Stores in Jackson opened as early as 9:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving for Black Friday. WLBT was out with shoppers as early as midnight to talk to crowds about lining up earlier than ever for the biggest shopping day of the year.
By 11:30 P.M. on Thanksgiving, the line was wrapped around the Bestbuy in Jackson. Shopper Alton Arnold says, "when we first got here we just thought the line was up front, but we got on around and it was wrapped around the building."
In fact, two lines formed, as shoppers wrapped up in blankets and hoodies to make it in when doors opened at midnight.
Shopper Edgar Diaz says, he and his wife were hungry and tired after waiting in line since 10:30 A.M. The Diaz's waited in line for a 42 inch flat screen T-V for $199.
Toys-R-Us opened up at 9:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving, but by midnight there was still a large crowd of folks trying to get in. In order to keep the crowd down inside, shoppers had to wait in line outside until those already in the toy store came out.
While the line formed outside Toys-R-Us, the line for checkout wasn't much better. So shopper Mary Burroughs used her hour wait to do more shopping.
Burroughs says, "now we're shopping online while we're waiting in line at some of the other stores."
Just like Bestbuy, Target opened at midnight too. Shopper Dessa Strong says she got what she wanted at Target. However, she says she had to deal with some unruly shoppers who cut the line. Strong says," I was the police I held as many of them back as I could because it wasn't fair."
Despite the crowds and waiting, most say it was worth it. Diaz who we met at Bestbuy says after his long wait, he actually had work at Northpark at 3:00 A.M. Basically, I'll make a purchase and go home, leave my TV and go to work," says Diaz.
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