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Is Black Friday Losing Steam?

Some say shift to Thanksgiving day sales could mean end to black friday frenzies.
ALTOONA - Although there was not a parking spot to be had at the Logan Valley Mall, many shoppers said they noticed a lull on what is usually a boisterous Black Friday.

"It's been calm and quiet," said Margie Conrad, who was shopping at K-Mart at 5 a.m., "Probably the stores opening on Thanksgiving made the difference."

Many large retail stores did open on Thanksgiving, prompting some malls to follow suit, and even some food court venders as well.

"There's always crowds fighting for deals [on Black Friday] but not this year," said Aimee Erwin, who has gone shopping on Black Friday for 13 years in a row. "We're used to the crowds and used to meeting new people but it seems everyone was out yesterday."

Due to Thanksgiving falling on such a late date, there are far fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so many retailers actually started holiday deals before Thanksgiving.

According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 15% of shoppers will complete their holiday shopping throughout this weekend. 
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