Millions of people will be feasting on some incredible deals on Thursday before and after their Thanksgiving feast.
According to the National Retail Federation, about 20 percent of the more than 137 million people predicted to shop in stores and online will do so on Thanksgiving.
What does that mean for consumers? Experts say shoppers should have a game plan before venturing out and do some research on where the best deals are. They say for people who have never shopped on Black Friday, be prepared for massive crowds, which can become dangerous.
“Prepare for a new experience,” explains Quinnipiac’s Dr. David Cadden. “Since 2006 there’s been about seven people killed at the sales, 44 incidents of customers pepper spraying each other in order to grab the item they want.”
For those who want to avoid the rush, Cadden says it will be another big year for online sales and retailers like Amazon, which will be pushing free shipping with Amazon Prime.
“There was about a billion dollars less sales at the bricks and mortars, more people are shopping online, and the real big winner was shopping on your smartphones.”
For a full list of stores open on Thanksgiving, click here.
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