Black Friday door-buster deals worth camping out for

From Florida to California, Black Friday fever has taken hold earlier than ever as dedicated shoppers camp out in front of major retailers, several of which are expected to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. NBC's Diana Alvear reports.

From Los Angeles to Tampa, shoppers are already camping out in front of big-box retailers, determined to be among the first in line for door-buster deals. 

In Los Angeles, some hardcore consumers have been in line since last Monday, even taking vacation from work in order to save big money. 

An estimated 147 million Americans will take advantage of Black Friday sales, 4 percent more than last year. 

"This year's the earliest I've seen people line up,” said Jeff Cox, the Best Buy manager at a Best Buy store in Los Angeles. “I’m astonished. I've never seen that in my history in retail." 

Why would a person spend 10 days camping out in front of a store? Are the deals really that good? 

"People are like, why come, make a line. You're not saving that much. But we actually are," said Miriam Santamaria, who is proudly first in line at the Best Buy. 

By Friday morning, managers at the L.A. Beat Buy are expecting up to 5,000 people. That explains why Miriam says the worst part about Black Friday is getting out of the parking lot. 

In Tampa, shoppers starting waiting in line over the weekend at a Best Buy, hoping to get their hands on heavily discounted flat-screen TVs and computers. 

Good things come to those who wait. But this may be taking it too far.

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The VERY WEALTHY Republican "FAMILY VALUES" Waltons.... opening their Wal-Marts early.... while they enjoy after dinner drinks.


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Reply#29 - Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:35 PM EST

and the democratic's have been in power for 22 of those years great minds

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#29.1 - Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:42 PM EST

There's absolutely nothing any store on Earth could offer me to go and camp out in front of their store like a gypsy nomad. Spending time with my family is priceless and isn't something I'd trade for an iPhone or flat-screen TV. Some people have really messed up priorities.

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Reply#30 - Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:32 PM EST

why have a sale when it is 1st come 1st serve. order enough for all or screw yourself and i would say take the blame for fights of what ever else could happen on yourself. this is to stupid to be real. but then idiots today run the country

    Reply#31 - Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:41 PM EST

    I've got an idea,Ms. Alvear. If you know of any Black Friday deals that are worth giving up your Thanksgiving so you can go sleep outside all night,giving up your Friday because you'll be sick and exhausted after having been awake two days I think you better just go for it.

    But repeating over and over that ,"Some Black Friday Deals Are Worth Camping Out For" to a group of people who know better,isn't going to get anyone else to believe that no matter how many times you repeat the mantra.

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    Reply#32 - Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:12 PM EST

    There is nothing in the world like the aroma of humans who didn't shower, clean their clothes or farted while waiting on line for 12 hours!

    Better off to buy a gas mask before you go on a store line!

    Excuse me..can I borrow your poo-on.

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    Reply#33 - Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:13 PM EST

    What would I wait in a line for 10 days for? A year of free tuition at Harvard for a grandchild. 50% off the price of a new Ferrari (still couldn't afford it). Free groceries for a year (Whole Foods, not the local grocery chain). Maybe a few other things, but not for anything Best Buy, etc. is pushing.

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    Reply#34 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:57 AM EST
    • Support the Walmart workers. Don't shop at Walmart on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday.
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    Reply#35 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:17 AM EST

    I don't shop at Walmart anyway.

      #35.1 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:17 AM EST

      why would i support them? not my fault they work there.. it is a entry level position and should be paid as such.... they shouldn't have been lazy in school if they didn't want to work entry level. So, I will be shopping at Walmart, Sears and Bestbuy this week to spend cash not credit because i did work hard and get a good trade education.

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      #35.2 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:24 AM EST

      I totally agree. they deserve that day to be with the family!! they can always show up on Friday. But Thursday???? I will not shop on anyone of those days!!!I did write to the idiots of WallyWorld!! Have them be greeters if they like it so much!! then we shall see if they will open!!! Practice what you preach rick bosses!

        #35.3 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:37 PM EST

        The banner headline should have ended with a question mark to make the content of the story more clear.

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        Reply#36 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:28 AM EST

        Celebrate Festivus instead. Dec 23rd

        You'll save a ton of money and spend time with Family and Friends instead of running around like idiots.

        Festivus for the rest of us.

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        Reply#37 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:58 AM EST

        Frank Costanza rules.

          #37.1 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:06 PM EST

          It gives people a chance to use their camping gear that got last year waiting in line for the bargain they got on the tent. Probably the first time they used it. Next year they can camp out in front of Home Depot. They have the tent...this year they get the flat screen TV...and next year they can camp out to get a bargain on a generator so they can use the flat screen. They should be all set in two years

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          Reply#38 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:13 AM EST

          Anyone have a list who is NOT opening Thursday? I refuse to patronize stores that are opening Thursday. I will do all my shopping at the stores who are not. It is disgusting to me that they are interrupting this holiday. This is not a religious holiday, but an American one that everyone who lives here should cherish.

            Reply#39 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST

            They're only interrupting your holiday if you let them. Stay home and enjoy time with the fam.

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            #39.1 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:40 PM EST
            Comment author avatarJerry Crawfordvia Facebook

            Apparently people have nothing better to do with their time than wait in long lines?!

            Before long, Thanksgiving will be replaced by "Thankless Thursday" or "Black turkey Thursday" since Black Friday has apparently moved up a day in the calendar!

            The irony is that great deals can be found for a month leading up to Christmas, not to mention Cyber Monday.

            Given the fact that people can shop on the Web 24/7, 365 days a year, there is NO reason for stores to be open on Thanksgiving or early Friday morning...

