Bargain hunters in Philly gobble up deals ahead of Black Friday

Andrew Kramer
November 22, 2018 - 8:34 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Black Friday isn't just for Fridays anymore.

That couldn't have been more evident throughout the Delaware Valley on Thanksgiving, where stores like Target, JC Penny and Old Navy, to name a few, opened hours before Black Friday began.

At Best Buy in South Philadelphia, the line to get in the store stretched outside and around the corner before their doors opened at 5 p.m.

"It's cold," said Kwana Johnson, who added that it's worth waiting in that cold to save the $1,000 she was planning on saving. "I'm buying a 75-inch TV, touch screen computer and some security camera."

And after that...

"I'm going to hit up Walmart," Johnson said, "and then the malls."

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"We are coming here to buy a TV and a computer," said Ketan Patel, who also didn't mind braving the cold to find the right bargain. "We need that deal!"

Inside, Best Buy could be described as festive chaos. Christmas music played and employees were wearing Santa and reindeer hats. But the aisles were overflowing with shoppers who filed into the store by the hundreds.

"I'm trying to buy a gaming console and a TV today," said Yi-hua Liu, "and I think it was a good deal, so I think this is a perfect time of year to buy it."

Nobody who spoke with KYW Newsradio said they were shopping ahead of Black Friday in lieu of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Some said they had planned on a late dinner with loved ones after their early shopping was done. Others said they ate their turkey early so they could shop the rest of the night.