Tucson shoppers kick off Black Friday a lot earlier this year

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Shoppers are kicking off Black Friday a lot earlier this year. Many big box stores are breaking tradition and have opened as early as 6 p.m. Thursday.

Shoppers entered Best Buy urgently looking for door buster deals. "So, we just went in, we were going to get this at Wal-Mart but we got it here because it was available and it was the same price and earlier," said Cord Kilbourne.

Electronics were a big hit of course. People waiting in line since Saturday to buy televisions, I-Pads and cell phones.

Angela Perez stood in front of Target for 11 hours all for a 50-inch television.

"Like I tell my friends and family, I have more time than money," said Perez.

It's those savings, retailers know will lure in more people, so this year, a number of big box stores opened even earlier.

At Toys-R-Us, the line wrapped around the building. Doors opened at 6 p.m. and shoppers stuffed their carts with a bunch of toys.

Opening earlier has caused some controversy, as thousands of employees had to miss Thanksgiving meals.

"No, it's not fair for the employees," said Deana Stone. "They should have time with their families, just as we should have time with their families. I mean we do have a choice, they don't."

"If you sign up for a job, or go in for a job interview, they ask if you can work holidays. If you can't work holidays, then that's your fault," said Sable Jenkins.

It leaves many wondering how much earlier stores will open next year?

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