Even with holiday creep, Black Friday is a big shopping day

The lure of bypassing early morning lines on Black Friday to shop online may be taking some of the steam out of the day that has traditionally launched the holiday shopping season, but shoppers still left the Thanksgiving table - or woke in the wee hours on Friday - to seize door-buster savings. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the largest bricks-and-mortar retailer in the United States, said Thanksgiving Day was "one of the of the top online shopping days of the year".

USA stores are now opening on Thanksgiving to try and boost in-store sales, while retailers have been offering online deals weeks in advance to cope with lower demand and stiff pricing competition.

The mall officially opened at 6 a.m. but the retailers were given the option of opening earlier. Haden Dicus told KSFY-TV that "I just chose to come out and see the people freak out over stuff". Store executives say they see customers doing more research online before they go shop. Stores with their own mall entrances could decide whether they would remain open or close for the holiday.

"It's the one night of the year I stay up all night", said Wiseman, a mother of nine, whose husband, Mark, watched most of the children back home in Shelbyville.

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Is Black Friday the Solution? . He also said a focus on toys for the holidays has also helped fuel traffic in stores and online. "It is already being discussed in numerous video game communities, and shoppers looking to get an Xbox One S 1TB should target this deal", Dengler said. That was $92 million above Adobe's prediction, as retailers kicked off Black Friday sales early. Shoppers and sales associates crowd the aisles on Thanksgiving Day at Best Buy, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 in Houma, La.

For retailers, the reasons behind a successful holiday season are less important than that people actually buy their products.

"Overall, we think sales are going to be up, [and] consumers are going to spend more", said Matthew Shay, NRF CEO.

Daniels, the Best Buy shopper, was optimistic about the effect Donald Trump's presidency might have on the economy.

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Floss says even though Cyber Monday and online shopping continues to grow, he believes Black Friday won't go anywhere soon.

Even so, there are still millions of people willing to courageous the cold for a deal. It hasn't been long since these sets cost well into four digits, but you can easily get a 50"+ Samsung or LG for less than $600 this Black Friday". While specific prices are not listed for individual models, Walmart has the best price for the DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone at $369.99 on Black Friday, so we imagine they will keep up the great prices for Cyber Monday.

It is still Black Friday, however, which Mullies said is an "all hands on deck" situation for the store. But it includes online spending and other non-store sales such as catalog spending.

Some shoppers said that they wanted to savour the bustling atmosphere, and this was reassuring for traders who have been facing competition from the internet. While Wal-Mart still offers Black Friday specials at its supercenters, the day marks the beginning of a streak of online promotions called "Cyber Week".

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Almost 54 percent of the visits to online stores were through mobile devices, of which 44 percent were via smartphones and 10 percent from tablets.

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