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Friday, November 24, 2006

They want those bargains

Ana Alves, of Cumberland, R.I, waited in line to pay for her purchases at Gap in Wrentham Outlets today.
(Globe Photo by Wiqan Ang)


Bargain hunters flocked to Globe West shopping centers today, looking for post-Thanksgiving bargains.

The line to get into Wal-Mart in Framingham grew to several hundred people before the 5 a.m. opening, with some waiting overnight for the chance to buy discounted big-screen TVs.

Some said the tradition of the day is more important to them than great deals.

“It gets you in the Christmas spirit, after the bruises,” said Linda Kinney, a 37-year-old Framingham resident.

Milford resident Edson Dasilva, 29, said he saw shoppers get into verbal fights and shoving matches over spots in line at Best Buy at Shopper's World in Framingham.

At the Natick Mall, Natick resident Ken Rossi, 62, waited with shopping bags on a bench while his wife shopped.

“I’m the what-do-you-think guy,” Rossi said. “She holds something up and says, ‘What do you think?’” Rossi said his other duty was to carry the shopping bags. Although he said he doesn’t enjoy waking before dawn to go shopping, Rossi has accompanied his wife to shopping centers on Black Friday for several years.

“He’d rather do this than listen to me complain,” his wife, Ann Rossi, explained.

Stephanie Gambino, marketing manager for the Natick Mall, said the holiday shopping season was off to a strong start.

-- Calvin Hennick

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