Snow flurries can't slow Black Friday shoppers

Clarksville, IN - By Eric Flack - bio | email

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Black Friday means big business for stores and big savings for shoppers, who were more than willing to get up early this morning and fight cold and overnight snow flurries to search for the best deals.

Retailers are hoping for a good shopping season despite the economy's struggles. It might be because money is so tight that so many people fight the crowds to grab those special savings while they last.

At Target in Clarksville, lines stretched all the way around the store. After waiting almost an hour to get to a register, Christina Saylor said she wasn't sure if it was worth it.

"I don't know," Saylor said. "This is all we're getting" she said holding up a handful of DVD's.

The Best Buy next door opened it's doors just before 5 AM. $180 laptop was one of the most popular deals, and the Griffith family from Bardstown got in line on Wednesday night to get one.

Donnie Griffith said his daughters do this every year, but the weather forecast nabbed him an invitation.

"They talked me into coming with them this year mostly because I'm so prepared," Griffith said. "We've had heat and a tent. We haven't been out in the elements."

Judging from the way things looked in Kentuckiana on Black Friday, snow flurries didn't have any impact on turnout locally.

Nationwide this weekend 138 million Americans are expected to go in search of bargains, mostly for electronics and cheap toys. As one expert put it, no one gets up at 4 AM for a sweater.

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