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East Texans find mixed bag of deals on Black Friday

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Thousands of East Texans hit the stores early Friday morning, hoping to score massive Black Friday savings.

Many stores opened late Thursday night, helping thin out the normal chaos of the Friday crowds.

More than twelve hours after many East Texas stores opened their doors, shoppers like Traci Bynum were coming out with their hands full.

"I got two Kindle Fire HDs and a Microsoft Surface," Bynum said. "I found everything I needed really, really fast. Prices were really really good. I saved a lot of money. I saved about $400 here, so my husband will be really happy."

For some, it was all about the big screen TV savings

"I got a pretty big TV, 55 inches," said Gilberto Alvarado.

But even with her hands full, Red Oak resident Lisa Hendryx said she didn't find any deals that blew her away.

"Ulta had a lot of deals, but Best Buy and Marshall's, not so much," said Hendryx.

That meant Hendryx was on to the next store, shopping until she "gets tired enough to go home or runs out of money."

Sonya Johnson and Paul McNeal got a late start Friday, just after 10 a.m.

"We were looking for a tablet for my daughter and just some other odds and ends," McNeal said. "Anything we could pick up at a good deal."

And while there was plenty of stock, the couple said they didn't find anything they were interested in.

"There wasn't anything that caught your eye," Johnson said. "We got to have the wow factor, oh we got to have that."

"You saw a lot of fifties, hundred off but you know like 50% oh man, on something that's name brand, you just cant turn that down," McNeal said. "It was almost like just a step above your normal sale."

The shopping frenzy continues through the weekend, culminating with one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday.

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