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Big box stores start holiday shopping rush ahead of Black Friday

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Shoppers may as well forget about Black Friday because this year most of the deals start on Grey Thursday.

Several big box stores, including Target and Best Buy, kicked off the holiday shopping rush early by opening Thanksgiving Day instead of the day after.

The desire to save some money and check off items on their shopping lists drew people away from their Thanksgiving leftovers much earlier than expected.

Terry Williams of Jonesboro skipped having a Thanksgiving meal entirely to wait almost 10 hours outside Best Buy in Jonesboro. He hoped to score some savings on a few big ticket items that his family wanted for Christmas.

"I'm getting a TV," Williams said. "I'm getting a computer, and I'm getting a tablet. I'm getting a camcorder, a camera, a GPS and those little DVD players."

Williams was first in line at Best Buy for the second year in a row. He got to the store at 8:30 Thursday morning, followed shortly thereafter by Brianna Kiplinger and her mother. The MacArthur Junior High student made it to the store by 9:30 a.m. so that she could buy a discounted Kindle Fire with her own money.

"I've been working at the ASU football games since the beginning of the season," Kiplinger said. "I've been saving money up and money up, and I've been giving it to my mom."

When Best Buy finally opened at 6 p.m. Thursday, Brianna as well as Williams rushed into the store knowing exactly where they needed to go to find what they wanted.

"They gave us maps so that we could kind of find our way around the store," Williams said. "Now the TV, I've got a coupon for, so I'm guaranteed the TV, but the other items I'm wanting – it's a first, first serve basis."

Not even 30 minutes after the doors opened, Brianna got everything she came for and then some, and so did Williams.

Down the street at Target, the customers there had to wait until 8 p.m. to get into the store. Kerry Fitzgerald of Cash got to the store around noon, waiting in line almost nine hours to get one item.

"The TV," Fitzgerald said. "[It's] 50-inch for 230 [dollars]."

With the Black Friday shopping rush starting so early this year, that left plenty of time for people like Fitzgerald and Williams to go home and enjoy the meal that they missed earlier in the day. 

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