Best Buy’s Black Friday sales reportedly won’t begin until Thanksgiving night. As a matter of fact, the this year’s Black Friday advertisements haven’t even been released. However, two anxious customer are not taking any chances of missing out on the big discounts. According to the Banning-Beaumont Patch, Vickey Torres of Cabazon and Juanita Salas began camping out at the Best Buy location in Beaumont, California on Wednesday, November 5 — exactly 22 days before the Black Friday sales begin.
On Friday, November 7, the two avid shoppers spoke with the publications about their plans for the biggest shopping day of the year.
“We could have started later, but then we wouldn’t be sure to get first in line,” Torres said on Friday. “They only get a few items at the cheaper prices and it’s first come, first served.”
They went on to share how they’ll be spending their days. According to the Washington Post, they definitely aren’t new to the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. They’ve reportedly camped out in front of Best Buy for the “last few years.” So, of course, they’ve mapped out how they’ll alternate shifts in order to leave for food and go home to bathe. Torres and Salas have definitely come prepared with chairs, sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows. They also revealed the weather is actually quite befitting for camping, since temperatures range from 70 degrees in the daytime to 40 degrees at nighttime.
“The employees like me,” Torres told the Star Tribune. As for the customers, she added, “Some say that’s dedication, and others say that’s stupid.”
However, her family is actually quite supportive of her efforts. Salas’ husband, Jacob Alva, also weighed in with his perspective of their efforts. He personally feels the decision is quite beneficial.
“On a fixed income, this is a great way to buy Christmas presents,” Juanita’s husband Jacob Alva told SBSun. “I just provide support. Things like food, charge cell phones, bathroom breaks.”
Jeff Shelman, a company spokesman for the electronic retailer, released an official statement in regards to Best Buy’s decision to open most of its stores at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, reports Star Tribune.
“While we recognize the decision to open on Thanksgiving affects Best Buy employees, customers have made it clear that many of them want to begin shopping on Thanksgiving evening. In recent years, millions of Americans have shopped on Thanksgiving, and our store associates are excited and prepared to help customers fulfill their holiday wish lists. Most Thanksgiving evening shifts are filled by employees who volunteer to work.”
However, most stores will close at 1 a.m. for cleaning and restocking for “doorbuster deals,” which will begin at 8 a.m.
“This will give our employees an opportunity to rest and get some sleep,” he said. “It also gives us an opportunity to clean and refresh our stores between Thursday night and Friday morning.”
Salas and Torres hope to score a great deal on a television this year. Would you be willing to make the same effort for Black Friday deals? Share your thoughts.
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