Before most families could even get the turkey in the oven, a band of shoppers set up camp at the Best Buy in Fairview Heights in pursuit of serious deals, like $200 televisions.
By Wednesday afternoon, campers had set up eight tents, ensuring them the first spots in what is likely to be a long line.
Best Buy opens for Black Friday sales at midnight for the first time ever, helping it compete with other big box stores, such as Target and Walmart, also opening the minute Thanksgiving Day is over.
Sharp Aquos 40" series HDTVs, normally about $800, will be on sale for $200 in the early morning hours on Black Friday.
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