Shoppers Brave Big Crowds for Black Friday Deals

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Shoppers hit the mall early on Black Friday. With sale signs glittering and shopping bags overflowing, the deals were hard to pass up for the massive crowds that swarmed the escalators.

“It’s exciting because the crowds are here and that’s what we’re excited about,” said Barbara Hale with Madison Square Mall. It’s hard to avoid the crowds of people.

Dennis Heard said he goes with his wife every year. “With the way the economy is, you gotta sacrifice somewhere, like shopping on Black Friday, you gotta get up early and get out here to save money,” said Heard.

For most shoppers, this was not their first rodeo. “I do this every year,” said Josh Orr. “Ever since I was a little kid, I love the madness, it’s just crazy.”

“We started last night,” said Heard. “We went to Toys’R’Us then ended up going to Walmart and it was a crowd at Walmart, ended up getting home about 9 o’clock, then we woke up and did it again this morning.”

Everyone has a different wishlist. “I’m looking for good deals, I’m shopping for my son, he’ll be a year old next month,” said Orr. “It’s not shopping for myself anymore, I’m shopping for him.”

“We bought perfume, those headbands everyone is wearing, the jersey shirts, Patagonias,” said Blake Burgett. Burgett and her friend had been shopping since 4:00 a.m.

The earlier the start time, the longer the madness lasts. “People get pretty crazy, I think the worst is with electronics,” said Orr.

“But I think the stores have done some things to try to lessen the madness, it’s getting more of a controlled chaos now.”