Posted at: 11/21/2012 9:20 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2012 10:17 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Black Friday has evolved from waking up before dawn on the day after Thanksgiving. People are now taking vacation days just to pitch a tent and wait for the big deals.
That is what people are doing in front of one Best Buy in Albuquerque. Kevin Ebaugh started camping out Wednesday.
"I figured I'd get a jump on some great sales for some Christmas gifts for the family, the kids, and myself, of course," Ebaugh said.
Ebaugh is a rookie to Black Friday, but he is taking a chance by staying in line and trying to get home for Thanksgiving dinner. He thinks he will not sacrifice one for the other.
"I hope so. I didn't make much plans on it, so I'll be calling people left and right to see if they can come in and sit for an hour so I can take off," he said.
Ebaugh explained why he chose to camp out instead of get in line late Thursday before the sales start Friday at midnight. He said he learned from the mistakes of his daughter in 2011.
"So she had to wait a bit and she got some good deals, but missed out on a bunch of great stuff, so I figured I'd camp out and get a great jump on everybody else," he said.
But there were also experienced Black Friday shoppers in the very front of the line. Kevin Chau pitched his tent on Monday.
"This is my fifth consecutive year, already. Mostly going for the TV's," Chau said.
Chau's two daughters had sleeping bags inside the tent, making the outing look more like the family atmosphere of the holidays, but Chau said he never misses Thanksgiving dinner.
"We gonna take turn a little bit and go eat, then come back out here and camp again," he said.
Camping out on Monday invovles taking vacation days from work, which Chau said is worth every day he took off.
"I save a couple hundred here, a couple hundred there, as far as I know, I really enjoy it though. Not because of the savings," he said.
The crowd and the line is what excites Chau, which will crawl around the Best Buy and invade other parking lots around the area as the minutes get closer to midnight Friday morning, when Best Buy's mega-deals begin.