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What Black 'Friday' shopping at Best Buy looked like on Thanksgiving
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Tessia Webb chats on the phone as she waits outside Best Buy Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, with others for the store's 5 p.m. opening. - photo by Scott Rogers

Spending Thanksgiving waiting hours in line is worth it to some. 

Drawn by the allure of snagging a good Black Friday deal, a crowd slowly grew in front of Best Buy on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville. The store opened its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.

Jonathan Morfin and Selena Gomez arrived at midnight, bringing charged phones, blankets and chairs. 

Gomez, who is 19, said she really wanted the 58-inch TV that was going for $199. The same TV usually costs around $479.

“I think it’s worth it just for the money you’re saving,” Gomez said. 

Morfin said if he could give any advice to someone waiting in line overnight, he would tell them to bring a tent. 

Gomez and Morfin spent most of the night in a car, while keeping an eye on their spot. 

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Selena Gomez, left, and Jonathan Morfin are first in line at Best Buy on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, as they join others along the sidewalk waiting for the Gainesville store's 5 p.m. opening. - photo by Scott Rogers

Benjamin Sicard was the fourth person in line at Best Buy. He arrived around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Sicard said the line has gotten shorter over the past couple of years and the chaos is kept under control by the Best Buy staff.

Everyone waiting for a Black Friday deal is given a ticket before they enter the building. They’re only allowed to purchase one item. 

Although he spends a good portion of his Thanksgiving waiting in line, Sicard said he’ll most likely be back next year. 

“It’s just tradition,” he said. “It’s been profitable the last couple of years.”

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Black Friday deal hunters queue up Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, along the sidewalk at Best Buy to wait for the store's 5 p.m. opening. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Black Friday deal hunters queue up Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, along the sidewalk at Best Buy to wait for the Gainesville store's 5 p.m. opening. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Dozens of Black Friday deal hunters line up along the sidewalk at Best Buy Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, waiting for the Gainesville store's 5 p.m. opening. - photo by Scott Rogers
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