The next time to grab the best deals of the year is on November 27th for Cyber Monday. This time, she got a choice parking space near the store's front door, and was third in line.
"I'm kind of wide open right now, cause I'm hungry with nothing to eat, I'm thirsty, you know I had to go all across the street to go to the bathroom". One wanted a Barbie set that was a doorbuster deal at half off the normal $49.99 price, and the other wanted Shopkins marked down 30 percent. The line grew throughout the morning, eventually forming down the side of the sidewalk. The period between the US Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas can make or a break a retailer, accounting for as much as 40 per cent of total revenue for the year. "I thought about waking up earlier, but I'm like, what's the point?"
Many stores had Black Friday sales all week and on Thanksgiving. It became apparent that when they returned to work or school on Monday, where they had computers with faster internet connections, they shopped online. In recent years, retailers have started sales even earlier than Black Friday to avoid the one-day craze that has resulted in mayhem south of the border. Amazon's deals on its gadgets were similar to its Black Friday ones, such as 40 percent off its voice-activated Echo Dot. Shoppers started queuing up as early as 5:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
"We used to wait in line all night long in the cold for that store to open at 5am". "Everybody's shopping online now".
The entire Black Friday weekend could ring up close to $20 billion in sales across all channels, Adobe projected. On her agenda: Best Buy, then Target, then Michaels.
Still, for some, that won't be enough to get them out of the house.
Though the temptation to load up on purchases may be strong, Manulife Bank of Canada issued a statement this week warning people about racking up debt in the holiday season.
Check return policies. To get ahead of the crowd, begin at the back of the store and work your way forward.
Things were busier Thanksgiving Day at Spotsylvania Towne Centre, which was featuring "Rock the Mall" giveaways and activities. Shelley Darmetko, Oakland Mall's senior marketing Manager, said.
Many are rushing out to their favorite stores to score Black Friday deals.
"I think the people that come out to shop on Black Friday, they want the experience".