What is it like to be in the front of the Black Friday line?

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

EAU CLAIRE, WIS. (WEAU) -- "It's actually been kind of a blur, you lose track of time," said David Hurd, who is at the front of the Black Friday line at Best Buy in Eau Claire.

There are some things in life worth waiting for. And some will wait for those things, longer than others.

"There are a few good deals on laptops and televisions," he said.

Hurd and his friends have been out for about 55 hours sitting in line.

But in that time, they have been doing anything but "just sitting."

They have a TV, Xbox, books and computers to pass the time. They search the ads, and have already scoured out the store.

"It was also nice to go in there and warm up sometimes too," he added.

The wind has otherwise been their biggest battle Thursday, shuffling their camp around. And the cold air, making that 30,000 BTU heater even sweeter.

"The first year we did it, it was -10, this is actually bearable," said Michael John, who was part of David's Black Friday crew.

It is John's sixth year doing Black Friday. This year, has been different than others with stores opening even earlier. Something a veteran like Michael hopes will be reversed.

"Now everybody's in a mad rush to get the turkey done and Thanksgiving, and then run out to the store, I understand why they do it, but I wish they would do it the way they had it before," Michael John said.

He is fine with a midnight opening at Best Buy and standing in line for days. His son Michael is getting used to it, too.

"I thought it was kind of going to be a bummer cause we just stand in line but now we have fun stuff like Xbox and TV," his son Ethan John said.

At midnight it was a battle for the bargains. But during the day, the camp enjoyed welcoming others to the Xbox and TV, knowing they are all in this together.

"It's just a big party and we're all just out here to get some good deals," he added.


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