11/19/2012 10:31 am ET Updated Nov 19, 2012

Best Buy Black Friday Shoppers In Line One Week Before Thanksgiving

Shopping comes before turkey and stuffing for shoppers like Tony Avitar.

Avitar and his family have been camping out outside of the Best Buy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio since November 15, NewsChannel5 reports. This is the eighth year Avitar has spent the week before Thanksgiving outside of a store with hopes of scoring holiday shopping deals.

Complete with air mattresses, Wi-Fi and heat, the family's tent has become their second home in the days leading up to the sale.

Avitar isn’t alone. Dozens of tents have joined him outside the Best Buy in Ohio and shoppers have also started to line up early in California.

It seems these Best Buy loyalists have not been deterred by the recent wave of bad news for the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer. Best Buy has been struggling to keep up with steep competition from rivals, such as Amazon, Walmart and Target. This summer, the chain announced a 90 percent loss in net income and cut thousands of jobs.

And we're not quite sure the hot deals shoppers are anticipating will be worth the time spend in line. A recent study found that Black Friday sale prices at Walmart, Target and Best Buy increased from 2011 to 2012. At Best Buy, the average Black Friday sale item costs $35.00 this year, up from $29.99 in 2011.

Unlike many other brick-and-mortar retailers like Target and Walmart, Best Buy won't be kicking off its Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. Doors will open at midnight on Friday.



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