PHOTO: Camping out for deals at Best Buy in Richfield
photo by Greg Kellogg / FOX 9 News
RICHFIELD, Minn. (KMSP) -
From coast-to-coast, people are already lining up for the first crack at Black Friday deals. Two tents were already pitched late Monday night at the Best Buy store off Interstate 494 in Richfield, Minn.
Best Buy's Black Friday door buster ad includes: Blue Ray DVDs under $10, a 40" Toshiba TV for $179 and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for $179.
Those deals have lured out the urban campers on Best Buy's home turf in Minnesota, but also in places like Tampa and Phoenix.
Best Buy plans to open at midnight on Friday for their annual Black Friday event. Many other big box retailers plan on kicking off their Black Friday sales as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
While Black Friday is still the traditional kick off to the shopping season, some experts say it isn't what it used to be. Consumer reporter Chris Chmura, with FOX 13 in Tampa, says the times and the trends are changing.
"We're still spending money. About $750 a piece over the holidays. But when we spend that money is changing," Chmura said. "The number of people shopping on Black Friday is actually on the decline. 152-million last year, expected to be 147-million this year. We're going online, and for good reason. The number of stores offering specials online is increasing from 18.4% last year, to 29% this year."