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Black Friday shoppers prepared for madness

Posted at: 11/22/2012 9:58 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 3:58 PM

For a lot of people this is something they prepare for all year and many shoppers showed up ready for a long wait outside. It looks like a pretty normal scene for Thanksgiving: friends hanging out and playing games. If you look again, this is just a very creative set-up for a group of Black Friday shoppers.

Shopper Austin Sutter says, "We've been grilling out, we smoked a turkey last night and we had a our Thanksgiving here. We have a couch, a heated tent so it's not too bad out here."

Sutter set up camp at the Best Buy at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. Getting to Best Buy 28 hours before the store opens for Black Friday earned them their spot as the first people in line. While it seems like fun and games now, getting those big ticket items is serious business.

"I save a lot of money, this year I'm saving almost $3,000" says Sutter. "I get a couple extra bodies to help me buy multiple items. I'm buying four 40-inch televisions, five 27-inch monitors, two computers, an external hard drive, a couple operating systems, a camera, and et cetera."

Not everyone was as prepared as this group, most shoppers came with chairs, blankets and a few snacks to get them by. For Dominique Raymond this is his first Black Friday experience, but he says he is pretty sure he knows what to expect.

Raymond says, "I feel like I'm going to have to run, but I'm ready just in case."

Raymond says he was also ready to spend hours in line. He says he prepared by downloading three seasons of his favorite television shows. After Friday, he hopes he'll be watching those shows on a big screen television that he spent hours outside waiting for.

The deals don't just start for shoppers when the doors open. Tim Horton's passed out free coffee coupons to everyone waiting outside and gave away a $750 gift card.