Shoppers skip work, line up early for doorbusters


by Kristine Harrington

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 5:59 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Some shoppers have been in line for Black Friday deals since last week, saying the savings are worth taking time off work.

Several people were camped outside Best Buy at 83rd Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale on Tuesday.

"I scheduled two weeks off because we did this last year and I knew I was going to do it again this year," said Salvador Sanchez, who got in line Saturday.

Sanchez said the five-day wait is worth the chance to save about $1,000 on electronics.

"The question really comes down to what the value of their time is versus the value of what they're trying to get, and whether it's available any other time," said Michael Denning, a marketing professor at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business.

For example, someone waiting 168 hours, or seven days, to save $500 on a TV could have made that amount of money in 64 hours of work at minimum wage.

"If you've got some corporate job, you're not going to want to do this," said Ashley Bowers, who is able to do her job remotely. She set up her campsite at Best Buy on Saturday.

Two teens skipped class to line up for several deals, including saving $100 on an iPad. It would take 13 hours to earn $100 at minimum wage, which is $7.80 in Arizona.

"I'm just trying to have some fun," one of the teens said.

However, one man purchased a 3-D TV on Tuesday instead of waiting for a Black Friday deal.

"To me, it's not all about the money," Ron Dudean said. "My son's here from San Francisco, so we just took this opportunity to set up the 3-D for the grandkids."