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Long Lines Of Shoppers Are A Clue Black Friday Is Here


It's the day after Thanksgiving, which means that shoppers are already lining up outside stores across the country for Black Friday sales. As a matter of fact, some people have been waiting for stores to open since Tuesday evening.


But if waiting in line's not your thing, you have some alternatives. You can shop online, of course.

INSKEEP: Or you can hire a company like Washington, D.C.'s, Skip The Line to pay someone to hold your spot in line. There are similar companies in New York and Nebraska.

MARTIN: So here's a question. Does this bug the actual shoppers standing in line? Are they annoyed at these placeholders? Here's founder of Skip The Line, Jennifer Goff.

JENNIFER GOFF: We always tell the people behind us, hey, you know, there's going to be some people joining us here.

INSKEEP: OK. So suppose you were to reach out to a service like this. How much will it cost?

GOFF: The average price is about 30 an hour.

MARTIN: Hey, sometimes you've got to spend money to save money.

INSKEEP: But wait a minute - if you're going to, like, stand in line from Tuesday to Friday at $30 an hour, that better be some amazing deal. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.