Shoppers camp out for holiday deals

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SAN DIEGO – Lines are forming outside stores around San Diego, but this year many of the campers won’t have to wait for Friday to shop.

At Best Buy in Mira Mesa a row of tents already lines the front of the store.

Joshua Brown began camping Tuesday with big deals in mind.

“Laptop, TV, iPad maybe,” said Brown. “I’m a gadget man, so this is my time of year right here.”

Along with giving up the turkey and trimmings to wait in line, campers are also sacrificing the comforts of home in the name of a good deal.

“Wet nap showers and shaving without a mirror,” said Patrick Rue, camper.

A small line has also formed at Fry’s Electronics in Murphy Canyon.

The Martinez family is ready to spend Thanksgiving waiting to buy X-box games on Black Friday. However, they said it’s more for the adventure and less about shopping.

“It’s not really that much about the deals, as it is that he is really excited about this and he really wants to be here,” Zahida Martinez said of her younger brother. “He was the one that was really excited this morning and wanted to pack up everything he wanted to bring here. He was jumping around on his bed.”

Martinez said her family typically celebrates Thanksgiving the Saturday after the holiday so they aren’t missing anything by waiting in line.

This year shoppers at many stores won’t have to wait until Black Friday to take down the tents. Dozens of stores are opening their doors Thanksgiving Day. It’s a decision not everyone agrees with.

“I think Thanksgiving should be spent with family and not rushing around trying to get presents for Christmas,” said Jose Delao, San Diego resident.

“It only comes once a year and I think family is more important than coming to shop for that extra savings,” said Chris Conner, San Diego resident.

Here is a list of store opening times for this holiday. Check with your local store for exact hours.

-Kmart: Opens 6am Thursday

-Big Lots: Opens 7am Thursday

-Michael’s: Opens 4pm Thursday

-Babies “R” Us: Opens 5pm Thursday

-Toys “R” Us: Opens 5pm Thursday

-Best Buy: Opens 6pm Thursday

-Sports Authority: Opens 6pm Thursday

-WalMart: Opens 6pm Thursday

-J.C. Penney: Opens 8pm Thursday

-Kohls: Opens 8pm Thursday

-Macy’s: Opens 8pm Thursday

-Office Depot: Opens 8pm Thursday

-Office Max: Opens 8pm Thursday

-Sears: Opens 8pm Thursday

-Staples: Opens 8pm Thursday

-Target: Opens 8pm Thursday


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