Black Friday started early, FOX23 went shopping

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 11/28/2013 11:41 pm Published: 11/28/2013 11:31 pm

We all know about Black Friday, but since the shopping actually starts on Thanksgiving now, folks are calling it Gray Thursday.

It looks as if this week's shopping events are getting earlier and bigger each year.

It all kicked off at Best Buy, one of the first stores to open its doors on Thanksgiving Day, and hundreds of people stood in line.

FOX23 spoke with shoppers who were hunting down the best deals.

We talked with Abdul Mir at Best Buy, who told us,
"I think it's worth it because of all the good deals, but you also have fun."

It was the day Best Buy had prepared for for months.

We also spoke with Best Buy's manager, Lee Womack.

"A lot of our customers we only see once, and this is one of the times. We're going to be open for 30 consecutive hours. It's our largest day of the year."

Some people camped out since Sunday at the 71st and Highway 169 location.

"There were some cold days and some pretty cold nights, but today was beautiful weather," Best Buy shopper Josh Bushyhead told us.

Woodland Hill Mall also decided to open early on Thanksgiving Day this year, at 8 p.m., four hours earlier than last year.

Another shopper we spoke with, Jasmine Ellington, said she came to buy something for herself as well as others, "Just shopping for some Christmas presents, and whatever we want."

The mall was packed even at night.

The shoppers say it's the rush of getting the best prices that brings them out each year.

There were some stores at the mall that decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day, but Woodland Hills management tells me most of the stores are open, and they will be open until 10 tomorrow night.

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