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For some in the Santa Clarita Valley, Black Friday began on Sunday

In search of bargains, some local residents line up days in advance

Posted: November 27, 2013 3:18 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2013 3:18 p.m.

Shoppers, right, pass by pre-Black Friday shoppers, left, who have camped out in front the Best Buy store in Valencia on Wednesday. Diehard deal shoppers have been there since last Sunday expecting to save hundreds of dollars on electronics when the store opens Thanksgiving evening. Photo by Signal Staff Photographer Dan Watson.

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SANTA CLARITA - The Santa Clarita Valley has a new neighborhood of residents eager to cash in on Black Friday discounts and get their hands on the latest tech toys.

Since Sunday, more than half a dozen hearty bargain devotees have been camped out on the sidewalk in front of the Best Buy store on Bouquet Canyon Road to claim a premium spot for Black Friday, the annual shopping craze that falls the day after Thanksgiving,.

Most said they have their eyes on the same prizes, including PlayStation 4 game consoles, iPads and a 75-inch television.

“We’re here to make that best buy ever,” said Renee Bugarin, who put down roots at the Best Buy store Sunday evening, sandwiched between other campers in tents. “It was a lot colder last year. Actually it was supposed to rain but it’s really great out here,” he said.

Some of Bugarin’s “neighbors” — three young men kipping in the tent next door — shouted out in unison that they wanted iPads and a 75-inch television as recompense for their time in line.

But what about the turkey dinner they’re going to miss?

“Turkey and a tablet, turkey and a tablet, that’s what I’m going to get,” said one enthusiastic young camper, noting that his turkey meal would be delivered to him while he is in line waiting to buy a table computer.

Stephanie, a Best Buy manager who did not reveal her last name, citing company policy, said she wasn’t surprised to see Black Friday shoppers camped out since Sunday.

“It’s the same people every year,” she said. “They come every year and I recognize them.”

Best Buy allows Black Friday shoppers to camp outside the store on the condition they adhere to some basic considerations, she said.

“They do have to clean up after themselves and, basically, to be respectful of others,” she said.

More traditional shoppers, those who purchase their items and leave rather than waiting days in line, found the tent city population amusing.

“This is hilarious, absolutely hilarious,” said one man as he left the store and walked by the campers.

Best Buy, and many other businesses, are foregoing the traditional Black Friday opening date and instead throwing open their doors as early as Thanksgiving evening.
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