Black Friday shopping is already underway in our area, just hours after that Thanksgiving meal.
Some of the customers at Sears have been waiting since Thursday morning, all in the name of grabbing those hot deals.
"It sure is a crowded store right now," Randy Derbick of Wausau said.
For Derbick, it's more about the fun than the bargains.
"We were getting bored at home, so time to go shopping," Derbick told Newsline 9 just after 8 p.m.
He's not alone. More than a hundred shoppers stood outside Sears—some of them were there all day.
"This is our super bowl," Dean Whipple, Sears store manager said.
One of the hot ticket items was a 50-inch TV.
"We just thought we'd try to beat the crowd to get our TV and iPad and notebook for our kids," Richard Roberts of Kronenwetter said.
Shoppers say the long lines are worth the wait.
"You get to save some money, kids are happy and we're happy," Roberts told Newsline 9.
This year, Black Friday deals started on Thanksgiving, but not everyone says that's a good thing.
"Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time for family and it keeps getting earlier and earlier," Derbick said.
But store managers say opening on Thursday helps to make a profit, and that's the whole reason for Black Friday deals.
"Last year, we opened up later, we thought we missed the boat by doing that, this year we're not going to miss the boat," Whipple said.
Whipple says there's another set of deals Friday morning.
"As you can see in the store right now, it's bonkers and we have 4 a.m. door busters too," Whipple added.
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