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            Reply#40 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:12 AM EST

            Oh boy, lets see how many Mall killings we can get this year. Riots over Nike. At least it has the right name, Black Friday, when all the greedy pigs come out to play..

            For as you have got drunk upon Gods holly mountain, so shall you drink the fires like all the other heathens, you shall drink and be swallowed up, down into hell and this once great country will be as though it had not ever been born the USA. There is only one deliverance and men of America are to busy in their gluttony to see, too busy in their fornication to hear and swallowed up in their wicked ways to feel anything other than Me Myself and I. Take a Look and be ashamed America, this land of the gluttonous pigs.

            All your houses will make a great fire, your lands a flame for many to see your wicked ways of gluttony. Men as wood for the fires, women and children the kindling that will devour this USA, now the Divided states of some kind of Con artists and they of the south will posses your mountains, captives to your own selfish needs and a wasted flesh for all to witness against as they walk by in awe of such stupidity and greed. All you wretched vipers, sinners of the people, by the people against the people. You shall die by your own swords and arrows of fire, your sinful kingdom will be destroyed and God will destroy it from off the face of this earth. All you glutton filled sinners shall die also; those which proclaim, the evil shall not overtake US, nor prevent US from self praise and thanks giving of their O-abominations. Behold the days coming where the people will overtake this criminal government and wicked generation> The mountains will erupt in fires and the hills will melt down upon all men of America. You will become captive-slaves to your debtors and they shall make waste of your great cities and they shall plant themselves as the new world order, planting all their different gods upon you lands, which is given to them for your massive debts. The price of folly and fools will be the coming failure of your pride in a once great nation, now a stepping stool full of fools and selfish people..

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            Reply#41 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:51 AM EST

            How about a real change? Our "holiday" shopping is all done (been done for two months) and we spend quality time with the family more than once or twice a year. If you or your relatives "must have" the latest whatever and you need to save money in order to comform to the latest trends then I suppose it is worth it to camp out. Otherwise, give gifts and spend quality time all year round.

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            Reply#42 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:58 AM EST

            Can the people in the United States get any more stupid??????

              Reply#43 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:11 AM EST

              you from the United States? just curious.

                #43.1 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:34 PM EST

                No one needs to open on Thanksgiving Day or at midinght. Disrespect to the employees who actually run the store. My job wasn't in retail. But when I use to work holidays I never got paid extra time for working that day. Because our employer simply gave another day off in the same week. Perfectly legal.

                However, every Thanksgiving when it's time to go home (around 10:30 to 12:00 midnight) we pass the stores and see the people (and with small children as well) camping outside in tents all bundled up like waiting in line for concert tickets to go on sale. And there the extra police patroling the parking areas as well as the shopping center's security. Who's paying extra for that.

                Every year it actually makes us laugh. But with this year's Hurricane Sandy misery around here. This should help cheer us up. Makes me glad that I have some kind of sense like being nice and warm with my love ones this year. But to each their own.

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                Reply#44 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:56 AM EST

                The weather is going to be nice this year, so I will be in line as soon as I wake up on Thursday.

                  Reply#45 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:35 PM EST

                  This was left as a poll question about Christmas shopping. Why did you leave out the option, I have started already and I am almost done? If any one really looks at these so called door buster sales. knows they are not really all that great. Just hyped up ploys to con the public. Stay home, spend time with your family.

                    Reply#47 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:55 PM EST

                    Soooooo Dumb!

                      Reply#48 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:21 PM EST

                      Black Friday and Christmas is for the Rich. The oil man and electric man and phone man and food man have made sure that the middle class and poor are pushed out.

                      Stuff could cost a dollar but when you don't have that then how can you buy?

                      Black Friday needs to be moved to when people get paid like on the 1st of the month.

                      Then they would see huge increase in sales. But to hit family's the day of thanksgiving is an old tradition that is out dated for the times.

                      I bet they will see huge drop offs in sales this black Friday.

                        Reply#49 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:46 PM EST

                        OK here is one for all of you. I live in the Tucson area,and last Sunday we stopped at Ross to try and exchange a shirt that i bought that was too large. Did not seem that the parking lot was that full!! we did notice all the license plates said "SONORA" and vicinity... we walked in and it was the worst thing I have ever seen!! the line was turning from the registers to the back of the walls and ALL AROUND THE STORE TO ALMOST THE ENTRANCE!! One lady almost to the registers had her kids helping her take clothes off hangers to make it easier to get to the register. SHE HAD 8 carts over flowing with merchandise. 8 carts people!!! I thought it was stuff that needed to go back to the shelves.NOPE, it was all her stuff. The isles full of trashy clothes ,shoes everywhere! it was disgusting. We flipped a B*tch and almost ran out!!! I did ask a lady that was on her way out with a few things "how long were you in line to pay for that?" She responded..."About 1 hour and a half...but yesterday it us 4 1/2 hours!!!!you must be kidding. I hate that. I guess its the Mexicans that Southern Arizona can thank for any money left in the economy!! only problem is.......How does that benefit us???? If it gets counted it should benefit Mexico. they are the ones with the WADS of MONEY!!! Happy Thanksgiving Folks!! I will spend it with my family watching football , playing board games, and playing football outside. FAMILY TIME!! I am SOOOO GRATEFUL FOR THAT!

                          Reply#50 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:31 PM EST

                          There is no TV, tablet, computer, or anything else for that matter that is worth camping out in front of a store for. It's sheer insanity

                            Reply#51 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:41 PM EST

                            Huh? Black Friday on Thursday? It's very confusing!

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                            Reply#52 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:20 PM EST

                            Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              Reply#53 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:14 PM EST

                              a person can buy online same prices ignorant people waste of time. Unless they want to have fun camping or just have fun...

                                Reply#54 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:52 PM EST
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