Some shoppers made a long night of it

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — These days, the early morning shoppers on Black Friday are likely to have been at it all night.

Lori Chandler and her husband Sam were among the early shoppers this morning at a Wal-Mart in Greenville, S.C. But they had already hit several other stores, including Target and Best Buy. They'd started their shopping at midnight.

While some shoppers waited in crowds for the stores to open early on Black Friday, others went online to take advantage of the post-Thanksgiving sales.

And then there are those who do both. Carey Maguire and her sister Caitlyn showed up at a Target store in New York City about two hours before it opened yesterday evening, looking for several Nook tablet computers that were on sale for $49. But while they were waiting, they used their iPhones to do some online shopping elsewhere.

One woman who decided to wait until about 3:30 a.m. to shop at a Toys R Us in New York's Times Square, instead of going at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, says she thinks she avoided some of the long lines. Elizabeth Garcia says the crowds got to her last year, when she almost got into a fight over a Tinker Bell couch. This year, she says, she "wasn't about to kill people."

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108-a-06-(Jeana Streight ( JEE'-nuh strayt), Black Friday shopper, in AP interview)-"it was exciting"-Shopper Jeana Streight says she's happy with her haul so far. (23 Nov 2012)

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110-a-14-(Ron Johnson, CEO, JCPenney, in interview)-"to do both"-JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson explains why he didn't join the trend of opening stores on Thanksgiving Day. COURTESY: "CBS This Morning" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Nov 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Shoppers wait on a check out line in the Times Square Toys-R-Us store, on texture, partial graphic (23 Nov 2012)

APPHOTO NCKIN101: Eager Black Friday shoppers file into J.C. Penney at the Vernon Park Mall in Kinston, N.C.,Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year, actually got a jump start this year as many stores opened just as families were finishing up Thanksgiving dinner. Stores are experimenting with ways to compete with online rivals like Amazon.com that can offer holiday shopping deals at any time and on any day. (AP Photo/Daily Free Press, Zach Frailey) (23 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO WIWES102: Rory Binkowski, of West Bend, carries a collection of items while waiting in line to check out at Menards, early Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in West Bend, Wis., as part of Black Friday. (AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke) (23 Nov 2012)

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