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Oahu shoppers camp out for Black Friday deals

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Zachary Fletcher Zachary Fletcher
Shawn Troup Shawn Troup
Michael Ulep Michael Ulep

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Black Friday is four days away, but some serious shoppers on Oahu are already lining up. They'll be spending their Thanksgiving waiting for doorbuster deals. Zachary Fletcher, 22, showed up at the Aiea Best Buy on Sunday morning. He was fourth in line last year.

"I wasn't able to get what I wanted so this year I was like okay, I am going to be first in line," said Fletcher. "I've had people say, 'Wow you're crazy,' but I've also had people fist bump me like, 'You're a pretty cool guy.'"

Fletcher brought board games, weights, and a tent to sleep in. He knows exactly what to grab for gifts when the doors open at midnight on Friday.

"The ASUS tablet. I might get the Galaxy 2 as well, and of course, the Toshiba TV 40-inch and I'm looking at getting that too. I mean a 40-inch for $180? Can't beat that," said Fletcher.

Best Buy employees have been busy stocking up. Shoppers can take advantage of deep discounts, but quantities are limited and there are no rainchecks.

"We got a lot of things that are going to be driving people in here, from TVs, cell phones, tablets, computer packages," said Best Buy sales support manager Shawn Troup. "We usually have a few thousand people, maybe two thousand or more people, but we regulate how many come in at a time so we're safe. We're very safe with this. No one has ever been trampled or anything like that."

There is also a line outside Best Buy in Iwilei. Michael Ulep worked with a group last year to spread out in the store.

"This person went to the movies to grab this. This other person went to get all the iTunes cards. We kind of had a strategy planned from the get-go," explained Ulep.

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