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Black Friday Buzz Abounds in Panama City

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With turkey and stuffing officially consumed, many turned their focus to a day of deals at stores all across our area.

On Black Friday, the long lines down the block, for some, signify the start of the holiday season.

At the Panama City Best Buy, those first in line had been there since early morning on Wednesday, waiting for the midnight opening on Thursday.

Whether they were in line for an iPad or a 50 inch flat screen, it was the deals upon deals that got these folks in the door.

At the sears in Panama City, it was the draw of a 50 inch flat screen TV that drew folks to the line.

"It's a 50 inch LED TV. Wouldn't you wait," asked one eager shopper.

It was a similar story at the 23rd Street Target, where the same TV was just a little bit more expensive, but the line was a bit shorter.

Some were just along for the ride.

"I have never done it before. Crowds are too crazy. I'd rather be at home nice and warm enjoying my family. However, my husband loves a good deal and he just can't give it up," said one shopper with baby in tow.

Those most dedicated to this unofficial holiday have said this is as much a thanksgiving tradition as the turkey itself.

Historically it's one (if not the) busiest shopping days of the year.

Most stores opened this year at midnight or even earlier.

Some in line jokingly called it "Gray Thursday" instead of "Black Friday."

Black Friday isn't for everyone and many on News 13's Facebook said they wouldn't give up their holiday for shopping.

However, if you have a sale paper, a lawn chair, and the interest, you might just get some pretty sweet deals.