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Friday, November 25, 2005
Posted 5:05 PM by

Bitter cold Black (hearted) Friday

Hundreds of buyers brave the cold and a long line in front of Best Buy, near the Oxford Valley Mall, at around 5 a.m. while waiting for the store to open.Despite bitterly cold temperatures, thousands of holiday shoppers, myself included, lined up outside of area stores before dawn this morning to hunt for Black Friday bargains.

The line at Wal-Mart on the Levittown Parkway stretched the entire front of the store by 4:30 a.m. Most customers were dressed for winter, but some simply huddled together under blankets for warmth.

The scene was similar at Best Buy near the Oxford Valley Mall at 5 a.m., where I went looking for an MP3 player for my dad. I stood outside for a half-hour and waited inside the store for 2 1/2 hours to get the one he wanted.

A woman shops for computer equipment while her friend snoozes inside their shopping cart at Best Buy, near the Oxford Valley Mall.With ropes marking off the area for MP3 players-only and stacks of merchandise barricading the aisles of other areas inside the store, it was like being in a cattle chute on the way to the slaughter.

Got any Black Friday war stories? Share them here. Or send me your photos (JPEGs only please) at and I'll post them in an online photo gallery. To see some pictures from my way-too-early sojourn, and Calkins Media staff photographer pictures from Bucks, Burlington and Montgomery counties, click here.
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