Bitter cold temperatures greet Black Friday shoppers

Bitter cold temperatures greet Black Friday shoppers

Retailers are offering much of their Black Friday deals online, but shoppers still showed up at malls and stores around the country looking for discounts - and also to take in the scene.

The 96-acre mall was instantly filled up when it opened up its doors at 5 a.m.

"Toys "R" Us had better quality for toys", said Ashley Drew, 29, shopping for her 5-year-old daughter at a Los Angeles-area Walmart, next door to the empty shell of a Toys "R" Us store.

It is expected to be the biggest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak, a technology company.

Trae Bodge, a smart shopping expert with Slickdeals, says that's where your attention should be from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Adobe Analytics, which tracks online retail spending, reported Thursday that Thanksgiving should reach a record $3.7 billion in online retail sales, up 29 percent from the same year ago period.

"We boycotted Thursday shopping; that's the day for family".

The National Retail Federation predicts holiday retail sales to rise between 4.3 and 4.8 percent in November and December over the same period past year, for a total of between $717.45 billion and $720.89 billion.

Do you think Black Friday is a bigger deal than Boxing Day? Once in the store, everything is 50 percent off. Shoppers get 70 percent off at Kate Spade and Michael Kors.

But while the checkout line was long, it was manageable.

A few of the shoppers making their way up and down the mall said they were out hunting for specific deals that they'd looked up in advance, but most described the evening simply as a way to stretch their legs and see what they could find.

Market Mall in the northwest is one of the busiest malls in the city and it also opened its doors early on Friday.

"I have three boys and a husband that love Legos, so we're here", one shopper said.

By mid-day Friday, there had not been widespread reports of the deal-inspired chaos that has become central to Black Friday lore - fist fights over discounted televisions or stampedes toward coveted sale items.

Department store chain John Lewis said the most searched-for products so far on Friday were Apple Airpods and the Applewatch Series 3.

Rivas, though, was one of many who ended up finding something while out and about.

"It's really not that insane this morning", said Clif Norwine, as he looked out over the Galleria Dallas mall from an upstairs balcony.

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