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Stores begin holiday sales before Black Friday

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Albany/HV: Stores begin holiday sales before Black Friday
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Shoppers are already lining up at big box stores, hitting up holiday week sales. But a number of locals worry that Thanksgiving Day is becoming the new Black Friday, taking away some of the holiday cheer. YNN's John Wagner has the story.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Virginia Ciaci is about to work her fifth Black Friday at Middletown's Q Collection. As with all stores at the Galleria, they are required to be open whenever the mall is. This year that means starting work at midnight.

"It's way too late for me," said Ciaci. "I'd rather be home sleeping or hanging out. I kinda have to rush dinner now so I can be here on time."

This holiday, Ciaci is just thankful they aren't joining the trend of big box stores that will open on Turkey Day.

"I think everybody should be home having dinner and spending time with their family," said Ciaci. "There's 364 other days that you could go shopping, go to the mall."

On Sunday, sale hunters began lining up. Sams Club offered their business and prime members a pre-black Friday sale.

"Thank god they keep getting earlier so we don't have to be out here when all the maniacs are," said one shopper eyeing a 60" TV with a $698 price tag.

"It's too crazy, I don't do it in the morning," said another.

Some of those lined up for TVs and Tupperware say Thursday is fair game, others say sales come at a big price.

"With the economy the way that it is, it's an opportunity for them to make some extra money," said one sympathetic shopper.

"They're just looking for the money," said Susie Bennett from Montgomery. "It's family day. It should be family and football and things like that, not in the stores spending money--no, no, no, no, no."

If you are one of the insomniac shoppers, Ciaci said to stop by but not until midnight.

"Not all women want electronics," continued Ciaci, "some people want pretty necklaces, scarves, and a lot of purses too." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP