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Published November 25, 2011, 09:20 PM

Shoppers Swarm GF Stores for Black Friday

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The biggest shopping day of the year kicked off earlier than ever last night. With stores opening at midnight, thousands of shoppers in Grand Forks lined up to take advantage of big discounts.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The biggest shopping day of the year kicked off earlier than ever last night. With stores opening at midnight, thousands of shoppers in Grand Forks lined up to take advantage of big discounts.

The Best Buy line almost made a complete circle around the store. The first shoppers were in line by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Shoppers say the warm weather, an earlier opening and great deals were enough to convince them that standing in the long line was worth the savings.

Like a mice in a maze, shoppers at the Grand Forks Best Buy sped through the aisles looking for deals.

"I found a PS3.. Got Modern Warfare 3.. Waited a whole month for that," Canadian shopper Kurtis McCallum said as he showed off his purchase.

But back in line, shoppers waited anxiously to get inside. Steve Miller was the first person in line. He waited 30 hours to get his hands on an always popular item, a TV.

"They have a TV on sale for $200, it's normally about a $600 TV," Miller said.

TV's and tablets were this year's hot items. But not everyone in line was guaranteed a deal. So they had to make a game plan.

"We're going to try to go there and maybe tackle people in front and try to get some Tv's. You never know, there's a lot of us back here that want them," Canadian shopper Adam Sullivan said.

But once inside, people found steep discounts and picked up more than planned.

"It's way cheaper," McCallum said.

"We got everything that we needed, got some TV's and it really worked out well," Miller added.

And across the parking lot at Target, shoppers found... You guessed it, MORE TV's.

"We pretty much came for the TV's. Then just toys for my niece and nephew mainly." shopper Ashley Blasky said.

From toys to cameras, thousands of shoppers braved the bigger-than-ever crowds to drop some big bucks.

Both Target and Best Buy were well over capacity last night. Best Buy says the crowd died down late Friday afternoon. Target saw crowds lighten up around 4:00 a.m.

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