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Black Friday consumers wait in line at Crossgates for good deals

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ALBANY, N.Y. - The Black Friday lines outside Best Buy at Crossgate's Mall started Wednesday afternoon - but by Thanksgiving night the line wrapped around the mall's parking lot.

Most people said they were in line for flat screen TVs selling for under $200.

Shoppers are expecting savings of a few hundred dollars as they shop for holiday gifts.

Best Buy employees began to pass out tickets for "door buster" deals a little before midnight.

But while many wait in line, quite a few consumers have been turned off by the Black Friday craze as it encroaches on Thanksgiving Thursday.

With stores like Walmart opening up at 8 p.m. on Turkey Day, many feel like the stores are taking away their employee's ability to celebrate the holiday with their families.

On the NEWS10 Facebook page, viewers sounded off when news of lines forming at 5 p.m. started rolling in.

Kevin M. Haran said, "I try to shop local instead of chains anyway, but when I do shop this year I won't spend a dime in any store that dragged its employees in to work on Thanksgiving. I'm sorry they're getting any business at all today."

"People are so quick to judge. I'm sure all of you commenting on how "stupid" or how these people should be at home with their families live perfect lives. If spending time with your family was so important why are you on Facebook! To each their own!" said Michelle Delgaudio.

Pk Miller said, "What is so bloody important? Giving up your Thanksgiving to camp out at Best Buy or ANY retailer for Black Friday sales? We have a new definition of INSANITY...."

"Lots of people work on Thanksgiving. Hospitals, ambulance, fire , nursing homes, jails , youth centers, taxi drivers, tow truck drivers, cops, grocery store clerks, gas station employees, restaurants, cops, FOOTBALL players, pilots, air traffic control, etc. Whats the big deal with someone worming at Target or Walmart? They are getting holiday pay and may have even volunteered for the extra money," said Stefanie Gwinn-Vega.

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