Shoppers line up for Black Friday savings at Yakima Best BuyPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. – Hundreds of people came in one after the other on Friday morning as the doors at Best Buy opened at 4:55 a.m. and staff guided customers for several minutes before the initial flow of shoppers had entered the store.
"It went a little smoother than I expected, I didn't expect quite this many people," said Terrie McPherson, who was pleased with her savings on Black Friday.
People walked away with a few small items or several large products but the most popular were TVs, laptops, and video game consoles. Most were through the checkout line in minutes, regardless of whether they waited outside for hours or arrived just before the doors opened.
"I was looking around, kind of packed, got out of here pretty quick, already paid for my stuff, I'm good to go," said Oscar Paz, who bought a new cover for his iPod.
David Thompson is the store manger for the Yakima location. He was concerned about the impact the cold weather this week might have on sales but says customer traffic looked normal within a few hours.
"I got in about two this morning," said Thompson. "The line wasn't as long as typical. We were kind of like eyes open, like oh what's going on?"
The wait and the odd hours seemed to pay off for most customers at Best Buy.
"Absolutely, there's such great deals if you get here early and it's a part of our tradition," said Bruce Maeder. "Yeah, it's definitely worth it."
"A lot of walking around but a lot of waiting in line too but it's worth it."
Some shoppers say they usually stay home on Black Friday but wanted to check out the deals this year.
"I've only done it once before and so I decided to try again since the economy and save a few dollars," said McPherson. "Otherwise I'd still be in bed."
The store planned to stay open until 10 p.m. and Thompson says this is just the beginning of the promotions customers can look forward to during the holiday season.