Shoppers get head start on Black Friday deals

BLACKWOOD, N.J. (WPVI) -- You don't have to wait until Black Friday anymore. Some retail stores opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and stay open until 2 a.m.

After you stuff your belly, you can head out and stuff your shopping cart with amazing Thanksgiving deals.

The line at Best Buy in King of Prussia wrapped halfway around the store Thursday night.

"I've been in line for like three hours," said Richard Galloway of East Falls.

But that's nothing in comparison to Sandeep Das, who had been waiting in line since about 9:45 a.m.

And while he waited in line, his family was waiting at home with dinner, and expectations.

"I will be taking a Toshiba TV," said Das.

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Many people are leaving their families at home to head out and hunt for holiday deals.

At 6 p.m., the countdown to the opening began.

"I want a 4K, 50-inch resolution TV, that's what I want," said Galloway.

And shoppers were ready for the rush, checking their list and counting on door-buster deals!

"$250 for that I think is a good deal," said Galloway.

Standing in big lines equaled big savings, like deals at stores like Toys "R" Us.

"Probably about $300, so I skipped out a little early on one of our dinners, but it is worth it to save that much money," said Jessica Aman of Chester Springs.

That's a lot when you've got four kids.

And if clothes were on your list, the Gloucester Premium Outlets had everything shoppers say they were looking for.

"Awesome deals, 50 percent off, 60 percent off," said Anna Drake of Sicklerville, New Jersey. "We're just taking a little break because we're exhausted. Look at all the swag we got."

Those deals mean, for some, shopping on Thanksgiving may become a new holiday tradition.

"Had I had got it somewhere else at a different time or I hadn't waited in line, probably $1000 I would have spent," said Floyd Dashiell of Southwest Philadelphia.

And with about 50 percent off everything, Floyd Dashiell bought back at Toys "R" Us, he has more money in his pocket.

"At least $500," said Dashiell.

And most importantly on this Thanksgiving, shoppers like Dashiell had the holiday spirit of giving in their heart.

"This is all for the kids. I'm good. I've got everything I need," said Dashiell.

And there are a number of retailers that chose NOT to open Thursday, like T.J. Maxx, Cabela's, Costco and Home Depot, urging their employees to stay home, and spend time with their families.
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