BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Bargain hunters spent the night waiting in lines for hours to steal a deal.
The Black Friday deals started earlier than ever this year. Many stores opened their doors on Thanksgiving evening, but that didn't stop shoppers from heading out.
Niagara Falls resident Michael Copper said, "The earlier, it's nice now because I don't have to wake up, I'm already up, so I just wait now."
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Some people in line say it's not all about getting your hands on a deal. Niagara Falls resident Samantha Reinard said, "It's the whole atmosphere, seeing everybody go crazy just to save a couple bucks, that's what's fun, so even if I don't buy anything I just want to watch everybody."
The Niagara Falls outlets hosted a tailgating party before the mall opened, but even with that some shoppers say it wasn't too crazy.
Ontario resident Christa Haughey said, "Actually, I think it's pretty tame, I was expecting it to be a lot worse and a lot more busy."
The lines were filled with first-time Black Friday shoppers and seasoned veterans alike.
Ontario resident Leslie Allen said, "Everybody talks about all the deals that you have, so I thought why not come down and see what it's all about."
Michelle Belleau-"Black Friday's my favorite day of the year, it's better than Christmas, and New Years and my birthday, it's better than anything," said Ontario resident Michelle Belloeau.
Most stores run sales throughout the afternoon Friday.
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