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Bargain hunters already in line for Black Friday deals

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Posted at 8:49 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 23:39:38-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Black Friday is coming early this year as many retail stores are opening up on Thanksgiving Day.

That means Wednesday night there were already bargain hunters camping outside stores, making sure they don't miss out on that $200 50-inch TV.

Nathaniel Juarez pitched his tent outside Best Buy in South Salt Lake City around 6 a.m. Wednesday. That's 35 hours before the doors open. The only supplies with him were a puzzle and some blankets.

"You want really heavy blankets. They do the job to keep me alive," said Juarez.

Right next to Juarez is Kami Johnson. She says it's not worth camping in the cold, unless you clear out the entire store.

"We're getting a 50-inch TV, we're going to look at the fridges see what kind of deals they have. I'm going to look at laptops personally, because I need a new one," said Johnson.

Johnson has even devised a way that she won't miss Thanksgiving dinner.

"We're going to do Thanksgiving on Friday so we can actually be together as a family," said Johnson. "Yes, we're moving the holiday to get a TV."

However, not all Black Friday shoppers are playing by the rules. One tent was moved, because the owner hadn't been seen in hours. Shoppers say you have to earn your spot in line.

"Basically don't think it's fair you know. We're sleeping out here, going through the cold and they don't get to and then they just come back and get the sales," said Stephen Eligio.

Those first in line will all be given tickets ensuring that the item they waited for is available. Best Buy said this cuts down on the pushing and shoving that sometimes takes place at the doors of these stores once they open.