EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSChristmas Shoppers Get Early Start With Thanksgiving Day Sales
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 28, 2013 9:42 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 28, 2013 10:46 PM EST
Barboursville , Cabell County , West Virginia
Many ditched the turkey Thursday to catch sales, and bargain shoppers continued to crowd stores late into the night.
Like it or not, this is the tradition for many, as the phrase 'thanksgiving' has been modified a bit.
Black Friday is out, and the rush for holiday shopping is now the evening of Thanksgiving Day.
Best Buy was the busiest store, opening at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Large crowds required police presence, as hundreds filed into the electronic store for major bargains, with some even standing outside and waiting in frigid temperatures for hours.
For one couple, it was a Kindle Fire that had them waiting in line for the first time ever.
The cold may have slowed this year's rush. Store managers said, in previous years, people have camped out days before the doors open.
While not the case this year, that doesn't mean things haven't been busy
"Today is crazy,” Darbie Dennis of best Buy said. “Takes a lot of team work!"
And while “Brown Thursday” may be a new tradition, for many here, as they hunt to give,Thanksgiving was still the main focus.
Just next door, the Huntington Mall's main stores also opened at 9 p.m. The mall is scheduled to light their Christmas tree at midnight, as people wait for the main rush Friday morning.
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