Locals cut Thanksgiving short to get an early start on Black Friday

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many cut their Thanksgiving short for some early Black Friday shopping. Several stores opened Thursday evening with folks lined up ready to grab the best deals.

After all the turkey is settled, some are lining up to get a chance at some early Black Friday. (WJHG/WECP)

According to the National Retail Federation, around 165 million people will be shopping from Black Friday until Cyber Monday.

"All your favorite video games the TVs the laptops, the gaming systems all that stuff is on sale. It's the only time during the year when you're going to find that,” said Black Friday Shopper Jason Hyler.

People like Hyler have prepared for Black Friday shopping for months and even found time to get in line early.

"If there is another item in the store that you want and the stores open at the same time and you're not in the first seven, you're going to miss that item,” said Hyler. “You’re going to wait in line to miss the item and possibly miss out somewhere else with something else that you didn't want."

Hyler said some holiday shoppers buy multiple items during this time to save money for them as well as other family members who are trying to purchase the same products.

He adds it's important to go to the store than shop online because it's more convenient.

"You have to worry about the shipping, you have to worry about it coming in the mail, and you have to worry about it being damaged. It's an additional headache," said Hyler.

Local shoppers say they're happy that places like Best Buy are opened now because after Hurricane Michael many of the stores were closed.
"We had to go to Destin which is a good hour commute. It just broke my heart all the damage here you know but it is much more convenient we would love it here,” said Bay County Resident Wendy Fortenberry

Local store employees say Thursday untill Sunday are the busiest days of the Black Friday shopping after Sunday afternoon this will begin to slow down.

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