Eager shoppers line up early to get the best deals

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Stateline residents lined store fronts to be the first shoppers at Best Buy. Many area stores start the sales on Thursday night instead of Friday.

Shoppers start early

By 6 p.m. Thursday there were already about 100 customers at the store looking for the best prices on TVs, computers and security devices.

"My girlfriend is looking for a new TV, so she's been wanting it for over a year," says Gary Drews who arrived at Best Buy at 5 p.m. "So today's the day we come and look for them."

Others were getting a head start on holiday gifts. "I have a daughter, she's going to turn 13 and is really into laptops," says Krystale Dismuke who was shopping with her brother. "I'm here to really just help her with her education."

Best Buy reopens Friday at 8 a.m. and remains open all day.