Shoppers get an early start
Mark Peterson of Harrison stood in line in front of Kohl’s in Port Chester at 3:30 this morning hoping to get unbelievable bargains on toys for his young daughter.
His sister, Lindsay Peterson of New Rochelle, is a bargain hunter, too. But her primary reason for being in the line was tradition. “I think it’s just fun,” she said.
The holiday shopping season kicked off across the Lower Hudson Valley this morning with customers huddled in layers of clothing and clutching warm drinks outside clothing, electronics and toy stores. The day is known as “Black Friday” – ostensibly because it’s the day that retailers become profitable for the year.
Experts say retailers are being particularly generous with discounts this year as a way to boost sales in the midst of a world economic crisis and at a time when companies are cutting jobs and retirement portfolios are shrinking.
Mark Peterson said he waited in line early on Black Friday last year and was astounded by the low prices.
“The prices are insane,” he said. “I came last year and I said ‘I can’t afford not to come back.’”
About 50 people were in the line outside Kohl’s at 3:45 a.m. But by the time a manager placed a key in the front door and let people in, the line had swelled to more than 200.
The shoppers entered the store in an orderly manner – except for one woman who sauntered up to the front of the line, cutting dozens of people and drawing dirty looks from those she passed.