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(Posted 11 a.m., Dec. 26)
Boxing Day bargain hunters line up for hours for hot deals

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Shoppers grab door crasher LED TVs in the first few minutes of the Boxing Day sale at the Best Buy store on Innes Road. Fred Sherwin/Photo

They started lining up outside the Best Buy store on Innes Road at 3 a.m. By 5:45 a.m. the queue had swelled to over 250 anxious and partial frozen bargain hunters.

Inside the store, the staff were getting a last minute pep talk. When the clock struck six, the doors were thrown open and the annual Boxing Day stampede began. Within minutes the store was jammed packed.

Joshua Timordiero and his girlfriend were the first two people in line. They waited three hours to save $100 on three video games and a games control.

"It was a little cold, but I wanted to make I got what I wanted, so I'm pretty happy," said Timordiero.

Jamie Escorza bought two 43-inch LED televisions, a surround system and a guitar package. Total savings $1,200.

"The TV and the sound system are mine. The other television is for my mother and the guitar stuff is for my son," said Escorza.

Brian Thomas picked up an Xbox One game system. He and six of his buddies took turns standing in line while the others waited in a heated mini-bus.

"One of our friends is a school bus driver so he volunteered to do the driving," said Thomas. "This is our first stop. We're going to Walmart next. -- they open at 7 a.m. -- and then EB Games for 8 a.m , and then hopefully breakfast."

While over 200 people waited up to three hours to shop at Best Buy, less than 50 people were waiting for Walmart to open its doors, including Thomas and his friends.

An hour later the scene repeated itself at EB Games, where the staff handled the rush with military precision. Customers were asked to maintain their place in line once they were inside the store. Rather than have the customers find the merchandise, the staff brought the merchandise to them.

 

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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