Black Friday Shoppers Brag About Good Deals; Store Managers Stoc - KOAM TV 7

Black Friday Shoppers Brag About Good Deals; Store Managers Stocked Extra Supplies

Joplin, MO -

Its black Friday and millions of Americans are taking advantage of what they believe are good buys. Sales draw people from across the four states to Joplin.


Parking lots stay full even after Thanksgiving day early openings for stores.  With shoppers looking for deals and retailers are delivering.

“I’m unloading so we can pile back up,” said Susan Owens of Humboldt, Kansas while putting bags of purchases in the back of her vehicle.
 Owens hit several stores Thanksgiving day getting fifty and seventy percent off prices.  Now, she’s shopping at the mall and said she is staying on budget. "I spend about the same.  Just good bargains. That’s why you got to fight the crowds a little bit and it really hasn’t been bad to get those bargains."

At Target a top pick this year is televisions and they are still available even after Thanksgiving day specials.
Manager Kevin Iverson said, "We did not run out this year. We were well stocked. Televisions were a huge win this year all the way across the board every brand. We had every TV in the store on sale through Saturday."

Shopper William Ingram agreed stores are better stocked this year.
He said, "I feel like a lot of the deals here (at Kohl’s) were still there although, like with blankets and stuff like that, certain patterns have been picked up. And so if you don’t show up early, you miss out on your choice."

But even with door busters, those deep discounted items, stores stocked up to make it a weekend of sales, instead of a day.
Kohl’s Manager Erick Byrd said, "We had over five hundred early bird items and we had a lot more supply on the hot items which helped out customers a lot. It helped our customers get more items they wanted. We want to have the items they want throughout the entire weekend."

Store managers said it's been a steady stream of shoppers and they got a little help from the mall stores being closed.

Byrd added, "It definitely affected us for the overnight hours. We were little steadier than we would have been if the mall had been opened."

Shoppers at all stores said they try to stay on budget.
"I’m cautious what I buy," 
 said Tonja Kalmbach of Neosho. She added,

"What I do is, I bring my girls and they tell me what their kids like so I know I’m gonna get the right thing so I don’t have to bring it back."

But budgets may or may not be blown when you buy for yourself. Something many admit doing.

Jacqueline Kopp shopped twice at Kohl’s with her daughter Samantha. She said, “It’s looking for deals we need every day plus a list of family members we purchase things for."

Susan Owens said her plan is shopping for herself.  "Oh, I buy all year long for Christmas so when it comes to Christmas, I can buy for myself sometimes. Guilty."

Sister Janet Milling and Mary Ann Wentworth laughed about shopping for themselves. And admitted, "A little bit too much for ourselves, but don’t tell our husbands that."

They don’t use lists or get in line for door busters because they don’t like the stress. The sisters just wear crazy hats during what they called a black Friday tradition. "We save lots of money, but it’s about being together and hanging out. It’s always fun." 
Store crews said they're having fun too and managers said that’s helping them reach sales goals which for one store was at least eight times its regular weekend sales.


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