The Norman Transcript

November 29, 2013

Norman’s Black Friday draws crowds

Kristi Easton
The Associated Press

NORMAN — The appeal of $9 vacuums, $180 laptops and other doorbuster deals drew crowds to the busy doors of Norman retailers this Black Friday.

Debbie Hannah, from Wayne, Okla., left her house at 2 a.m. to drive to Norman and shop. She said she started at CVS Pharmacy, then went to Sears at 4 a.m.

“We drove through the Wal-Mart parking lot and said ‘no,’ Hannah said, commenting on the traffic in the store’s parking lot. By 5 a.m., she was tired of the sea of people and was waiting until the shoppers thinned before buying iTunes gift cards from Target.

Josh Bookout, a Norman college student, set his alarm early to get to Wal-Mart as a favor to his cousin, who needed help obtaining a present for his wife. Since he was already up and going, Bookout decided to shop the doorbusters at the Sooner Mall.

Moore high school students Candice Banetten, Kinsey Neece and Ashley Nichols also got an early start to their morning, hitting Sears at 4 a.m. and shopping the other stores in Sooner Mall that opened their doors early. These three girls were first time Black Friday shoppers; they decided to join in the chaos of the day just to see what the hype was about. They found good deals while shopping, though, getting lotions for their mothers and other items. As for next year, the girls were skeptical about whether the prices were worth the sacrifice of sleep.

“I’ll probably get up early, but not as early as I did this year,” said Banetten.

The tenacity of these early morning shoppers paled in comparison to those overnight campers at Norman’s Best Buy. Some of the leaders of the line said they had arrived at 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon to secure their purchase of a laptop on sale.

Best Buy manager Kelly Windom said when she arrived the line was wrapped around the building to the street with customers waiting for appliance deals. She remarked that the laptops sold high numbers as well as computer packages, refrigerators and laundry appliances. She also said that the store was busier this year than last year, which she said was a good sign for the store.

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