Posted at: 11/22/2012 5:11 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For most, Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, but for others, the day is all about those red hot deals. Target opens at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, and the doors at Best Buy open at 12:00 a.m. Friday.
While some of the steals and deals were already available online early Thursday, that was not the case for all big ticket items.
Hardcore shoppers who spent Thanksgiving waiting in line outside stores like Best Buy said, it is all part of the Black Friday experience.
"If they think I'm crazy, they're the crazy ones for not trying it," Mario Contrucci said. "Once you do it you want to come back every year."
For the past seven years, Contrucci said Thanksgiving has meant one thing: Best Buy.
He set up his makeshift camp Wednesday morning outside the location on Ellison, to save a couple hundred bucks on some new gadgets.
"That TV, that laptop and there is a video camera in there as well," Contrucci said, eyeing the advertisement.
He checked the ad cover to cover. The front page even indicated Black Friday deals are available online as well.
Contrucci added he would not even consider ordering instead.
"I don't like waiting, I like getting it right away so I can have it as soon as I walk out the door," Contrucci said.
Tony Pacheco, who also spent the day waiting in line with a heater to stay warm, said he too is not relying on the internet.
"If you think about it, like oh yeah I could have got it online but it's like for me, I'm the kinda person who wants it now," Pacheco said.
Pacheco said he too wants the same Toshiba 40 inch TV as everyone else. Regularly priced, $419.99, but on sale for $179.99.
"You want to save money but you also want to be with your family and in the end you think what's more important," Pacheco said.
When asked what is more important this Thanksgiving Pacheco said, "That's a good question, I guess for me, the TV because my family's not doing anything."
While that particular Toshiba is advertised for the same sale price $179.99 on the Best Buy website, it also indicates, it is currently available "in store only."
A variety of other items are available to order for the sale price, however. Another person in line found the Play Station 3 game system is ready to purchase online at the sale price, however, he too wants the Toshiba that is only in store, which was motivation enough to spend Thanksgiving sitting in line.
The shoppers outside Best Buy said they are thankful to be spending the holiday with their new friends, who after the first 24 hours outside together, they now call family. At least until the doors open at midnight and the real game begins.