Brothers get an early start to holiday shoppingWhen brothers Jeff and Josh Klemond sought early Black Friday bargains at Duluth’s Best Buy two years ago, they found themselves far back in line.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
When brothers Jeff and Josh Klemond sought early Black Friday bargains at Duluth’s Best Buy two years ago, they found themselves far back in line.
They weren’t about to let that happen this year.
So Jeff, 24, and Josh, 19, pulled into the Best Buy parking lot at 8:30 on Wednesday evening — while people were still shopping inside, Jeff noted a bit sheepishly.
For 12 hours they had the parking lot to themselves, emphatically first in line for the annual door-buster sales that, for the electronics giant, were to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday.
But Jeff, a student in Fargo, N.D., who is home for the holiday; and Josh, a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, said it wasn’t bad. They had the covered back of a pickup truck and an ice-fishing tent for warmth. They watched some very-late-night Netflix movies. Early on Thanksgiving afternoon, they were watching Packers-Lions football “for fantasy football purposes,” Jeff said.
By this time, they had company. Jason Eades of Superior arrived at
8:30 a.m., armed with a list that expanded, he said, every time his wife called.
Eades didn’t have a tent, but another man who came about the same time shared his from time to time.
Eades didn’t mind, he said, with or without a tent.
“It’s for my kids, so I’ll wait,” he said. “No regrets. I’ll eat Thanksgiving dinner when I get home.”
With five children ages 6 through 17, Eades had a long list of bargain-priced items in his sights. Anticipated savings: $800.
The Klemond brothers, whose home base is the Lakewood neighborhood, planned to save hundreds of dollars as well, on a 55-inch TV and a 39-inch TV.
They wouldn’t miss out on Thanksgiving entirely, they said, because their mom would be bringing them some food.
“We’re getting her a TV, too,” Jeff explained.