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Shoppers bail early on Thanksgiving for early holiday deals

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Some people call it Black Friday encroachment. But to shoppers who stood in line on Thanksgiving Day waiting for stores to open, it was all about getting a bargain a day earlier than usual.

Tiara Stevenson was first in line outside the Toys R Us in Clinton, Md. She was thankful for the chance to cash in on Black Friday-like bargains on Thanksgiving Day.

"This is when the sales begin. [On] Friday, these racks will be cleaned," Stevenson said.

Linda Hill planned to make a beeline for the 50 percent off deal on Skylanders gear for her four-year-old grandson.

"My son who had to work asked me if I would wait in line for him, so that's what I'm doing," Hill says.

Make no mistake -- people willing to shop on Thanksgiving take it very seriously.

Kendra Graham said, "I love it. I love the sales. It's like adrenaline. Get in and get what you need and get out."

Some shoppers, like Gino Gardner, had a whole weekend of bargain hunting planned.

"We're going to a couple more stores tonight, and we'll be back up at 3 a.m. for Black Friday shopping," Gardner says.

Dwayne Johnson is just glad to keep more money in his pocket and still make his kids happy.

"One of the games I bought is normally $80, and I just got it for $34.47, so it was definitely worth it," Johnson says.

There are six fewer shopping days until Christmas this year than last year, so retailers want to lure customers in early and often. One good sign is a ten percent spike in online shopping on Thanksgiving this year.

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