'Black Friday' crowds surprisingly thin

6:54 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- Black Friday sales are expected to be up about four percent, but most of those gains, are expected to come from online sales. That means stores are going to have to try harder to get customers in the door. While the crowds have certainly started to die down, the sale signs will still be up into Saturday.

If you haven't made it out yet, and are more interested in the best price, than a specific sweater color or camera model, I'm told to wait until closer to Christmas. That's when stores will really start to discount their inventory to get rid of what they have left.

The crowds that busted down the doors on Thursday were long gone by Friday afternoon. Certainly shoppers had more options on when and where to shop this Thanksgiving season, with a growing list of retailers offering deals to lure in customers earlier.

There were fights at Kmart and campers at Best Buy. So could anyone be surprised that by Friday afternoon, the frenzy would start to fizzle?

Stores were still busy. But just look at how few people are holding bags. Hardly the image you'd expect for the busiest shopping day of the year.

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