Thanksgiving Day shopping

By Amy Khuu

November 28, 2013 Updated Nov 29, 2013 at 12:08 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of shoppers lined up in the cold for the hottest shopping deals on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to spend with family and friends. But with Black Friday shopping deals starting before midnight, many people had their Thanksgiving feast earlier to hit up store openings.

Phillip Bernier, who was waiting in line for Best Buy in Vestal to open, said he was hoping to cut down time spent at the malls.

"I really didn't want to come out, I was kind of torn about coming out on Thanksgiving, I wanted to be spending time with my friends and family but I decided to do it anyways hoping it won't take too long."

Bernier was waiting in line to get a 16 gigabite iPhone 5c for $49.

"It's an excellent deal, I've been waiting for this sale for a really long time," said Bernier, "So, I'm super excited about it."

Retailers have received criticism for starting Black Friday deals earlier than midnight.

But Hollister store manager Carla Richards says shopping on Thanksgiving Day is a good time to shop because most people have the day off.

She also said family time doesn't have to end at the table.

"Shopping is something people do with their families," said Richards, "I think the stores in general are pretty accommodating and will understand that they are willing to work with you (workers) if you do have family you want to travel to."

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