Medford shoppers spent their Thanksgiving waiting in line for Black Friday deals

Some arrived as early as 9 a.m. and waited for doors to begin opening at 5 p.m.

Posted: Nov 28, 2019 11:10 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Black Friday shopping is underway and stores across the Rogue Valley are packed. If you skipped the lines, but enjoy watching the chaos from afar, don't worry, Newswatch12's Cassidy Delamarter is giving you a look at what shopping has been like so far.

People started lining up at businesses across Medford early Thanksgiving morning, some arrived as early as 9 a.m.

Ryan, an annual Black Friday shopper didn't hide his excitement. "I'm super excited for today's Black Friday - YEAH WOOHOO!"

Not everyone had as much energy as Ryan, but that might be because they've been waiting in line all day.

Roger Cuestas said he over-estimated how early he needed to get to Best Buy. "I've been here since like nine in the morning, I don't know why I didn't leave and come back."

Cuestas said last year he was three-people too late to Best Buy and missed out on a "huge" TV deal.

"I didn't want that to happen again, so I was like I have to be here for this, this time."

He wasn't alone. Everyone around him in line got there early too and it seems they were all there for the same thing - a TV. 

"It's 58 inches for $200 and you get a free Alexa," Jose, another annual shopper said. He was sent on a mission to wait in line to get his grandfather a new TV.

And the father-son duo that were first in line at Best Buy got there even earlier than Cuestas. They told NewsWatch12 they brought sleeping bags and set up a small camp to stay warm.

You might be wondering what about dinner? Isn't that the best part of Thanksgiving?

Cuestas said, "Yeah, after, TV comes first."

"We aren't starting Thanksgiving until after five for my family, so it all works out for me," Jose said. 

Others just had dinner delivered to them in line. Some had dinner and then got ready to shop. That's what Jenny Wakefield did. This is first year Wakefield brought her daughter along for Black Friday shopping.

"Hopefully this is a fun experience," Wakefield told NewsWatch12. "I think that's the most important because I want to keep the joy in the holiday. It's supposed to be fun, not crazy."

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