Black Friday shopping was a breeze Friday morning in the Big Apple — while consumer chaos broke out at other stores across the country.
Hilary Kent and Shane Wilson, who flew all the way from Herefordshire, England, were jet-lagged, couldn’t sleep and left their hotel at 4:30 a.m. to shop at the Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.
They were greeted by a calm, pleasant scene.
“When we walked in…it was absolutely empty,” Kent said. “There was no queue. I’m so happy we didn’t come last night. Our longest line was at Starbucks [to use the toilet].”
“We spent around $700 and saved at least $200 to $300,” she said, adding that the pair purchased Ralph Lauren kids’ items, perfume and boots. “Things are cheaper here than in London.”
Yousuf Al-Haroon, 56, an MTA station agent who works in the area, got off work at 5 a.m. and headed straight to Macy’s as he had done in the past years. He bought a stainless steel pot set — for which he saved $169, an air fryer that was about $220 cheaper than normal, and two pillows for free.
“This is my best savings of all the shopping I have done on Black Fridays and I’ve been doing it for years,” Al-Haroon said. “It is worth every penny. I save a lot. These were really good bargains. I’m happy, I can’t complain.”
By around 7:30 a.m., there were about 30 people in line in front of the Best Buy on 23rd Street in Manhattan.
Kaito Tamura, 22, a student at the University at Buffalo, was the first in line, getting there around 5 a.m. He was looking to buy a Sharp 55 inch 4K Ultra HD TV HDR for $249, a Lenovo laptop and “some other stuff,” he said.
When asked if it was worth it for him to stand in the freezing cold, he said, “yes.”
Robert Howell, 55, of Manhattan, had been waiting on a line since around 5:30.
“Yeah, it’s worth it,” he agreed. “Saving about a hundred bucks.”
Additional reporting by Cedar Attanasio
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