Earlier openings, online shopping thin out Black Friday shoppers

November 24, 2017 07:06 PM

Remember what Black Friday used to be like? A decade ago, it would be nearly impossible to park -- and inside the mall people would be walking elbow to elbow. That's all changed now.

The Retail Council says the biggest shopping days of the year now are closer to Christmas, when people wait until the last minute to get their gifts – that's usually around December 21 and December 22.

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The council says retailers were really concerned about the safety of shoppers. In past years, you had people trampling over each other to get those doorbuster deals. That's why now the doorbuster deals are much earlier than Black Friday. Stores even open on Thanksgiving evening now.

Then, you throw in the ease of online shopping and that's why Black Friday is no longer the biggest shopping day of the year.

"Last time I went shopping was probably about five, six years ago. It's probably the most packed it's ever been in the last couple of years," noted Kevin Foldi.

"Cyber Monday and Black Friday starts. You can do it online. So this is my first time with the crowds," explained Tracy Kittell.

While it does appear the crowds were a bit bigger this year, it's still nothing compared to what it once was.


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