Black Friday crowds shrinking; many blame Cyber Monday

November 24, 2017 01:02 PM

It's Black Friday and many people will be out searching for deals all day, but will the lines be as long?
Some people participate in Black Friday for a good sale, others come just to have fun but either way everyone we spoke to agrees the crowds on this retail holiday are shrinking.

Mother-daughter in law duo Shannon Farraro and Rina Verbridge shop 'til they drop on their 28-hour spree on Black Friday.

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"Everyone goes online but we still have our traditions and we go online too," Farraro said.

Throughout the years Fararro and Verbridge have noticed fewer people piling into the mall.

"I think a lot of online shopping has made it easier to shop in stores," Verbridge said. "We even went in Walmart and we weren't all over people."

Despite the rise in online shopping some still prefer to shop in stores. Evelyn Wilcox is among them.

"I like looking at stuff in person and seeing how it looks and fits on," Wilcox said. 
Wilcox and her family believe the early bird catches the worm in their yearly tradition. They start shopping at 4:30 a.m.

"In the morning when you first get here it's not that bad but the later it gets the busier it gets," Wilcox said.

The Bounds family also considers Black Friday a tradition. In fact, while Stasi Bounds was 9 months pregnant they hit the stores last year, now their baby is doing the same.

"We went Black Friday shopping and then we went right to the hospital and had her so we're going to do a yearly thing with her now," Bounds said.

Even though they have a unique story about their Black Friday baby, they still prefer shopping online to shopping in stores.

They aren't alone. Adobe Analytics estimates Americans will spend $6.6 Billion dollars online for Cyber Monday, compared to $5 billion on Black Friday. For shopoholics like Farraro and Verbridge, some of the deals are still unbeatable.

"The doorbusters when you come into the mall are great and you can't get those online," Verbridge said.


Kaci Jones

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