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Let the race to great savings begin

Jonathan Craver Jonathan Craver

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- Dedicated Black Friday shoppers camped out in front of Best Buy for days. By 10pm Thursday night, the line stretched all the way down the shopping center. People say the sacrifices are small in comparison to what they gain by being at the story so early.  

Clint Stadler is a seasoned Black Friday shopper; this is his eighth year to camp out before the store's opening.

"I brought my tent here, two chairs, a blanket, and a queen size pillow mattress bed,"Stadler says.

These dedicated shoppers say they are gaining more than a good deal.

"It's about saving, but it's more about the experience, the party, and meeting a lot of nice people," he says.

Jonathan Craver was not too far down the line from Stadler and says he is a seasoned Black Friday shopper as well.

"I didn't even know these people till today," he says while pointing to a few new friends sharing his tent.

But these friendships may be short-lived.

"It's going to be competition when we walk in the door," Stadler says.

"People change when they see good deals I guess," Craver says.

These aren't casual shoppers...they know exactly what they are looking for.

"A big old 42" tv... just awesomeness just sitting right there. Crystal clear vision almost like looking through a window I guess," Craver says with a big smile on his face.

So, how happy is this guy going to be when he gets his hands on the marked down television?

"It will be like angels playing on their harps saying, 'you found your tv,'" Carver says as his friends and family giggle behind him.

Even before it is all said and done he can safely say...

"Be here next year because we will!"

Like many stores in Tyler, Best Buy's doors open at midnight. If you do not feel like braving the crowds, make sure to check out some Black Friday online deals.

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