US Consumers Prefer Stores to Online Shopping for the Holidays

When it comes to holiday shopping the Connecticut Better Business Bureau said consumers need to comparison shop — and not get swept up in the deluge of Black Friday “sales” — to make sure they aren’t getting a raw deal

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Last year, Argos went an interesting route when it came to Black Friday itself, offering 57 percent discounts on all deals purchased between midnight and 4:30 am on the day itself, rewarding early birds and night owls alike. But make sure your time and money are well spent. Any good battle plan requires reconnaissance - and we're here to help with some helpful hints and predictions.

According to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, 69 percent of Americans - an estimated 164 million people - are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend. A participant in the Amazon Associates affiliate program, links provided by Black Friday Dealer to enable them to earn income. Foot traffic is expected to drop for the second straight year on Thanksgiving as people switch to online shopping, wait until Black Friday to shop in-store - or maybe even enjoy traditional Thanksgiving dinners with their families. For a third year in a row, it will be closing its 151 stores on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

"We have been busy preparing for the Black Friday period for many months now, ensuring our digital channels, stores and distribution centres are all geared up in anticipation for high levels of demand for what we expect to be fantastic deals across must-have products".

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The new deals include discounts on tablets, HD TV/DVD combos, Dyson vacuum cleaners, Amazon Dot devices, Xbox One S consoles and many more besides. Another 23 percent said it is when they start their holiday shopping.

"Sites like call out online and in-store event timing for every single store", Shelton told TODAY. Before heading out to the mall or going online, it is helpful to make a list of what you need to buy and what you'd like to buy.

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When asked what they enjoy the most about shopping during the holidays, 35 percent said it is a family tradition while 23 percent said they most enjoy holiday decorations and displays; 18 percent cited finding the ideal gift for someone.

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