Don’t wait too long: lines already forming for deals this evening

Dayton-area shoppers looking for deals won’t want to wait until the last second to show up.

Shoppers are already forming lines outside major retailers like Best Buy, whose sales start at 5 p.m. Some, like Justin Sexton of Miamisburg, have been waiting since 10 p.m. last night.

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“They’ve got some killer deals and we got two bedrooms done on the house and we need two TVs,” he said. “We can do most of the Christmas shopping and save $1,000.”

Best Buy deals include a 43-inch Toshiba Fire television for $130, Samsung Laptops as low as $99 and an Xbox One X console for $430.

When the Miami Twp. store opens this evening, Sexton and his girlfriend will have waited in the front of the line nearly 19 hours. But he said it’s worth it to save the extra cash.

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“I debated about it. I didn’t even know if I was really going to come and then when I got off work yesterday I just thought it’s too good of a deal,” he said. “We’re going to spend way more if we don’t, so let’s just go do it.”

This is Sexton’s first time camping out for a deal, sleeping about five hours last night in below-freezing temperatures. He said after the shopping at Best Buy, he’ll go home and sleep, waiting until Cyber Monday to do any more shopping. But his girlfriend will probably go out again for other deals.

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“It’s pretty cool being out with people on Thanksgiving who are in that Thanksgiving mood,” he said.

Meijer started its major sales at 6 a.m. this morning. Just an hour later nearly all of the hundreds looking to scarf up cheap televisions, iPads and Apple watches were in check out lines or already out the door.


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