Nov 21, 2012 9:07 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Camped out shoppers give advice for Black Friday

In less than 30 hours, the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, kicks off. Many will sacrifice their Thanksgiving Day, to steal the biggest deals. But that feat is not always as easy as pie.

"I came here like at 8 in the morning," said Brian Munoz, the first shopper lined up at Best Buy in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday morning.

Munoz said those who want to save the most in merchandise, will have to sacrifice some sleep and holiday time.

He said, "Don't come like at Thursday at 11pm, because the lines are too long. Just come early, camp out, hang out with friends."

Camping out of Best Buy is also what Andy and Erin McDaniel from Santa Margarita are doing. Their advice for Black Friday shoppers is to come prepared as if you're actually camping out.

"[I've got] food to eat, I've got a burner so I can warm up a little oatmeal in the morning, I have a heater for the tent, extra clothes," said Andy.

When you finally get through the store doors, Munoz said shoppers should have a game plan.

He said, "we planned it out. Get TVs, and get laptops and stuff, and get out."

Downtown San Luis Obispo is expected to be flooded with shoppers on Black Friday as well, said Deborah Cash, the executive director of SLO Downtown Association.

She advised, "Plan your parking needs ahead of time, if you're gonna be here longer than two hours, park in a structure, you will not get a ticket."

Cash also said shoppers should remember about those working the long hours in the stores.

"For good customer service, be a good customer," said Cash.

For those who aren't necessarily up for shopping on Black Friday, sales can be found on Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.



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