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Anxious shoppers turn out for 'Black Thursday'

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David Palmer David Palmer
Layne Viernes Layne Viernes
Zachary Fletcher Zachary Fletcher

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Forget 'Black Friday', 'Black Thursday' was underway across the state on Thanksgiving night.

The Walmart in Lihue opened at 8 p.m. and shoppers were literally ripping through boxes, clawing at pajamas and art kits, just to get their hands on a good deal.

Back on Oahu, the flood gates at Toys-R-Us also opened early and one shopper described the scene as an 'amusement park.'

"It's like bumper cars," Layne Viernes said. "We always bumping into each other and everybody is bumping into you. It's pretty expected."

The general manager of Toys-R-Us in Pearlridge says the store made more than $500,000 on Black Friday in 2011. But after opening one hour earlier, sales are expected to jump significantly this year.

"It's the biggest day of the year, " said David Palmer, general manager of Toys-R-Us Pearlridge. "We look forward to it every year."

Best Buy doesn't open until midnight, but one anxious shopper has already been camped out since Sunday morning.

"I'm still a little worried, but I feel like I'm as prepared as can be," said Zachary Fletcher, who is hoping to score a 40-inch television for $180. "I scoped out the place yesterday just before they closed. I made sure I knew where everything was gonna be."

Despite the long waits and aisle-to-aisle chaos, shoppers say they already can't wait for Black Thursday 2013.

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