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Black Friday Starts Before Thanksgiving Dinner

People made purchases as early as 6 a.m. Thursday.



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    Thanksgiving dinner hadn’t even been served when some people started making their way home from Black Friday shopping.

    Shoppers were already in line at 1 p.m. Thursday for the Springfield Plaza Kmart’s second round of Black Friday promotions. The first round began at 6 a.m.

    Many were in line at the Best Buy since Wednesday night, and some were equipped for the cold with a stove. The longest wait time: 17 hours.

    “It’s actually about $1,500 off,” said Ahmad Shukrey, the first Best Buy customer in line, explaining the savings he seeks.

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    Other stores joined in the Thanksgiving sales later, opening Thursday evening.

    In Oxon Hill, Maryland, News4 spoke with a woman who not only spent the holiday shopping but also drove for four hours to do it.

    "It's a beautiful place to shop," Linda Treadway of Lynchburg, Virginia, said at Tanger Outlets.

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    But at the Kmart at 14014 Connecticut Ave. in Silver Spring, Maryland, technical difficulties put an end to early Black Friday shopping. The store was supposed to be open from 6 a.m. Thursday through 10 p.m. Friday, but it lost its Internet at 3 p.m., meaning its registers stopped working.

    As of 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the store did not have an estimate for when the problem would be fixed, but when it is, the doors will reopen.

    In the meantime, a handwritten sign turns shoppers away.

    REI was one of the few stores closed on Thursday and Friday. They instead encouraged employees to spend time outdoors during this holiday season.