Is camping outside of stores for Black Friday extinct?

ORLANDO, Fla. —
Something about the post-turkey shopping frenzy gets people spending like it’s tradition, and many told us, it is.

“There are good deals on towels, bed skirts and there’s plenty more,” said Big Lots customers Angel and Mayra Rivera.

With few stores open on Thanksgiving Day this year, some said they had nowhere to shop until the official Black Friday.

The Riveras said for six years, they had the same routine.

“Golden Corral, then the outlets but the outlets are closed these days so here it is,” Angel Rivera said.

In years past on Thanksgiving, many lined up outside stores like Target.

When the WESH 2 News crew visited stores in the Orlando area Thursday evening, we found just a few people at stores.

Many of the deals are already online.

To curb crowds, stores like Best Buy rolled out deals days if not weeks ahead of Black Friday on their websites.

“It’s not available online. They did an only in-person exclusive drop today,” said Zachary Schaumann, a Game Stop customer.

GameStop was the only store where our crews found a Thanksgiving Day customer line, but that line was calm.

“I think we’ve all simmered down as a population and we just want to get things as easy as possible,” said Lester Echols, another Game Stop customer.

Juan Duque and his father camped outside Best Buy for their deals.

Juan said his dad had to head work early in the morning, so his mom would take over the morning camping shift.

As the only pre-Black Friday campers we could find, the family carried on what, for now, appears to be a fading Thanksgiving day tradition.

But others told us, they’ll be out on the official Black Friday for their full taste of tradition and savings.

If you don’t make it out or online for Black Friday, don’t worry.

There are many deals for “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday” coming up, including from Central Florida’s theme parks.

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ORLANDO, Fla. —Something about the post-turkey shopping frenzy gets people spending like it’s tradition, and many told us, it is. “There are good deals on towels, bed skirts and there’s plenty more,” said Big Lots customers Angel and Mayra Rivera. With few stores open on Thanksgiving Day this year, some said they had nowhere to…

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