“It was so crowded mothers were practically tossing babies to get a place in line first,” said Bridget Cadena of Marine City.
Many believe that Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. According to snopes.com, while it is the biggest day in regards to the amount of shoppers that traffic the stores, Black Friday is not the most profitable day of the year for businesses.
Statistics published by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), for years 1993 through 2002, show that Black Friday never reached higher than the fourth busiest shopping day.
“I plan on going, it’s the best time to get electronics, pajamas, and movies,” said Alyssa Vanboekel, of Casco.
Most businesses open earlier and boast extreme discounts on this day to draw in shoppers.
Sears is offering a free tool bag with a $20 purchase as a doorbuster deal and snow blowers for $499.99.
Best Buy will have a Dynex 24” HDTV for $79.99.
The Guitar Center is offering Epiphone Les Paul Guitar for $99.99 and $29 Kohala Ukuleles.
Wal-Mart is offering Canon Rebel T3 DSLR cameras for $479 and 8GB iPod Touch’s for $195.
Online businesses are offering discounts as well, so you can get the Black Friday deals without having to wait in line or risk getting trampled.
Amazon.com is having a buy one get one 50% off in their video games, an unannounced sale that will only show up when you go to checkout.
Newegg.com is having a 3-day-only Black Friday sale. They have Garmin’s for $89.99 and Polk Audio Floorstanding Loudspeakers for $149.99, originally $399.99.
Alonna Mertz, of St. Clair, plans on going to Great Lakes Crossing for Black Friday.
“Might as well walk a few miles while I shop,” said Mertz.
Danielle Lee, of Clyde Township said, “I never go out on Black Friday. I always work.”
To see a more complete listing of Black Friday deals, you can go online to www.blackfriday.info .