FORT WORTH – The madness after Thanksgiving dinner began a bit earlier this year than those in the past. In the pre-holiday rush to the store, more than 500 people waited in line outside of the Super Target on 7th Street in Fort Worth for shopping deals.
When doors opened at 9 p.m., three hours earlier than usual, they went in. For many, the first stop was the electronics department.
“We are getting a TV and an IPad,” said one customer.
News 8 checked some of last year's Black Friday specials at Best Buy, Target and other retailers. We noticed that most similar items this year are few bucks cheaper, around $5 to $10.
Paul Gomez rushed to the Toys-R-Us store in White Settlement. He was one of the first customers to arrive. When the store opened at 8 p.m., hundreds of people were in line.
Gomez said he compares prices throughout the year.
“I try to keep track of all the good deals especially electronics and I usually don't find anything that matches to Black Friday that often,” he said.
Melissa Martin, also in line at Toys-R-Us, had her eye on toys for her three children. One of them, she said, was worth the wait.
“It's a $60 Mickey Mouse that's $20,” she said.
For these shoppers, every dollar makes a difference.
“You are still saving as long as you stick to the ads,” said Gomez. “If you don't stick to the ads you are losing money.”
Both stores, Toys-R-Us and Target, had officers on site to keep shoppers safe. No problems were reported.