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Deal seekers

Andy Ouriel • Nov 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Just like carving the turkey and watching football, waiting in line several hours before a retail store opens has become a Thanksgiving tradition.

In fact, Black Friday is truly a national phenomenon, captivating shoppers pursuing lavish gifts at bargain prices for the holidays.

Roughly 147 million shoppers — or nearly half the U.S. population — will visit a store and purchase a product somewhere in the nation today through Sunday, according to statistics provided by the National Retail Federation.Business experts dub the day “black” since most stores make more money today than any other business day.

Executives, meanwhile, cashed in on local shoppers’ appetite for savings.

The Register visited three major retail stores, in Perkins Township off Milan Road, to determine just how avid some area shoppers are.

Who: Sandusky resident Andre Grant

Where: Best Buy

Waited since: 3 p.m. Wednesday

Waited for: a 26-inch, 40-inch and 50-inch flat-screen TVs.

Why he waited: “It’s a Thanksgiving day tradition. It’s my sixth year doing this. They have the best deals on TVs.”

Who: Castalia resident Tami Dewey

Where: Target

Waited since: 4:30 p.m. Thursday

Waited for: PlayStation 3 and Nikon camera

Why she waited: “For the savings. Each are $100 off their original price. But it’s a blast. I’ve never been this far up in line. It’s interesting to watch others in line.

Who: Clyde resident Sherry Wagers

Where: Toys “R” Us

Waited since: 4:30 p.m. Thursday

Waited for: iPod

Why she waited: “It’s the deals. Every single parent looks for them.”

Who: Sandusky resident Dylan Tremaine

Where: Target

Waited since: noon Thursday

Waited for: 32-inch and 50-inch flat-screen TVs along with other little gifts

Why he waited: “I’ve been raised to love saving money, and getting things while they’re on sale is fantastic.”

Who: Perkins Township resident Jacob Lewis

Where: Best Buy

Waited since: 3 p.m Wednesday

Waited for: 50-inch flat-screen TV

Why he waited: “I wanted a new TV for my room and to go with my 42-inch TV.”

Who: Norwalk residents Karen Blackburn and her daughter, Kyra Sparks

Where: Toys “R” Us

Waited since: 5 p.m. Thursday

Waited for: iPod Touch

Why Blackburn waited: “I have six kids and I need to find a way to save some money.”

Why Sparks waited: “I get to meet new people.”

Who: Castalia resident Blake Stinson

Where: Target

Waited since: 5 p.m. Thursday

Waited for: iPad and Xbox Live subscription cards

Why he waited: “The deals. I’ve never done it before, and it’s awesome. I’d thought all the people would be weird but everyone’s nice.”


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