Christmas shopping continues


Christmas Day may be over, but that doesn't mean an end to holiday shopping. Retailers will continue to seek out bargain-hunting shoppers with extreme discounts, sales and freebies.

The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail group, forecasted a 3.9-percent increase in holiday sales online and in store from the 2012 season. It may seem like a small percentage increase, but it equates to roughly $602.1 billion.

Nick Kaczynski is one of the many shoppers hitting the pavement the day-after Christmas. Kaczynski said he was at Kohl's on Grape Rd. to exchange an ill-fitting Christmas present and to look for marked down items.

Kohl's, like many major retailers advertised extreme discounts of up to seventy percent off for an after-Christmas clearance. The chain is also offering an additional 15-percent off nearly everything in the store for shoppers who spend under $100, and 20-percent off for those spending more than $100.

Best Buy sales lead, Devin McCuen, said foot traffic into the store Thursday was high.

"We had a lot of people coming in and I expect we'll see more people coming in," McCuen added it's a common post-holiday problem: people receive a gift and they want something else, or they need to buy accessories or games to use along with it.

One popular present for the person who has everything, or that has particular taste, is a gift card.

Shoppers across stores and locations were cashing in on their cards the day after receiving them. With sales and clearances gift-card holders are getting more bang for their buck in the post-holiday shopping frenzy.

The National Retail Federation said Americans will spend just under $30 billion on gift-cards in the 2013 holiday season.


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