Is Black Friday a little less frenetic this year?
Black Friday, with its long lines, traditional pushing and shoving, and discount deals, is off and running, but seems a little less frenetic this year as many shoppers got a jump on bargain-hunting at retailers that opened Thanksgiving evening.
More than a dozen major stores from Target to Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving Day and were staying open through Black Friday.
Macy’s opened on Thanksgiving for the first time this year. Others like Gap Inc., which owns Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy, opened some stores even earlier on Thanksgiving than last year. Many also pushed up into early November the discounting that used to be reserved for Black Friday.
Instead of a line of pent-up shoppers busting through the door at 6 a.m., a Kmart store in midtown Manhattan in New York City was already packed with people who were shopping for clothing and holiday decor items since Thanksgiving night.
In Alpharetta, Ga., at North Point Mall’s food court, Jessica Astalos, 20, had been shopping for six hours when another wave of bargain-hunters descended on the mall around 5:30 a.m. Friday.
"I like being around crowds of people all doing the same thing," said Dalton Mason, 22, of Stockbridge, Ga., happily looking at discount deals.
Overall, the National Retail Federation expects retail sales to be up 3.9% to $602 billion during the last two months of the year. That’s higher than last year’s 3.5% growth, but below the 6% pace seen before the recession.
Still, there is plenty of jostling going on among the first wave of an estimated 147 million people who will shop during the four-day holiday weekend.
(出典： USA Today)