One man bought a television that was so big he had to tie it on the roof of his car. He told Fox 5 that he save $1,500 on the 60-inch Sony flat panel by getting up early and standing in line.
“This is actually my first time ever going out on Black Thursday — or whatever we call it now, Brown Thursday or Gray Thursday and Black Friday — and it was worth it. This thing will be up on my wall and looking great,” he said.
Several local shopping malls opened at midnight and plan to remain open until 10 p.m. The exceptions include Otay Ranch Town Center, Westfield Horton Plaza and the Viejas Outlets, which opened at 6 a.m.; the Grossmont Center, opened at 8 a.m.
Major retailers that began their holiday shopping season Thursday evening included Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart.
Among the deals at electronics retailer Best Buy are an iPad for $299, a 55-inch television for $499 and a Kindle Fire HD with a 7-inch screen for $99.
Target was offering a basketball hoop and backboard for $369 — more than $200 off the retail price, 30 percent off Disney Junior Toys and 30 percent off Hot Wheels gear.
Wal-Mart’s deals included 30 percent off Barbie dolls and accessories, a 12-piece Magic Bullet blender for $29 and 30 percent of Lego toys.