Crestview residents observe a quiet Black Friday after Thursday sales

Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 08:59 AM.

“It kind of fizzled out,” Danny said. “All the good stuff went last night. But there was a line down the aisle for the TVs. They went fast.”

Samir Serbia-Marte and his friend Gregg Stubberfield hopefully inquired at the electronics counter about iPads, but weren’t surprised to learn they had sold out during the 10 p.m. sale. The friends accepted sales circulars from an electronics department clerk and paused to peruse it. Stubberfield had already made his selection, however.

“I came here specifically for headphones and nothing else,” he said, indicating the headphones in his shopping basket.

Crestview resident Maria Lopez shopped for a few things before heading to work Friday morning, but said she had already done most of her Christmas shopping. She said she leafed through the circulars in her newspaper, but nothing excited her.

“I guess I would’ve liked one of the TVs but I’m not going to leave spending time with my family on Thanksgiving to wait in a line for hours,” Lopez said. “That’s just crazy.”

Friday morning, David Labrake, one of the Crestview Walmart’s assistant managers, said while turnout was good for the evening sales, “We have a lot of merchandise left. It was more of an 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. focus, weaker on the 5 a.m. today.”

Labrake wasn’t sure if the slower sales Black Friday morning meant the shopping public was spending less this year, or just not starting its traditional Christmas shopping season as early.

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