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Want to be No. 1 in a Thanksgiving doorbusters line? Here’s how it’s done

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Marilyn Kalfus

Black Friday began for Boris Larios at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

That’s when Larios and a couple of his cousins became first in line at the Best Buy store at Metro Pointe in Costa Mesa.

Being No. 1 had a price: They were looking at a 28-hour wait. The store wouldn’t open until 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

This was Larios’ sixth year lining up for doorbuster deals. And the first time he nailed the No. 1 spot.

So, in other words, no sweat.

“It’s like you’re camping,” Larios said, as cars wooshed relentlessly nearby along the 405. His group had snacks, phones, tablets, a deck of Uno cards and tents to break out later. And they could rotate shifts to grab a nap or a shower.

The wait paid off. Larios, 28, scored a 50-inch Sharp 4K TV, four 4K ultra Blue Ray movies – “Spiderman,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” – plus a Samsung Chrome book and a pair of Beat headphones.

The Santa Ana resident figures he saved more than $500.

Through the years, Larios has seen his share of doorbuster queue shenanigans, like when people have offered to pay someone standing in line to let them cut in. Those waiting behind them aren’t going to put up with that. After all, there are only so many deals.

“If you’re in the first 30 to 40 people, you should be fine,” said Ivan Gutierrez, 26, who was third in the Best Buy line on Wednesday night.

Also a veteran of the doorbuster queues – this was perhaps his seventh year, he said – Gutierrez, 26, sat in a chair with a built-in canopy. When the store opened, he planned to make a dash for a 4K TV, a Surface laptop and a DJI drone.

Gutierrez did the math Friday morning. He […]    

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