Long lines mean waiting for the bargains in Martinsburg

November 25, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Karen Hart thought about shopping at Best Buy in Martinsburg Thursday night, but one look at the long line of people outside the store waiting for a midnight Black Friday sale turned her away.

"They were already lined up at 6 o'clock from Best Buy clear down to Michael's," Hart said Friday afternoon as she was about to leave Martinsburg Mall with her aunt, Patricia Richmeier of Virginia Beach, Va.

"Last year, the line went (past) one store," recalled Neo Melonas who braved the line for the electronics store in The Commons shopping center for the second consecutive year.

"This year the line wrapped almost all the way down to GameStop — it was enormous."

"But we got in and out — we got there at 11:15 p.m., and I was out by 12:30 a.m. It was fantastic."

In town for Thanksgiving to visit family in Hedgesville, W.Va., Neo Melonas said he was able to get exactly what he wanted; an Xbox 360 (250GB), and Harry Potter and The Deathly Shadows Part 2 on Blu-ray for his father.

Hart said she went to Walmart Thursday evening, but otherwise waited until after breakfast Friday morning, but still managed to get everything they wanted.

"Everything was for somebody else," said Richmeier, who was visiting her brother, Hart's father, for Thanksgiving.

 Donna Means of Martinsburg smiled as she said her daughter didn't make her go to the stores early on Friday.

"I got a break this year — we didn't start shopping until about 11 o'clock (Friday)," Means said.

"But its been nice, and we got everything we needed," Means said.

Seated on a bench outside Five Below, Means said they bought her grandson an iPod and a telescope.

Means admits she could have saved some money on the 32-inch television she bought for her son about a month ago.

"I really got ripped off, I should have waited," she said, laughing.

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