Door-crashers get the thrifty up early

Tyler Clarke
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Thrifty shoppers got up early on Thursday in order to partake in door-crasher sales at Prince Albert’s Future Shop.


First in line were friends Brandon Lai and Cody Craven, who killed some time driving around before resolving themselves to stand in the cold shortly before 5 a.m.

“It’s not that bad. It’s only -12 C out -- I’ve been in a lot worse,” Craven said at about 5:45 a.m.

Familiar with Boxing Day door crashers, Lai said that this wasn’t his first kick of the can when it comes to waking up before the sun to get a deal, only last time he recalls having his brother stand in line while he waited in a warm vehicle.

This was the tactic of Roger Bouche Jr. and his father Roger Bouche Sr, who represented people six and seven in Thursday’s lineup of bargain hunters.

“We sat in a vehicle until about 5 a.m.,” Jr. said. “When people started to line up we thought, yeah, let’s go.”

Although some had warm vehicles to wait in, Hulda Luna and her children Davidson and Teresa weren’t as fortunate.

Representing the third through fifth people in line, the trio appeared to be the most chilled in the lineup at about 5:45 a.m., having been there for more than an hour.

“It’s really horrible because we didn’t bring a warm care, we just jumped in a taxi and came here,” the Luna family matriarch said.

The Luna family was there to find a deal on tablets.

Lai, Crave and the Bouche father/son pair were all there for new television sets, with Lai anticipating a savings of a couple hundred dollars over their usual price.

Although the shopping atmosphere may have felt a bit more rushed on Thursday morning, it was a far cry from news footage of Black Friday sales in the United States.

People were seen lined up outside of the Prince Albert Future Shop in an orderly manner.

Prior to the store’s 6 a.m. opening, complete with door-crashers (extremely low prices on a select items, of which few are available), at least 100 people had lined up outside of the store. 

Organizations: Prince Albert Future Shop

Geographic location: United States

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