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      Shoppers take advantage of early Black Friday hours

      As stores start opening earlier and earlier each year, Black Friday just isn't what it used to be.

      Years ago, people would line up for a store's opening around 4:00 a.m. Now, places such as Capital Mall seem deserted at that time of day.

      Some associates at JCPenney started their shifts while most people were still celebrating Thanksgiving. The store opened at 8 p.m. and saw a rush of customers.

      "It was very busy from 8:00 'til about midnight when the rest of the Capital Mall opened," said JCPenney associate Margaret Graham. "We had sort of a lull for a little while, a nice breather to get the store back together. And now we're getting ready for round two."

      Some customers formed a short line outside of Jo-Ann Fabrics for the store's 6:00 a.m. opening.

      "I started at 6:00," said shopper Thomas Wagner. "I went home around midnight and started back up at 3:00."

      So, if you're looking to avoid the chaotic crowds, those early hours seem like your best bet to save a buck.