A line of carts and shoppers encircle Target during last year’s Black Friday. Lines
are expected to be at least as long this year and may begin as early as midnight or 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening at some area stores.
ALBANY ALBANY — Many retailers opened their doors earlier than ever to allow shoppers access to Black Friday deals as hordes of eager consumers flocked through the metro area hoping to get great holiday deals just as soon as the first official day of the Christmas shopping season kicked off.
At Target, people began camping out early Thursday afternoon in preparation for the store’s midnight opening. Reports from people who were stuck in line surfaced on Facebook that the store began letting people in, 50 at a time, as early as 11:20 p.m. Thursday to help ease congestion.
At Sears, store employees said there was a surge of customers when the doors opened at 4 a.m. Friday.
One loss-prevention worker, who had the dubious task of serving as gatekeeper for a large, chain-link cage filled with some of the more popular and high-dollar items such as digital cameras and gaming systems, said the early-morning crowds forced her inside the cage.
“When we opened I was on the outside, but with all the people and the little bit of space, I thought I’d be safer in here,” she quipped.
By 6:30 a.m., the store had already sold out of several varieties of cameras and was turning away customers looking for popular gaming system bundles, like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with Kinect after having sold out of those as well.
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