Deep Discounts Draw Black Friday Shoppers To Stores A Day Early


UPDATED: Thursday November 22, 2012 6:48 PM

This year, retailers in central Ohio aren’t waiting for Black Friday, they’re cutting to the chase on Thanksgiving, or, Gray Thursday.

Some deal-seekers started camping out at the Best Buy, located along Morse Road, since Tuesday.

Stores have pushed up their sales early blurring the line between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, prompting some to call it “Gray Thursday.”

“With money and everything, you have to go for these sales,” shopper Colleen Jones said. “We were adding it up last night, overall we’re going to save like $600.”

Target will open its doors around 9 p.m. while Walmart and Toys ‘R Us will start their sales at 8 p.m.

For some in line at Best Buy, the wait itself has become a holiday tradition.

“These people here, I look forward to seeing them next year,” Greg Brannon said.

Brannon said that his line neighbors provided him with coffee and chocolate.

Colleen Jones and her family trucked in a generator to power a slow cooker, flat screen TV and other electronics in their tents. The power brings a bit of home to her shopping campout.

“I've got some calls into some cousins, and stuff, 'Hey on your way home, could you just bring us an extra plate, if you would?’” she said.

Those at the beginning of the Morse Road line will have spent 52 hours spent waiting for the holiday rush.

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