Shoppers score Black Friday deals early

Hundreds of shoppers got to cash in on Black Friday deals early this year after several major retailers opened their doors Thanksgiving night.

The line stretched around the building at K-Mart on McKinley Avenue in Mishawaka, where shoppers were hoping to score deals on HD TVs.

"The TV's regularly $700, so to get it for $288, that was a big bargain," said shopper Tamika Reid.

Dozens of folks like Reid waited in line for hours hoping to get one of five vouchers for the doorbuster deal.

For the first time, K-Mart's doors opened at 8 p.m. Thursday.

"I think 8 is better because 5 a.m. is too early," said shopper
Chanterie McDonald. "You got to get up and drag your kids with you, too."

But, folks hoping to get discounts at Best Buy in Mishawaka had to wait until midnight to get in the doors.

Some staked out a spot in line as early as 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"I wanted to try the Black Friday experience," said Rychie Nagy, who was first in line. "I wanted to know what it was like, to experience it firsthand."

Nagy says standing in line was worth the wait to get a good deal on a TV and tablet computer.

But, others say the earlier store openings every year are becoming too much.

"I like getting the deals, but it did make us cut our time around the dinner table short," said shopper Peter Smith.

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