30-hour stake-out pays off in TV: Black Friday sales bring lines, herald start of Christmas shopping season

Waiting in line for more than 30 hours was worth it, Jose Camarena, 17, said, so he could buy his own TV.

The Greenwood resident already had a TV but had saved money to get a new one and couldn’t beat paying $180 for a 40-inch screen.

Camarena and his friends arrived at Best Buy on Fry Road at 5 p.m. Wednesday — tents, blankets and extra clothing in tow — to wait in line for Black Friday sales on TVs, tablets and phones. The group did the same last year, but this year they arrived an extra hour early to be first in line.

By 11 p.m. Thursday, hundreds of people had lined up behind them, wrapping around the side of the building and back to the store’s loading zone.

Best Buy and most of the stores in the Greenwood Park Mall area opened at midnight Thursday, and thousands of people waited in the wind and rain to buy clothing, electronics and toys on sale.

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