CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Millions of people across the country are rushing through retail store doors to find the best deals.
Many started early.
8News reporter Roxie Bustamante went to the Toys R’ Us in Chesterfield Market Place to report.
Black Friday shoppers arrived at the store Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. when the store reopened, beginning the holiday shopping season early.
Customers say whether you’re an avid Black Friday shopper, or it is your first time, there is a strategy to the madness.
One shopper advised that others make sure you have their discount ad in hand and shop using discounted cards to get the best deals, while prioritizing their shopping list.
The shopper said to make sure to have a backup plan in case the item is sold out at one store.
For instance, the Hatchimals are sold out today at Toys R Us and other retail stores, but they are one of the “must have” toys of the year.
Best Buy on Koger Center Boulevard opened on Thanksgiving Day as well, but closed after 1 a.m. to reopen Friday morning.
Jonathan Hixon was the first person in line Friday morning, claiming his spot two hours before the doors opened. He said he was in and out of the store in 15 minutes with the 55″ HDTV he wanted.
“It was really organized here it was quick it was a breeze,” Hixon said.”When I gave them my ticket they said you can pay for it here and you can get it when you go outside. I’m just real happy that it was fast and I really like the fact that it was.”
Hixon even managed to get his friend, who couldn’t make it to Black Friday this year, the XBOX he wanted.
Lisa Adams, another Best Buy customer returned to the store on Black Friday after scoring big on deals Thursday night. She has been going to Black Friday for years, and today it was calmer, more organized and the deals were worth waiting in lines for.
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