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Despite COVID-19, Fairbanks Black Friday shoppers rise and shine to get annual deals

Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 4:58 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - All around Fairbanks, early on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday shoppers huddled in the cold and dark parking lots of stores around town. Some were Christmas shopping, others where trying to get their hands on electronics. Whatever their reason, they endured the cold and COVID-19 changes to go shopping on the biggest retail day of the year.

“To me it is kind of festive to be even out here on Black Friday, and enjoy watching everybody trying to, you know, get that one hot gift for you know, their significant other or their children or whatnot,” said shopper Robert Thomas.

He was at Wal-Mart at 5 a.m. shopping for Christmas decorations. “Just for the bargains and the deals, we had to come out here anyways to get stuff for our Christmas tree so we could do the after Thanksgiving setup.”

Others, like Shane Fisher who had been at Fred Meyer for over 20 minutes, were hoping to get their hands on a new gaming console, “Well see, I have a sheer feeling they have the Xbox Series X in there and it is my one true wish to get that,” said Fisher.

Noah Hrehocik was waiting for over three hours outside a GameStop to buy the new Play Station 5, “I am waiting for the PS5, and, am I going to get it? Probably not, but I am still here to get my shot. It is a little disappointing for the people who get to sit in their cars, but I am here to give it my all I guess,” said Hrehocik.

He wasn’t the only one wanting a PS5. Thomas also looked at Wal-Mart for one, and Kris Sanchez had been sitting outside of GameStop with his buddy since 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day waiting to buy the new PS5.

“They haven’t really been producing much PlayStations, so I am just here to grab mine,” Sanchez said -- and he is confident he will get one. “I was like the first person here, I better get it.”

No matter what people are shopping for, being safe is always most important, according to Wal-Mart shopper Mario Bruce. “I mean it really don’t matter if there is a lot of people, less people... I am masked up, gloved up always, so you know, better safe than sorry.”

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