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Black Friday doesn't draw the crowd
GUILDERLAND -- The day after Thanksgiving is a day for food comas, and shopping. But this year, it looks like the deals overshadowed the turkey. Most shoppers skipped right past the feast and went straight for the deals, with stores opening up on Thanksgiving day.
"It kind of ruins it because we're old school we've been doing this for 15 years and it used to be fun to go out in the morning and get all the deals, but now everyone kind of ruins it at 8pm, 9pm it's not even like Thanksgiving anymore. Black Friday is just starting on Thanksgiving," said Holly Schramek of Cohoes.
K-Mart opened their doors to shopping at 6 Thanksgiving morning. They've pushed the envelope for the past few years, but this year other retailers followed suit. Both Walmart and Best Buy opened at 6 Thursday evening, and other stores in Crossgates were open to shoppers just hours later.
Good news for bargain hunters looking to avoid the long lines.
"I was told that people push you and try to push your through that wasn't my experience at all. Very calm we came a little later so we missed the big crowd so it was nice. this is her first time too so it was a great experience for us," said Tina Crawford of East Greenbush.
"I expected it to be much worse, but it's 4am and it's a smaller crowd which is nice. so we're able to get in, get the purchase and go home right now. it was nice," said Reggie Sanders od Guilderland.
Last year Black Friday sales totaled $11 billion, making it the biggest shopping day of the year.