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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ready for Black Friday? Line up behind Nashua’s Norman Oak

NASHUA – When Norman Oak drove past Best Buy on Daniel Webster Highway on Monday night and spotted workmen setting up metal barricades and gates, he knew instantly what he’d be doing the first thing Tuesday morning.

“I wasn’t taking any chances,” the 28-year-old Nashua man said Tuesday evening as he approached the 12-hour mark in what promises to be a long, chilly wait for a Black Friday bargain he simply can’t pass up. ...

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NASHUA – When Norman Oak drove past Best Buy on Daniel Webster Highway on Monday night and spotted workmen setting up metal barricades and gates, he knew instantly what he’d be doing the first thing Tuesday morning.

“I wasn’t taking any chances,” the 28-year-old Nashua man said Tuesday evening as he approached the 12-hour mark in what promises to be a long, chilly wait for a Black Friday bargain he simply can’t pass up.

Oak likely became the area’s first Black Friday shopper of the season to stake out a spot in line when, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, he unfolded his chair, fluffed up a bunch of blankets and settled in for the long haul about 10 feet from Best Buy’s main entrance. He said his wife visits often and other family members have promised to drive over from Pelham to bring moral support and food.

Several other chairs, set up earlier in the day behind Oak’s No. 1 spot, remained empty Tuesday evening. “They were here for awhile, but had to do some errands … I think they had a meeting to go to, not sure if they’ll be back tonight or tomorrow,” Oak said.

Showing up and camping out a day, sometimes two or three days, in advance of the opening of a store or ticket window has given rise to something of a subculture of like-minded individuals who enjoy the novelty and camaraderie of their “hobby” almost as much as scoring the ultimate prize, whether it be box seats to the World Series or, as in Oak’s case, a 40-inch Toshiba HDTV for $179, a great buy any way you slice it.

Inside, things appeared pretty normal for a Tuesday night except for the towering stacks of various-size boxes strategically placed in aisles and along the front of the store. Wrapped tightly in black plastic – likely to discourage peeking – the items are presumably Black Friday specials awaiting their midnight unveiling.

Best Buy’s general manager wasn’t available for comment Tuesday night, but several employees said they get a kick out of what’s become an annual ritual.

Oak said many shoppers stopped to chat on their way in or out of the store. “If I had a dollar for every one, I’d be rich,” he said with a smile.

Some even remember Oak from last year, when he waited 28 1⁄ 2 hours to pay just $199 for a 42-inch Sharp HDTV. “They said there were 2,700 people in line when the store opened,” he said. “It (the line) went from here up to Savers parking lot and wound around three times.”

Should Oak successfully stick it out, he’ll have stood, sat and slept in line for some 63 hours. And if his eager anticipation of Thanksgiving’s traditional turkey and fixings is any indication, he’ll surely make it.

“Yep, my family’s coming down with my Thanksgiving dinner,” he said, standing and taking a big stretch.

“Nothing like enjoying turkey outside.”

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).