said much of her shopping was already done by the time she got to the store, but she doesn’t think online sales will ever completely replace the Black Friday tradition.
“For me it’s a social thing to be out with a friend shopping, so it’s an adventure, and it’s less dangerous than it was a few years ago,” Mason said.
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