Black Friday- A Shopping Frenzy

by Kirby Gibbs

Lufkin, TX. (KTRE) - Traditionaly, in the United States, the beginning of the Christmas shopping season begins the Friday after Thanksgiving. Well, today is that Friday, better known as "Black Friday".  KTRE was out this morning to get details on today's shopping frenzy.

Shoppers frantically rushed into stores this Black Friday morning. The isles quickly flooded with baskets and people, determined to get all the Christmas items for the best prices.

"Some people hunt, some people shop and we're hunting to bargain and it saves us money and it's an adrenaline rush" exclaimed one Black Friday enthusiast.

Many shoppers have been out since the wee hours, waiting eagerly for the doors to open to get dibs on the hottest toys and electronics of the season. Some were at stores as early as 1:00 p.m. Thanksgiving day.

Customers standing in lines that wrapped the store building, say they've gotten the chance to visit with new and familiar people, they've spent hours learning each other's life stories, and although this is a competitive event, some joined together to think of strategic shopping plans.

"We've all teamed up and there's 7 of us and we're gonna tackle each other's list and share them and we'll meet in, a secret spot, we have a secret spot we're gonna meet at and divy things up, it's good stuff" says Paige Rhodes, another Black Friday Enthusiast.

True shoppers live for this moment, but there are those that have opted to stear clear from the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds by staying home. The hectic shopping experience has been known to leave people injured; but so far, it has remained safe.

Megan Kype, and East Texas shopper told us that, "No one's cut, I've never had to, I haven't had to beat anybody up or poke anybody in the eyes". Another shopper joked that you only have to fight at Wal-Mart.

So are 'Early Bird' bargains and items worth the waiting, pushing, racing, and the crowds? Black Friday shoppers say, "absolutely, absolutely, it's good stuff.  They say shopping on Black Friday is a great. Many have found everything they needed.

Although Black Friday has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season since at least the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 1924, the term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the 1960's. The popular term originated in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day. More recently, however, merchants have used it refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black, or turning a profit.