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Black Friday shoppers compete to snag deals at Chicago-area stores

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NILES, Ill. (Associated Press) -

Not everything is bad about Black Friday. There are some incredible deals out there, but you have to be willing to get up early and fight the crowds!

FOX 32's Jake Hamilton joined hundreds of shoppers Friday morning as they scoured the shops of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg to find the best deals on goods ranging from electronics to toys and clothing – and everything in between.

The mall opened at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night and will remain open until 10 p.m. Friday night.

Not all shoppers are finding crowded stores and long checkout lines, though.

A few shoppers turning up before dawn on Friday had no trouble finding parking at a Target in the Chicago suburb of Niles.

Estevan Branscum joked that everyone else must be asleep.

The 24-year-old chef and his wife, 27-year-old grocery store manager Dana Branscum, were hunting for what they called "little things" like movies. The couple said that's because they never seem to get lucky in competing with the crowds for big ticket items.

The Branscums plan to spend between $800 and $1,000 this holiday season.

For Dana Branscum Friday morning was Round 2. She also hit the shops Thursday evening, when she said the crowds were much bigger.

Black Friday shopper Vinnie Gopalakrishnan had no intention of joining the crowds of -- in his words -- "crazy" people.

Then, the 34-year-old suburban Chicago restaurant manager's cousin told him that he could get a 70-inch flat screen TV at Walmart for about $1,000. That's roughly a $600 savings. So he headed to a Walmart near his home in Niles where 25 of the TVs would be available starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

Gopalakrishnan admitted he wasn't even Christmas shopping, saying the TV -- if he managed to get one -- would be for himself.

The store was quieter than Thursday night, when workers had put up metal barricades.

But competition for big ticket items was intense. Gopalakrishnan put it this way: "There's blood in the water."

FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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