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Black Friday Deals Excite Holiday Shoppers
   2016-11-26 04:24:40    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ma Ruohan

Guests take advantage of Target's Black Friday electronics sales on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. [Photo: Imagine China]

Stores across the US opened their doors Friday for what is still one of the busiest shopping days of the year, with hundreds of shoppers flooded into, and in some cases lining up in front of malls to get the best Black Friday deals as the start of the holiday shopping season edging closer year over year.

Tukash Mukhopadhaya is one of the Black Friday Shopper:

"All my friends were standing near the 'Best Buy'. They bought TVs, Toshiba TVs, 4K. And I bought a coffee maker. A coffee maker for just $7.99 from Macy's. And there was a lot of equipment at just $7.99. Now I am going to head into the Best Buy store and I am just going to grab some speakers if they still remain, you know? So many people have already visited, I'm not sure if they're going to still be there or not."

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is used to launch the holiday shopping season, but the competition to grab customers first is keen.

Stores like Macy's, Walmart, Target and more, were open Thursday evening in what they hope will be a new holiday tradition.

Terry Lundgren, Macy's CEO said store traffic has been encouraging:

"We had 16,000 people at 5 p.m. last night. We opened the doors, I was here watching the traffic go in, I stood at the front door for 25 minutes and the traffic never eased. So it was very encouraging, and here we are mid-morning on Friday, still lots of traffic."

Around 137 million people, both through online shopping platforms and retail stores, are expected to take advantage of the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. That includes online and in-store shopping.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, vies with the Saturday before Christmas, in being considered to be the busiest shopping day of the year.

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