It seems that every year a few die hards make the local news by spending a week or more camped out in front of a store, usually Best Buy, so they can be the first in line for a doorbuster deal on a television or some other bit of electronics. Is it really worth it?
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Kurt Johnson certainly thought so, spending two days camping out in front Best Buy last year, drawn by the prospect of a 55″ Samsung LED TV for $800.
“I think if I had waited without a plan and just for the TV then it would not have been worth it,” Johnson, owner of fitness company Swoll For Life, said. “But I had friends come by and had a little tailgate setup going so it ended up being kind of a fun urban camping experience on its own that happened to come with a great TV at the end.”
When presented with the idea of doing it again, however, Johnson was more ambivalent. “[I'm] probably not camping this year, but that’s because I’m going to visit family out of town. I might consider it in the future if I have some friends willing to hang out and make it fun again. I wouldn’t camp out by myself just for a good deal.”