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.