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Shoppers brave cold for stores' door-buster deals

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 28 2013 04:02:56 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 28 2013 04:58:47 PM CST

Many stores opened their doors on Thanksgiving, hours before Black Friday.

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

The thin line between Thanksgiving and Black Friday is blurrier than ever. Many stores opened on Thanksgiving this year, and determined shoppers didn't mind skipping family time and festivities to wait in line for a deal.

"For me, it's worth it because I work on every other day, so for it to be open on Thanksgiving actually helps a lot with my shopping," said Christian Colon, who waited in line at Best Buy in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co. "It's really not that cold if you're used to it but if you really want the savings they're actually worth the savings, they're not just cheap, overpriced products."

Best Buy opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The first person in line had been waiting at the store since Monday to save hundreds of dollars on a TV. Many people said waiting outside in the cold is worth it.

"Gave up our Thanksgiving for my son. All he wants for Christmas is a TV," said Dotty Wilmarth, who was there with her husband. "Both of our families are home eating but I can give up a Thanksgiving dinner for my son."

"He's a gamer, so he likes to have a big screen TV now to play his games on, so when we heard about this deal here, we decided to go for it," said her husband, Wally,

"It does bother me a little bit because my mom, she's the only parent left, my dad passed away and she had a big dinner going for us and I had to kind of disappoint her in a way by telling her we were going to do this," he added.

People also lined up outside Target in South Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., which is opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

"It's not really that cold and we know we're going to be saving $130 on each iPad, plus I'm here with my mom so it's great company," said Nishant Modi. "For religious reasons we can't eat meat on Thursdays so we're going to be doing the Thanksgiving dinner all tomorrow and we get to stand here and get our deals in for the holidays."