AMHERST, NY - Just hours into Friday, the Black Friday rush was already complete in many stores, including the Best Buy in Amherst.
The first shoppers lined up at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to get their hands on the big doorbusters when the doors opened at midnight Friday. Flat screen TVs, laptops, and video games flew off the shelves. Some people complained that they waited in line since 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day to buy a 40" TV on sale, and with just about 20 in stock, they had to walk away empty handed.
No matter what's on the holiday shopping list, the goal is the same. Get in and out in one piece with the desired items and save a lot of money.
"Last year we saved around $1200," said Tahsin Farooq, a Black Friday shopper from Ontario.
Die hard Black Friday shoppers didn't bother with turkey around the table.
"We brought Thanksgiving dinner in the car and we did have Thanksgiving here right in front of Best Buy," said shopper Lynn Nyazika.
Many admitted with Black Friday starting earlier and earlier, it's taking the focus off Thanksgiving, and now it's a challenge to juggle both.
"I think it's unfortunate if you skip the holiday entirely. I had a turkey on the grill, stayed for dessert and then bounced out to get in line," said Ed Calouri of Lewiston.
Most stores like Best Buy are offering the same Black Friday sales online that are seen in the stores. So it begs the question, why deal with the outrageous hours and crazy crowds?
Many said it was for the tradition and camaraderie.
But ask 6-year-old Jaylen Whitfield about his first Black Friday experience, and he'll tell you he's not impressed.
"It's maybe disappointing because I don't want to be in this line at all. I just want to go in there and get the TV and go to sleep," he said.
For many, the Best Buy midnight opening was just one stop of the night. Walmart and Sears opened at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving and Target opened at 9 p.m.