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Published November 25, 2011, 06:22 PM

Black Friday shoppers flock to area retailers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A big change to Black Friday shopping this year: Most stores opened at midnight, or even earlier. We met up with Black Friday bargain hunters, out shopping earlier than ever.

A big change to Black Friday shopping this year: Most stores opened at midnight, or even earlier. We met up with Black Friday bargain hunters, out shopping earlier than ever.

William Case – West Fargo: "It’s not gonna be good as far as financial wise tomorrow."

While this long line wrapping beyond Best Buy's parking lot...

William Case: "Been out here since yesterday about 8 o'clock."

The 180 Best Buy employees inside got ready for the midnight rush. William Case led the crowd, and the bargain hunt began.

William Case: "I'm getting the TV, and the tablet and some other things.”

Logan Smith - Breckenridge: "Came for a laptop and you ended up needing a ticket, so I didn't get the laptop I wanted."

Best Buy expects this controlled chaos to go on for at least three to four hours because these thousands of shoppers are serious about getting the best bargain.

Logan Smith: "Laptops were cheap. Couple hundred bucks off."

Crowds covered the store in every direction, and movie lovers grabbed blue ray bargains then ran to the register to quickly check out.

Over at Target people put together plans to get in and out quickly.

Alex Loomis - Fargo: "Straight down aisle 8 to the TVs, grab that, grab all the movies I can in my cart."

It's tradition for these friends to spend Black Friday ushering in the holiday shopping season.

Lauryn Wilson - Fargo: “I always compare it to hunting for boys. My dad never understands how we come here, but it’s that one big season opener.”

Between Best Buy and Target people are putting in some serious time searching for the city's best deals. Each store sported dozens of Black Friday bargains, and walking around Target, it was easy to see some hot-selling items.

Almost every cart seemed to be carrying items like vaccums, TV's, or PlayStation 3s. Many people picking up products were grabbing more than one. Shoppers were excited about deep discounts. People we talked to say they're grabbing gifts, and a little something for themselves.

Sheryl Flug – Colfax, WI: “I am buying toys for two of my granddaughters and also adopted granddaughters."

Krystal Mohs: "We are coming here specifically for Shark mops. We got it as a wedding gift, so we want more for our family and Christmas gifts."

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