Whit Johnson, Rodney Danson
One of the most popular Black Friday destinations are Best Buy stores, where bargain hunters stood in lines for hours, and sometimes days. Arotin Arekelian says he camped outside the Atwater Village store for nearly a week to snag the second spot in line. Whit Johnson reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2012.
From the moment the doors opened at midnight, the Best Buy in Atwater Village was buzzing with bargain hunters ready to wait hours for their chance at door-busting deals that have made the electronic superstore the most popular Black Friday destination.
In Atwater Village, the lines inside clogged up the isles, and the lines outside wrapped around the building.
Arotin Arekelian has been venturing into the Black Friday shopping frenzy for “five years in a row, and counting.”
Arekelian was second in line, a spot he snagged by camping out for nearly a week. With a variety of electronics on his long shopping list, he said he’s ready to take advantage of the deals.
"I'm going to spend like a thousand dollars maybe, and then I'm going to save like two thousand," Arekelian said.
TV's were the hottest items of all. One 32-inch LCD was going for $50 off its regular price, and the bigger the screen, the bigger the discount.
"I am way too excited," said shopper Apo Kusherian, who saved about $800 on a new television. "I'm like amazingly happy. This is unbelievable."
Other shoppers were just eager to finish, and call this Black Friday a success.