• Shoppers already lining up for Black Friday

    By: Jim Strickland


    KENNESAW, Ga. - Four children plan to forgo their Thanksgiving week off from school to camp out in front of a big-box retailer in Cobb County.

    "Does anybody in there want to talk?" asked Channel 2's Jim Strickland as he spoke through the fabric of a tent pitched at the Best Buy store in Kennesaw.

    "I don't think so," was the reply he got from inside the tent.

    The Black Friday enthusiasts aren't even old enough to have a credit card.

    Earlier in the day, Steven Hernandez, 16, the eldest of the group, let Strickland take his picture.

    "Seems crazy," said shopper Angie McCurley.

    McCurley also snapped a picture of the teens, not knowing how old Hernandez was.

    "I don't see how any deals can be that great. But I get up and shop on Black Friday, so who am I to talk about that person?" McCurley said.

    Best Buy opens Friday at midnight, while Walmart, Toys R Us and Target are among those opening Thanksgiving evening.

    "Thanksgiving has always been a day of family, and you kind of wonder if it's the right thing to do," said retailing consultant Mary Ellen Brigham.

    She told Strickland retailers are hoping to draw shoppers with one or two huge mark downs that will drive other sales.

    "You get the person in the door, and then they'll buy a whole bunch of other things that will probably be the same price the next day and the day after that," Brigham said.


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