Post-Covid Black Friday shopping looks different with many stores closed Thanksgiving Day

SPRINGFIELD, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner.

“We’re going to go shopping early in the morning, probably around 3 or 4 we’re going to get up and go shopping,” said Hank Unite of South Jersey. “A tradition we’ve been keeping since she was 8 or 9 years old.”

Many retailers like Target, Kohls and Best Buy are choosing to close on Thanksgiving as they have done during the pandemic. But you may remember a few years ago in 2018 when people queued for hours on Thanksgiving Day.

Fast forward to 2022: Shoppers tell us they now prefer to shop online to avoid the crowds.

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“It is very convenient and the price is good. I get some deals and I can look around and compare sites and then get the good deal,” said Wilanwan Bowes of King of Prussia.

The National Retail Federation said businesses launched their Black Friday deals earlier this year over inflation concerns.

“I feel like I’ve already spent a lot, so I think a little more budget is needed this year,” said University City’s Stefania Ciccaelli.

“Retailers know they need to sweeten these deals for these inflation-conscious consumers,” said Kristin McGrath, senior editor at RetailMeNot. “And so we’re already seeing some of the lowest prices ever for certain items.”

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But even in a post-COVID world, some are still dedicated to visiting brick-and-mortar stores.

“Personally, because I like trying things on, you know?” said Haneen Awad of Clifton NJ. “I don’t want to go back to the mall to return it, so I just go in person to see if I like it. And if not, I won’t buy it.”

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