Shoppers get head start on "Black Friday" in Mobile

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"And I have to come two to three hours early to get in line to possibly get one", said Ann Skinner. It turned out to be a bit of a miscalculation, she acknowledged with a laugh.

Many shoppers committed to the early sales spent hours parking and standing in lines, like Barb Neumann from Clinton Township, who spent her morning at Carson's in Clinton Township and then stood in line at Toys "R" Us in Sterling Heights in the afternoon.

"I like to shop for donating things to charity causes.They need towels or sheets or pans or whatever and it's kind of fun to get good deals on them and be able to pass them on", said Sarno.

TAPPAN LAKE residents Samantha and Christopher get ready to leave the Ohio Valley this morning after a long night of shopping

Everyone has a different reason for hitting the mall on Thanksgiving day! "It's just exciting! It's Christmas time", said Heather Hodge.

The switch to online shopping around Thanksgiving could easily symbolize retail's problems as a whole.

Others just want to get out of the house and end the Thanksgiving holiday with a trip to their favorite mall.

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"We have a five-year-old at home who wants a Luvabella doll, so hopefully we can find that, along with the other stuff that she graciously asked Santa for", said Courtney Neiderer of York.

Many chains, such as Target and Macy's, are even using their networks of stores to fill online orders this year, reducing shipping costs and speeding up delivery times. It was a frenetic hunt-that sometimes led to mass hysteria-for discounts. Snagging the year's best deals no longer means foregoing Thanksgiving dinner to stand outside in the snow - it can just as easily be done with a tap of the phone, in between plates of turkey. By Black Friday, most Americans will have begun their gift buying.

"This is not our first time".

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For some, the thrill of shopping at the store is better than clicking on a website, and the thrill is starting earlier and earlier as the years go by.

Hundreds of shoppers either delayed or got their Thanksgiving out of the way early to jump on deals offered by retailers before Black Friday. Walmart followed a day later, with $6 pajamas and $998 Samsung TVs.

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