Black Friday shoppers trade turkeys for transactions

Shoppers wait in line at Kohl’s to enter the store Thanksgiving Day to be the first to get early Black Friday deals

Gone for the most part are the overnight campouts where consumers gathered to wait in line - sometimes for up to 24 hours - to get an extraordinary deal on a 54-inch flat screen TV or the latest and greatest video gaming system.

People shop at the Herald Square Macy's Flag ship store for the early Black Friday sales on November 22, 2018 in New York City.

The biggest line by 5 p.m.in the Tampa area may have been the one at the Citrus Park Best Buy.

When it comes to holiday shopping, "I'd rather do online", Bias said.

And, boy, will that line be longer than one of people trying to snap up Hamilton tickets. "It's all about the coupons".

"I'm all about quick and convenient", says Carolyn Sarpy, who paid for a toy basketball hoop on a mobile device issued to a worker at a Walmart store in Houston.

Celina resident Joan Ward and her daughter LeAnne made the trip to Lima Thursday for a shopping adventure. Since 1995, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and paid 44 percent of the total USA private payroll.

"We're here to get the coupons and some sweaters for our dogs", Courtney said.

Macy's is offering free in-store only door-busters. While Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, Black Friday is not.




"There must be something I want and need so badly", she said.

They hoped to complete their shopping trip quickly. Most supermarkets are open on Thanksgiving too, though they may have limited holiday hours.

While JCPenney was the first major retail store in Lima to open on Thursday, others soon followed suit.

We have rounded up the retailers that are open on Thanksgiving this year, but please take note that the Thanksgiving store hours listed below apply to most (but not all) retail locations.

Black Friday is nonetheless expected to be the biggest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak, a technology company.

Black Friday at giant United States retailer Walmart looks just as wild as ever, despite its attempts at calming the chaos.

Apple is teasing a four-day event from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, but just remember the best Apple deals this time of year are usually from stores like Best Buy not Apple. Kohl's, Best Buy and Target were a few of the stores open on Thursday, while most of the mall traffic won't pick up until Friday.

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