Albuquerque shoppers prepare for Black Friday

Posted at: 11/19/2012 5:54 PM
Updated at: 11/19/2012 6:21 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Welcome to what used to be known as the Thanksgiving holiday, now probably better known as "Let's Go Shopping".

Thousands of New Mexicans will hit the big box stores and shopping malls for Black Friday this week. And for those thousands, that's the last place you'll ever find them. Black Friday just keeps on growing, now turning Thanksgiving day itself into a time for feeding the shopping frenzy.

By now we're all familiar with the campouts, the scuffles and outright brawls. The poor guy at a Walmart back east who was killed when the crowd broke the door down. Some New Mexicans tell us they just can't take it any more, while others see the sunny side of Black Friday.

"I don't know because I usually don't shop on Black Friday - too many people," said Target shopper Carol Lacombe. "I usually try to do mine earlier."

"Oh, we get up early in the morning, make a little bit of coffee, a little bit of pastries," said shopper Neal Pacheco. "We get out with all those people, hustle and bustle, holiday spirit. It's a good time, they have good sales. We take advantage of those opportunities, get out and see the people - 'tis the season!"

Shopper Matthew Jones told us he and his wife won't be out there at 3 a.m. wrapped in sleeping bags this year.

"No, no, not this year," said Jones. "We've got two new kids so we won't be out here because we've got to take care of them. We won't be out here."

There is an alternative for those who want a Black Friday blackout. It's called Buy Nothing Day, and you guessed it, it's on Friday.

So, how did Black Friday get such an ominous-sounding name, anyway? Turns out it comes from black ink, as in retailers moving out of the red ink and into the black ink, making their profits for the year during the Christmas shopping season.