Everyone likes a bargain, especially during the holiday shopping season. But even the most die-hard shoppers have to ask themselves: How early is too early to start lining up for Black Friday sales?
For a pair who've been best buds since kindergarten, the answer is about a week.
On Friday at around midnight, Jesse Bredholt and Ryan Seech pitched a tent in front of Best Buy near Century III Mall on Clairton Road in West Mifflin, unrolled their sleeping bags and a 3-inch memory pad inside and settled in. They've been there ever since, save for bathroom breaks at the Chick-fil-A at the other end of the parking lot and a nearby Denny's. Yet that's not even the crazy part.
Most people who start lining up early in an effort to be first in line for the door-buster deals that have come to mark this unofficial start to holiday shopping have one or two specific items in mind -- say, that digital camera they've had their eye on for months or maybe an LCD HDTV for a ridiculously low price.
(Top image: Ryan Seech, left, and Jesse Bredholt wait at their tent outside Best Buy's Pleasant Hills store for the chain's Black Friday sale at the end of the week. This is the fourth year the two have pitched their tent outside a local Best Buy. Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette)