Black Friday's long lines? Largely gone, thanks to Cyber Monday and other trends

Posted at 5:32 AM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 01:41:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - One way to work off that Thanksgiving meal is by Black Friday shopping.

But Black Friday shopping isn't what it used to be.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams was live at Best Buy, where she was asked whether there was a crowd waiting to get inside.

A look around the parking lot revealed no crowd. Inside the store, the workers were cleaning up and getting ready to welcome in a new wave of shoppers.

With growing trends like Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday and extended Black Friday hours, those long lines that you're used to seeing Friday morning are gone.

Best Buy opened up for the first round of Black Friday deals at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

The doors locked at 1 a.m., but there's a whole new list of savings that'll bring people back in by 8 this morning.

It's one way the stores work to handle the crowds.

Mark Miller is the Best Buy Manager. "We've done this for so many years," he said. "We've got it down to a fine tuned machine. The longest our lines get it's a 20-minute line wait from the back to the front. We're really prepared. We really do well during this timeframe. Don't get scared. It's a fast process. We get you in and out. We have lots of products."

Best Buy and many other places will continue to have deals until Christmas.