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Black Friday shopping kicks off

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CARBONDALE -- Retailers expect 164 million people to shop for big deals Black Friday weekend and the battle for big bargains is already underway in southern Illinois.

Bobby Brown camped out overnight at the Carbondale Best Buy and said he didn't even sleep. He and dozens of others were going after a 50-inch sharp smart TV for 179 bucks, a deal he said he couldn't resist.

"I was told that there'd be camping out and all kinds of stuff, but there was nobody here and I didn't know when it was gonna start so I didn't want to leave," Brown said.

Others started showing up at 8 a.m. Brown landed the deal but not everyone was lucky. Many turned around after they realized they didn't make the cut. But for Brown, he's glad to know the hours paid off.

"I didn't know when it was gonna start so I didn't want to leave, my luck I'd leave and come back and there'd be a big line and I wouldn't get what I was wanting to get to begin with," Brown said.

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