Black Friday deals come a day early to Valley shoppers

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Black Friday arrived a day early and brought with it big savings for Valley shoppers looking to get a jump on their holiday gift list.

"I've got to get a TV," Jackie Castro said. "Last year I was a little upset. People cut and I was like, no, not fair."

Black Friday, or actually Black Thursday, brings out all kinds of people with one common denominator -- the thrill of a good deal.

This year, Target was just one of the many retailers upping their game. Target opened its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to get its share of those coveted holiday shopping dollars.

"A lot of people come in for the TVs," said Target Manager Marc Strick. "We had a doorbuster that was $119, that was the big one, for a 40-inch Element."

Deals that for some are literally just too good to pass up, hence the hours spent waiting in line.

Year after year they find new ways to pass the time.

At the Goodyear Target on Litchfield near Interstate 10, Castro serenaded her fellow holiday shoppers.

All of that leading up to the moment the doors open. A moment 3TV captured with the help of Gabriel Willford, who took our GoPro camera in with him as the doors opened.

"We're the first ones in," he said.

On Black Friday, or Thursday, it pays to be first, as Willford can attest.

"I got seven TVs altogether and then all this stuff here and six iPads," he said.

Still not everyone enjoyed the process.

"I doubt I'll ever do this again on Thanksgiving," said first-time Black Friday shopper Jiffy Yslava.

All in all, things at Target went pretty smoothly.