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© Spending Thanksgiving in a tent has become the norm for some early bird shoppers in the Bay area. © Spending Thanksgiving in a tent has become the norm for some early bird shoppers in the Bay area.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Outside of a Best Buy location in Tampa a campsite has formed. 

Eager holiday shoppers have already begun lining up, nearly a week in advance of Black Friday.

The number of ‘early bird' consumers has prompted a very important question.

"Everyone at home is wondering are you crazy?" says Michael Urso. "Probably…To be out here a week before, yeah."

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The Bay area resident has been camping out at Best Buy in anticipation of Black Friday most of the past decade. Urso and family take turns going to work and camping out in the tent.

What do they do to pass the time? Playing video games and surfing the web on their laptops, items purchased from Black Fridays gone by.

"It [waiting in line] is a blast," Urso explained. "Later, when traffic gets a little lighter, we block roads off and play flag football, frisbee, whiffle ball."

It's become his unique family tradition for the Ursos. 

A Thanksgiving spent living in extra close quarters with family and new friends - fellow early bird shoppers with similar interests.

On Thursday, it's turkey and all the traditional side dishes and comforts of home in a tent in a Best Buy parking lot.

"Our family, when they get done eating they'll come over and bring our turkey and stuff," Urso added. "We'll set a table up and we'll all sit down and eat."

Of course, none of this waiting would be worth it without the deals.  Urso claims he saves close to a $1,000 by wheeling and dealing on Black Friday.

This year Urso has his sights set on a TV, a Tablet and other electronic gizmos. Employees of Best Buy say the shoppers' enthusiasm is infectious and they're expecting another busy rush.

"It is always very high energy I love it," says Best Buy sales consultant Kevin Nomany. "It gives a great atmosphere. The TVs are always the most popular we've got some really great tablets coming out, computers are always a big hit too."

Shoppers, start your engines.

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