NEW YORK (AP/KTHV) - Put down that turkey leg. It's time to shop. No, really.
Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, named for the period when stores traditionally turn a profit for the year. But Black Friday openings have crept earlier over the past few years. Now, stores are opening their doors Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie.
It's an effort by stores to make shopping more convenient for Americans. Many shoppers are worried about high unemployment and a package of tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff" that will take effect in January unless Congress passes a budget deal by then. Americans also are shopping online more.
Daniel Wilkerson sat outside of Best Buy with several shoppers waiting in line to get their coveted discount. At 5 p.m., the line was already back up about 100 feet down the sidewalk.
One shopper, Larry, brought a pizza and couch with him to make his stay in the line a little more comfortable. He said he was hoping to buy TVs, a laptop, and maybe even a tablet to put under the Christmas tree to save around $800.
Another shopper, Russ, said he was there to buy a pair of TVs and that everyone in the line was getting along and there was quite a bit of comradery along the queue. The one thing he said he would like to change was the music; he said it was far too loud and hoped that next year the store might be able to control noise a little bit better.