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California Shoppers Line Up Outside Best Buy 22 Days Before Black Friday

They started camping out before Best Buy even announced what deals it was going to offer.
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Black Friday is known for driving shoppers into a frenzy, but for two California diehards, Black Friday officially started on November 7. That's the day bargain hunters Vickey Torres and Juanita Salas set up camp outside Best Buy's Beaumont, CA, store in the hopes of securing the retailer's Black Friday doorbuster deals. (Heads up, ladies, Best Buy will open at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day.)

For those not keeping count, that means these women lined up a whole 22 days before Black Friday. That beats last year's earliest shoppers, who coincidentally also flocked to Best Buy, by eight days. The women, who take turns going home for showers and breaks, say they've been doing this for years and are hoping to score a good deal on a television.

To be fair, Best Buy does have some killer deals in its Black Friday ad — we're particularly smitten with its $200 50" Panasonic TV and $900 55" Samsung 4K HDTV — but these women lined up before Best Buy's ad even leaked. Additionally, they're probably unaware of the dozens of other equally great HDTV deals, some of which will be available online before Black Friday.

In an interview with CBS Las Vegas, Torres admits some people may think she's crazy, but says such criticisms don't bother her. Online commenters, however, can be harsher as Libi Uremovic wonders how two humans could have "nothing to do with their lives for 22 days that's more important that saving $20 on a television."

Readers, what advice would you give to Torres and Salas? Are Best Buy's Black Friday deals that good? Are there any deals that would encourage you to set up camp outside a store this week?


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With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
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13 comments
InMyOffice
Obviously their time is worth less than the $1/hour of value they will be receiving for waiting 22 days.
dragonslayer2065
Wait in line for 22 days to save $$$. Thank you welfare for supporting my decision. I can claim I also waited for a job & got no answer and then I'll do it all over again next month.
Greg the Gruesome
>...Libi Uremovic wonders how two humans ...

I clicked on her name on her comment and then on the link to her personal Web site that's on her Disqus profile and I found her rather... interesting.
Janonymouse
Many times these people are homeless and are paid to save a spot for the actual buyer.
This is done all the time for sporting events when tickets for special games go on sale; i.e., superbowl, world series, etc.
The shame of it is they are not paid very well.
np555
I was just there yesterday and the chairs were there but the ladies weren't. Maybe taking a break...
Bradster
I hope she brought enough pepper spray.
rx330
If you need to wait in line for 22 days to save $100 on a tablet, then you might want to spend those 3 weeks aggressively looking for a job & hopefully, that $100 savings won't matter if you opt to do something with your life and contribute to society.
kyungone
well black friday shopping is more ritual than actual deal so whatever make them happy go for it. it seems like they are having fun time smiling, talking, getting media attention and... get some nice deal 1st so hey i have no problem :)
satchev
These individuals need to be evaluated by qualified mental health professionals, I suspect they have some issues.
huertac1
Unfortunately, I have to agree with the comment in the article...don't they have any life responsibilities to deal with during the 22 days of their absence from home? Quite ridiculous...
ski522
Stupid is...stupid does!
frenchyaz
They wanted attention, they got it. Now they can go home.
Aboyne
Best Buy probably hired them for the publicity.
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