A record 89 million shoppers flocked to stores on Black Friday
this year to take advantage of deals, according to the National
Retail Federation. So to say that the stores were crowded the day
(and entire weekend) after Thanksgiving would probably be an
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"Black Friday is not for the faint of heart," says Bill Martin,
founder of ShopperTrak, which analyzes retail foot traffic.
"Shoppers must brave the crowds to take advantage of good
However, he says that consumers will be rewarded if they venture
out this week or in early December because retailers will continue
to offer discounts but the crowds will have dwindled dramatically.
In fact, shopping on the days with the lightest retail traffic
offers consumers the chance to get the best customer service and
possibly the best deals, Martin says.
If you're looking for a crowd-free shopping experience, here are
the ten days that are expected to have the least amount of foot
traffic in stores this holiday season, according to
1. November 27, Tuesday
2. November 26, Monday
3. November 28, Wednesday
4. December 4, Tuesday
5. November 29, Thursday
6. December 3, Monday
7. December 5, Wednesday
8. December 6, Thursday
9. December 10, Monday
10. December 11, Tuesday
The stores won't be busy on these days because they are all
weekdays and most shoppers will be taking a break following the
big-spending Black Friday weekend. By December 12, though, the
crowds will return as last-minute holiday shoppers head to the
stores to buy gifts.
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