Black Friday shopping: You're "nuts not to" do it one shopper told us

Posted at: 11/23/2012 2:03 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 5:17 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

When you are out early in the morning covering the Black Friday shopping rush you end up meeting some interesting characters and people who defy the laws of physics getting gifts into their cars.

Toys 'R Us opened before midnight with a line that stretched the length of the store. Karen Jones and her daughter were first in line. As Karen said this, her daughter stared at her in disbelief.

"I'm going to send her for the toys I need the most. She can run fast and I'll get the little things," Jones said.

We're not sure how that worked out.

Inside -- call it organized chaos.

"You only got one way. Keep going that way," a clerk said through a bull horn.

It was the same inside the Best Buy in Greece. Long lines for games and TV's. Austin Suter spent 30 hours waiting for the store to open and about 10 minutes shopping.

"The trick is being one of the first in line and then you get out quick. The people coming in now are going to be out by 2:00AM," Suter said.

Suter doesn't think what he and thousands of other people do on Black Friday is strange at all.

"It's nuts not-to economically because I'm saving $3,000 for a day of time because unless you can make over $3,000 in day, legally, then why not do this?" he asked.

There was the engineering feat of the morning outside the Babies 'R Us in Henrietta. Jennifer Block and her friend Lindsey Reifsteck started shopping at 7 o'clock Thursday night.

"And do you have more to go?" I asked.
"Yes," the said at the same time laughing.

They figured out a way to get more things in their mini-van than anyone else we saw.

"So we just kind of throw it in there and and go to the next place," Reifsteck said.
"Maneuver boxes so they fit like a puzzle," Block said. "We've been doing this for a few years."
"So you're pros at it now," I said.  
"We're getting there, yeah."

Another laugh and they were on their way.