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Bargain hunters storm Vegas outlet stores

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As the clock struck midnight, shoppers at Best Buy near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road wasted no time getting their hands on the hottest electronic ticket items. 

"It was definitely worth it," said shopper Shawn Dyo. "I got what I wanted, got the savings I needed and had a good time." 

"We got a lot," said shopper Adrian Izquierido. "We got $800 worth. We wasted a lot of money." 

The rush didn't stop there. Thousands of bargain hunters flocked to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets on Black Friday. For some shoppers, it was their second round of shopping madness in 24 hours. 

"I came to the Coach store because I have coupons," said Christina Sondoval. "I didn't take my daughter last night so it's her first Black Friday experience and she already thinks there's too many people." 

Premium Outlets Area Director Al Dos Santos said foot traffic was up 10 percent from last year. It's a sign that consumer confidence is improving. 

"The stores are really excited about the numbers," Dos Santos said. "They've been seeing high numbers since yesterday, especially the numbers at midnight and this morning. So far, it's very encouraging." 

Dos Santos said 80 percent of sales from the outlets come from out-of-towners. A couple from Mexico got items for their entire family's wish list. 

"The prices are low," said Patricia Tovias. "The discounts are amazing." 

In one day, the couple dropped $2,000 and even had to buy extra suitcases for their merchandise. They weren't the only ones happy with the deals. 

"It's an extra 50 percent off today," said Marlayne Lamb. "I bought all the kids clothes." 

Most shoppers who battled the crowds said it's worth it so they can get the most bang for their dollar. 

"I'm a single mom with three kids," said Sandoval. "I take care of my father, so you have to (shop for deals) nowadays. There's no way you can't. So far I've had some really good luck." 

"It's not (easily earned) money," said shopper Hector Salazar. "You need to look out for the better offers, the better price for our money." 

Nearly 20 stores at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets were open for 36 hours straight. Dos Santos said security was beefed up 30 percent. Las Vegas Metro police were on hand to help with traffic control.  

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