Energy drinks, boxed lunches, and blankets for warmth. They all make up a Black Friday enthusiasts’ survival kit.
“It’s a camping trip,” Jerry Graham said. Graham will be the first to enter Best Buy in Enfield Thanksgiving night at midnight. He arrived at noon on Wednesday.
“It’s the one day of the year that most electronics are worth picking up,” he said. “Prices are usually about a 1/3 of what you see the rest of the year.”
Despite no “big-ticket” item that everyone is chasing this year, there were about 10 shoppers lined up by noon on Thanksgiving. Graham admits good deals can also be found online, but doesn’t trust the delivery process. He’s looking for a flat screen TV, and so is Monica Daniels. She arrived at midnight armed with a strategy to pass the time.
“Me and my boyfriend, we break it up in four hour intervals,” she said. “We switch out every four hours. We timed it so I have to spend time with my family when we eat and he won’t have to.”
Most diehards say they managed a few hours of sleep overnight, and claim the long waits are worth it.
“It is when I’m watching the game on Sunday,” Daniels said.
Once the first person gets in line, it’s a chain reaction from there with other shoppers lining up behind them. If you plan on coming down and cutting the line, however, you might want to think twice.
“I’m prepared. I got sweats under here,” Daniels said. “Like superman. I’m going to battle, I’m ready to battle.”
Best Buy has a limited number of the most popular items. Anyone in line before midnight will get a ticket and map of the store to try to keep the Black Friday rush peaceful. Enfield Police, meanwhile, will be in the area for crowd control.