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Thousands wait hours for doorbusters

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Thousands of dedicated Black Friday shoppers came out to Best Buy in Wilmington. The line snaked around the building and down the sidewalk of New Centre Drive. The person at the front of that line got there at 5 p.m. Wednesday!

WWAY's Matt Ray caught up with one group who waited in the cold for hours for those doorbuster deals. All of the members of the group were after TVs. A 40-inch Toshiba for $179 was the biggest doorbuster of the night, but it only went to the first 27 people in line.

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pathetic

Did the store tell these people there where only 27 TV's so they didn't bother sitting there wasting their time? I cant believe these people sat outside, its really sad what this says about them.

What a waste of human energy

Years ago I worked at Toys R Us. I noticed that a lot of store management got heir shopping done between Sept and October. I asked why and they said simply - can't get the time off in Nov and Dec and selection and price are just as good now if not better.
I was curious so I started doing some checking. Selection was definitely better in October and I did note that the so called sales were 25% to 45% off.
So the difference between a regular sale and a door buster is about 10% to 20% more but when you look at the story above you see that BB had only 27 of those TVs.
Black Friday has become a psychological tool used by retailers to get you to spend money you ordinarily wouldn't spend and the limited supplies of door busters makes Black Friday a gigantic bait and switch operation.
My shopping is done. I got things at a great price, I had plenty of selection to choose from and I have paid for it all already.
No mess and more importantly no stress....
Merry Christmas everyone.........especially to those hard working people in the retail trades.

Vog