Shoppers Line Up for Boxing Day Deals
Prince George, B.C. – Dozens of Prince George residents braved sub-zero temperatures early this morning for their chance at some good deals at Best Buy.
General manager Matthew Emke says customers started lining up around 3 a.m. when staff members arrived to set-up for their 6 a.m. store opening.
“We had a lot of fun this morning. I looked around at a couple of the other retailers close by and they didn’t have a line-up like we did,” he says. “And what we did was applaud all the customers coming in.”
So, what’s the biggest selling item?
“The big item this year as it is every year are the TV’s. But everything is on sale pretty much.”
One of Best Buys’ biggest competitors in town is Andre’s Electronics where general manager Ed Jang is expecting a busy day too.
“We didn’t have a line-up this morning. One of the reasons why I think is we’re all promoting the business ahead of time. Sales have been pre-sold, probably a couple of days in advance, so that sort of softened up the sales a bit too but we’re still expecting to see huge sales today.”
He notes people don’t line-up like they used to years ago, for a couple of good reasons.
“Online has affected a lot of stores, including ourselves. But we still have a lot of online purchases with customers coming into our stores to pick up the products.”
And then there’s the advent of Black Friday in November.
“Black Friday is something the Canadian market has taken advantage of. In November, our sales have been increasingly fantastic which then softens up the sales in the first part of December but then it picks up tremendously the end of December as well too.”