Like most shoppers, Janet Stephens is well aware of the Black Friday stampede that broke out last year in Valley Stream. A frenzy to get to those doorbuster sales claimed the life of part-time security guard Jamitri Damour.
"I'm not risking my life for a 32-inch TV," Stephens said.
Indeed, many shoppers decide to forgo savings for a peaceful quiet experience.
"I heard the savings aren't much different," she said. "So I'm going to buy online. This way I can spend time with my family."
There was a police presence in the parking lot Thursday and security guards manning the door.
Wal-Mart has implemented a host of safety measures. They're open round-the-clock this year and have staff dedicated to crowd control. But some feel they should get rid of the doorbuster sales altogether.
The big crowds will arrive Friday morning, and that will be the real test. The barricades are already up for the media. And Wal-Mart insist they're ready.
WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King