LIBERTY, Mo. - Forget Black Friday – the deals are starting much earlier this year.
The first couple in line at the Best Buy in Liberty, Mo., on Thanksgiving night got there at 11 a.m. Wednesday. By the time the store's doors finally open at midnight, they will have camped out for 37 hours waiting for bargains.
But Courtney Bodde and Eric Johnson are perfectly comfortable being "those people".
"Last year we drove around, and we noticed people were here the day before Thanksgiving, and we chuckled," Bodde said. "Well, this year, we were those people. If you're going to do it, you might as well be first."
"People cut coupons throughout the week for groceries and stuff like that; this is like the big coupon day for everybody," Johnson added.
They didn't even have to miss out on Thanksgiving dinner this year – their family brought it to them in line.
As to what made them camp out for two days, they said they're getting a TV for their 4-year-old son.
"He has a smaller one now, and he smacks it and tells it to grow bigger, so we're getting him a bigger TV," Johnson explained.
As they hit hour 30 in line, the crowd of would-be shoppers waiting grew longer, and the weather got colder.
Across the street at Walmart, Black Friday shopping started at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. By 9 p.m., there wasn't one open parking space. Shoppers had to park and walk from across the street.
Nearby at Target, which opened at 9 p.m., the line wrapped around the building.
Shoppers said they didn't mind starting Black Friday shopping a day early.
"I like it better because you're not up in the middle the night, and it's not as bad or cold," Rachel Henricks explained.
But she hadn't been waiting outside Target since 12:45 p.m. Thursday like Brittany Cline, who got the best spot in line.
"I had nothing better to do," Brittany said with a laugh.
"It kind of reminds me back when I was younger, I told her we used to do this for concert tickets," said her mom, Annette Cline. "So I'm used to this."