Black Friday Shopping Starts Early At Some OKC Stores


Friday, November 25th 2011, 12:14 am
By: Dana Hertneky


OKLAHOMA CITY -- It may be Thanksgiving Thursday but Black Friday is already underway. ToysRus opened up to Christmas shoppers at 9 p.m.

For some it's as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and stuffing.

"Looking for the deals, spending money," said the guy who was first in line at Best Buy. He was here early.

"Since Tuesday morning 8 o'clock," he said.

Still this year there will be a bit less waiting. Best Buy and most of the other stores will open up at midnight.

"When it was 5 o'clock you were a little more tired and as the day goes on a little more cranky."

And at the end of November there are other advantages to a midnight opening.

"Not so cold," said another shopper in the Best Buy line.

At ToysRus, they're not even waiting for Friday for Black Friday.

"We had to rearrange our Thanksgiving to yesterday," said Nichole Smith.

Those at the front of the line here say they wish the store would have stayed closed until morning. Now their Christmas shopping is infringing on their Thanksgiving tradition.

"We could actually have a real Thanksgiving with our families," said Danielle Crawford.

And others agree. Adding the early shopping is ruining the Black Friday tradition as well.

"Usually my mom would wake me up at like 4 a.m. and say Ryan come on get in the car and we get to go shopping and we would just shop all day," said Ryan McDonald.

Now, instead of a long day...

"It's going to be a long night."

Retailers say they are opening early to try and increase Christmas sales.