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Early Black Friday Deals Changing Thanksgiving Traditions

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With those Black Friday deals starting earlier and earlier, Thanksgiving is changing.  Now people are spending the holiday in line waiting for a good deal instead of at home enjoying a good meal.

Nick Young was camped out in front of Best Buy in Mishawaka Thanksgiving afternoon.  "Had to be first in line to get the 50 inch TV," said Young.

Veteran Black Friday shoppers say they like the earlier deals.  "It's actually better for us cause when it was opening at six in the morning we'd spend 12 hours in the dark.  Now we're only spending six hours in the dark," said Jon Martinez.

Those who are new to this admit camping out for bargains takes them away from their normal Thanksgiving Day.  "Thanksgiving, ya know, great time to get together with the family, eat all the food, watch football," said Young.  Fellow Black Friday Shopper Josh Kirby said, I usually have dinner with my family."

But no one seems to mind.  "I've had thanksgiving for 18 years...now I want a TV," said Young.  Martinez said, "you can see your family all the time, all my family's from around here so I can see them whenever but you can't save this kind of money every day of the year."

In fact, for some, setting up shop in front of a store with camping chairs and tents has become the new thanksgiving tradition.  "After a couple years we started seeing the same people we've become friends from spending hours and hours out here together," said Martinez.

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