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Thursday Shopping, Less Intense Black Friday?

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The lines and crowds at Best Buy were practically non-existent around 5:30am on Black Friday.

ROSEVILLE – Black Friday usually means long lines, crowds of people, and the mad dash to get a good deal.

It can get ugly.

“Last year were people pushing, running for things, trying to take things away from other people,” recalled shopper Carlos Rivas.

But he said this year it’s different, “Now the whole store’s for yourself.”

Fellow shoppers Laura Frederick and Lexi Larson agreed; they had just finished looking around Best Buy at 5:30am. “Usually there’s chaos in here and it’s kind of dead,” said Larson.

Normally at the time they were shopping the store would be packed with people, but that wasn’t the case this year. The reason why there were less shoppers is hard to say, but it probably has something to do with many stores opening on Thanksgiving.

The Black Friday intensity many shoppers are used to seeing happened Thursday morning at the K-Mart in south Sacramento, when a man threated to stab someone for pushing his children.

That energy was noticeably absent on Friday.

“It is a little weird because it started so early,” said Frederick, “We started at ten and it felt like we were late to everything.”

But even with a “late” start there were still plenty of bargains. Other shoppers said Black Friday felt the same.

But even if the intense energy of Black Friday is gone it may not be such a bad thing. “It’s better,” said Rivas, “You don’t have to deal with the hassle of other people.”

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