Blurring the lines of 'Black Friday'

11:57 AM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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Steven Hernandez first in line at Kennesaw Best Buy for a Black Friday TV bargain

ATLANTA -- The lines between Thanksgiving and 'Black Friday' are beginning to blur.

Not only were people camped outside Best Buy stores on Thanksgiving Day, waiting for the midnight open, some people were actually shopping.

"I got a gun for duck hunting," said one man, as he was leaving Bass Pro Shop in Lawrenceville.

What happened? Is the recession to blame or is the desire from eager shoppers, to get the best deals, driving the future?

According to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation, the number of people shopping this Thanksgiving holiday weekend is expected to be down about 5 million this year but retail profits are expected to increase about 4 percent. 

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However, of those planning to face the hoards this holiday weekend, more than half surveyed aren't sure they will spend.

The recent NRF survey shows more than half are waiting to see what kind of deals can be had, before they lay any money down.

One thing is certain. Retailers rely on this weekend to bring in about a quarter of their yearly profits.  So they are encouraging you to get out and spend, spend, spend!


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