Holiday shopping season kicks off

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Just days into the holiday shopping season, some gift givers say they have got just about everyone on their list crossed off.

This comes as local retailers wait for Black Friday numbers to see if their numbers will go into the black for the year.

The wish lists have been written, and the time has come to shop. The purse strings may not have to stretch so far this year, since the halls are decked at University Park Mall not just with wreaths and lights but with sale signs.

“A lot of things are on sale this year, a lot more things. It’s a better sale than it was last year,” said Ashley Taylor.

Barb Grahm, who was out searching for a Wii, said, “I think they're just trying to do whatever they can to get people to shop so their sales aren’t down.”

But sometimes, better sales can lead to bitter battles.

“Two ladies were in the dish department having a confrontation, and there were dishes flying. It was a little crazy. I just wanted to get my five items and get out of there,” said Amy Carter, who narrowly missed getting hit by a dish.

And these shoppers say getting out of here is just what they plan to do after they pick up a few last items on their lists.

“Almost done all the way. I started a couple of weeks ago and just wanted to get here before the mall got crazy,” explained Taylor.

On Monday an estimated 60 million Americans will be ready to go on-line to find that perfect gift that they could not find in the stores.

“I can go on-line, get exactly what I want when I want it and it comes to my house wrapped. That’s the perfect Christmas gift right there,” said Carter.

Despite hefty crowds at malls nationwide this weekend, it could still be a blue Christmas for retailers. Sales numbers come in later this week.

The Purdue University Retail Institute says as much as 50 billion dollars in holiday spending will be done online this year, which is a big jump from the 34 billion in e-sales last year.

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