"Gray Thursday" jump starts Friday shopping
POSTED: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 12:38am
UPDATED: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 12:03pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — "Gray Thursday" has been a controversial topic as major retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving day.
In order to gain a jump start on Black Friday shopping, stores provide incentives like guaranteed inventory for those in line within the first hour. This has been a success, as shoppers wait in line for days just to get their hands on the hottest deals of the year.
KETK went to Best Buy to speak with East Texans about what items they are hoping to score. One said, "I'm trying to get a P.S.4.". Another mentioned a, "Laptop, TV, and camera".
These deals may save hundreds of dollars on household items for shoppers, but also make money for those stores who have lines of people waiting to scoop up their inventory.
On Thanksgiving, we found out some shoppers arrived as early as Tuesday afternoon, while others stood in line only hours before the store opening.
Police were on sight to monitor the crowds, while shoppers relaxed in lounge chairs, slept in tents, and even brewed coffee.
Don Martin with Tyler Police says, "We're posted at big department stores making sure we provide security and keep everything orderly and safe for all of the shoppers coming out for the black Friday".
Overall, Tyler shoppers did not seem to mind the door buster deals interfering with Thanksgiving. We heard, "I've got family coming up here bringing me a big ole plate of food". Another said, "They're opening at 6 rather than 12, so we're going to get to go to Thanksgiving dinner afterwards".