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David Maines' Black Friday deal turns into a bust

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(WJLA) - It was one of those unbelievable Black Friday deals that had people lining up - a 50-inch television for just $228. But when one Maryland man got it home, he found his door-buster was busted.

David Maines left Thanksgiving dinner early and braved sub-freezing temperatures to wait in line for hours outside a St. Mary's County Target last week to make sure he was one of the 28 people guaranteed to get a killer door-buster. 

"It was pretty cold," he says. "I remember my toes were frozen when we got into the store."

When he got home, Maines gave the thumbs up for a successful shopping trip - but then he opened the box to discover his new television was broken. 

Maines tried to exchange the television, but the item was sold out. Target offered a refund and a small discount off another television, but nothing of similar size was available. 

Frustrated, he called 7 On Your Side. 

While ABC7 waited to hear from Target, the television's manufacturer, Element Electronics, responded immediately with good news. Not only will Maines get a replacement TV, but he'll also receive an upgraded model. 

Target tells ABC7 it prefers to deal with customers directly, but thanks to Element Electronics, Maines should have his new TV this month, hopefully before Christmas.

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