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November 23, 2005

Albany--More than one-hundred million shoppers are expected to hit the stores this holiday weekend. And with Black Friday just two days, many stores and shoppers are getting ready for the big day.

Circuit City looks calm now, but come Friday things are expected to get a little crazy.

"We've actually got an attack plan," says store employee, Brandon Freeman. Circuit City employees along with Freeman make last minute preparations for Friday's big shopping day.

"I'm trying to get my department set up for a lot of the new stuff that's coming out, a lot of the sales, trying to get everything in one central location," says Freeman.

Just in time for Black Friday. The day many shoppers flock to the stores in a frenzy.

"I'm ready to go out there, and have a good time doing it," says Bruce Thomas.

Thomas says he's willing to fight the crowd if it means getting a good deal.

"I'm willing to stand in line and get the things that I need to get for my children's sake, trying to get some of those cheap bargains," says Thomas.

"I've waited in line three or four hours trying to get certain things to kids," says shopper, Lisa Elliott.

Shopping on Black Friday is a tradition for Elliott.

"I just enjoy it. It's something I do every year," says Elliott.

Big holiday gift items include flat screen televisions, I-pods, notebook computers, and video games. When the X-box 360 hit the shelves here yesterday, it sold out in only five minutes.

"We're just looking for different things," says Elliott.

"We're actually planning to have people camping out here 2 A.M. in the morning," says Freeman.

Thomas says you might even find him out there that early. "I might be because I'm going to be trying to get those cheap prices too," he says.

While Circuit City employees say they're ready for the madness associated with Black Friday, they'll be glad when it's all over.

"It's going to be a day of relief," says Freeman.

As for some shoppers, braving long lines and big crowds are worth it in the end, especially, if it means walking away with a bargain.

Most stores plan to open as early as 5 A.M. this Friday.

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