The holiday shopping season began as a marathon , not a sprint .More than a dozen major retailers from target to Toys R Us opened for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday , the traditional start to the holiday shopping period. This results in a crowd early and frequently within two days.
About 15,000 people were waiting for the flagship Macy’s in Herald Square in New York – York when it opened at 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day . Cash Long lines formed at the target in Colma, California, on black Friday morning. And in the North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Georgia , Jessica Astalos, 20 , already shopping for six hours starting Thanksgiving night , as a new wave of buyers made their way into a shopping center around 5:30 ET on Black Friday .
” You just have to be in the midst of all this ,” said Ricky Moss, which goes on sale near Portland, Oregon , at 5:30 am PST on Friday . “It’s fun . ”
Start the holiday shopping season turned into a two-day event . For nearly a decade , Black Friday was the official start of the busy buying booze sandwiched between Thanksgiving and Christmas . He was named Black Friday because it was traditionally when retailers turned a profit , or out of the red and into the black .
This year , some shoppers were greeted on the first night of Thanksgiving , while Gap Inc, which owns Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy, half opened their stores before the holiday.
Wal – Mart Stores, most of which are open 24 hours, for the past several years offered doorbusters, which were reserved for Black Friday . And Kmart planned to remain open 41 hours, starting at 6:00 am Thanksgiving.
This has led some to question how on Black Friday will creep into Thanksgiving , which, along with Christmas is one of only two days a year that most shops are closed .
“Black Friday is now Grey Friday ,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy .
Calmer in Canada
In Canada , retail trade has also increased significantly , with almost half of all Canadians are expected to shop today , according to the CBC Charlsie Agro .
In the Eaton Centre in Toronto, doors opened at 6 am ET , and the people in line to enter , said Agro .
“It’s all in an effort to benefit the American shopping phenomena ,” she said .
Owner SEC , Cadillac Fairview Corporation , tried early Black Friday openings last year in nine shopping centers in Ontario and one in Manitoba. This year , all 21 of malls opened early .
” I think that retailers, we all do things that we traditionally did not, to remain competitive and bring great deals for Canadian shoppers , ” said Meredith Vlitas, senior marketing director for the Center Ethan Toronto.
In a shopping center in the heart of Cornwall Regina, orderly , friendly line for about 200 customers waited patiently for their chance to shop for bargains , according to CBC Bonnie Allen.
Earlier openings and sales were met with some resistance south of the border . Some human rights workers as planned protests on Thanksgiving and Black Friday , because they are against the retail employees to miss family dinners . But as of Thursday afternoon , there were no reports of mass protests.
There were some reports of scattered violence Thursday and Friday :
In Chicago, authorities said police response to the challenge of alleged shoplifting at a department store on Thursday night shot the driver of the car that pulled colleagues . Injured driver of the car and dragged the officer were as a matter of hospital treatment are not life-threatening injuries of the shoulder, police said. Three people were arrested.
In Southern California , authorities said police broke his wrist as he parted fight between two men in line for Black Friday bargains at Wal – Mart.
In Las Vegas – Vegas police said the buyer is a house with a large TV screen on the purpose of Thanksgiving was shot thief .
In Utah , the police , at least two people were knocked to the ground crowd Wal – Mart buyers struggle for tablet computer for $ 49
Sales increase is unclear
Judy Espey family Thanksgiving dinner ducked out to buy flat-screen TVs in Wal – Mart near Clifton – Park, New York – New York , for $ 288. But ” I do not really dig night helpful thing , ” she admitted. ” I feel bad for the workers. ”
Winnie Gopalakrishnan pledged not to hit the stores , saw TV footage of people who are shopping for Thanksgiving . But he is a flip- flop after his cousin told him about the deal on the big screen TV .
” I said , ` I’m not going to do it. These people are crazy , ” said Gopalakrishnan , before heading to Wal – Mart on Friday .
It is unclear whether early hole lead buyers to spend more for these two days , or simply spread out sales .
Last year, sales for Thanksgiving rose 55 percent compared with the previous year to $ 810 million , as more stores open on the holiday, according to research firm ShopperTrak. But sales fell 1.8 percent to $ 11.2 billion on Black Friday , although it was still the biggest shopping day last year.
Store sales figures will not be available until Saturday. The National Retail Federation said 140 million people plan to shop for four days holiday weekend .
IBM Benchmark, which tracks e-commerce 800 retailers, said online sales rose 19.7 percent on Thanksgiving Day .
There are signs that the stores fared well , too.
Wal – Mart, the largest retailer in the world, started its sales festivities at 6 pm on Thanksgiving , two hours earlier than last year. Wal – Mart said customers bought at least 2.8 million towels, TVs 2000000 , 1400000 tablets, 300000 bike and 1.9 million dolls.
Terry Lundgren, Macy’s CEO , said that the 15,000 people who gathered for the opening of the flagship store was the most ever , compared with 11,000 last year. ” Obviously, people are in a shopping mood ,” he said .
Of course, not every retailer saw robust crowd.
In the Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa, Okla., owner Bags and bracelet complained that he had to stay open from 8:00 pm votes to 10 pm on Friday . Dry Zayed, who was with the requirements of the mall to keep his stand open, said votes was somewhat busy, but the business has ceased to 3 am on Friday morning, he said he saw only about 20 customers.
” We destroyed the holiday ,” said Zaid . “Black Friday is a good shopping day , but opening on Thanksgiving Day is ridiculous. “CBC’s Charlsie Agro reported