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|You Can't Always Get What You Want on Black Friday
|Nothing says the beginning of the holiday shopping season like long lines, empty shelves, and a rush on high ticket items. The Black Friday rush began today and at least at the Galesburg Wal-Mart the long lines were for the high ticket - low price items like flat panel televisions, video game consoles, and any other electronics seem to be the most popular items disappearing from the shelves.
Shoppers were all set with their purchases when the registers opened at 5am. As opening time at the store became closer, the intensity level picked up, and the noise of shoppers making their final preparations could be heard. Some shoppers who arrived after five am didn't get exactly what they came for. Mary Foutch of Abingdon tells WGIL the part she found to be the most frustrating for her.
"I guess finding what I needed what was the toughest thing," Foutch said. "I guess...I didn't have the patience to keep looking."
Shoppers will need plenty of patience to navigate their way through the stores. Wal-Mart's aisles were packed tightly with people with their carts and purchases. The crowds began to thin out as the morning rolled on and most of the wanted gifts were already gone. One man who was first in line to get a Nintendo Wii for his sons told us that if you really wanted to get the item, you should have been here earlier.
Most people we spoke with, said they were going to spend the same amount of money this year, than they have in years past. A sluggish economy was nowhere in sight as cash registers will continue ringing throughout the holiday weekend.
|11 28 08 by Newsroom
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