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Black Friday Notebook: Best Buy in Burbank decks the halls with laptops and video games

November 26, 2010 | 10:47 am

With a line roughly 1,000 people long at the Best Buy in Burbank, the family that took its truck to the parking lot to sell hot chocolate and coffee for $2 and instant noodles for $3 was doing brisk business.

Swathed in a purple Lakers blanket, Sun Valley resident Ricardo Rodriguez, 20, was gearing up to battle for the Hot Pursuit car chase video game after waiting in line since 10 p.m. on Thursday. His friend was planning to grab some Nook e-readers. Another friend was there to offer support.

“I’m getting ready to run,” Rodriguez said just before the store opened at 5 a.m.

Mario Calito, 32, had been waiting with two friends since 3 a.m.

“We did our homework,” said the North Hollywood-based aerospace engineer. “We scouted.”

The trio intended to snatch a Toshiba latop going on sale for $189 as well as a slew of Blu-ray movies and potentially a Wii video game console.

Since “things are cheaper than last year,” Calito said he would spend 20% more –- up to $1,000.

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