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Black Friday deal-seekers camp out early

November 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The holiday shopping frenzy has begun early with local bargain hunters camping out outside stores in anticipation of Black Friday.

Some shoppers staked out their place in line as early as last Friday. They'll have spent seven nights outdoors by Black Friday to be the first in line to save hundreds of dollars on consumer goods. Despite a variety of deals, most bargain hunters have their eyes set on electronics.

Best Buy will have $400 flat-screen TVs for $180, Wal-Mart will sell flat-screens for $78 and Sears will have them for $97. Many stores are also giving deep discounts on laptop computers and digital cameras.

"This is my second time doing it," said Miriam Santamaria of Los Angeles, who expects to save around $600. "I'm going to get another TV and two laptops."

In addition to the deals, many stores are opening their doors earlier than ever. Toys"R"Us, Sears, Wal-Mart and Kmart will open their doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target plans to open its doors at 9 p.m.

The announcements have made many employees very unhappy. Wal-Mart employees are already protesting having to work on Thanksgiving. Some are planning to walk out on Black Friday.


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