Shoppers at one Walmart began lining up before the doors opened at 5am according to some people. It was much the same story at Target and Best buy as buying continue to spend money after Christmas.
Many say they have come for the sales and deep discounts you get during “after Christmas” sales. “I’m stocking up for next year “, says Tammi Burns of Charlotte, who took advantage of 50% off Christmas Cards and wrapping paper. “You can beat some of these deals”, she said.
ShopperTrak, reports that the day after Christmas is the “second biggest shopping day of the year.”
It’s also a big day for returns.
While some items may be going back to the store, a lot of people are busy shopping for things they wanted but didn’t get for Christmas. For one man that was a electric razor. Ken Cooper of Charlotte: “I decided I needed one so I come down and was persuaded by the good deal they had on the particular model razor I like. So I bought it”, he said.
Others came looking for specific items and buying other things on sale.
One woman came in for vacuum cleaner bags and decided to buy a new vacuum instead – one that didn’t need a bag at all. Rhoda Simpson of Charlotte: “I’ve always wanted a bag-less vacuum so when I came down and happened by the sale on one I liked, I figured I would spend the money I would have spent on bags and applied it to the vacuum instead. With the mail in rebate, it will only wind up costing me half of what it would have been last week”, she said laughing.
Others who came in for refunds were taking gift cards instead to apply the money to something else they wanted instead of what they got. One man came in to exchange his TV for another in store model that was more expensive. Retailers like that.
Store clerks were also busy ringing up sales. In Walmart you could here the individual items being scanned making the familiar beeping noise, which when heard collectively sounded like a steady chorus ….
“That’s music to retailers ears” said Don Mathers of Charlotte who came in with his wife for a few groceries. “I was surprised to see it so busy”, he said.
It’s too early to tell if sales will break records this years, but all indications are that it will be a very good Christmas and after Christmas for local retailers. Sale’s figure should be reported sometime next week, which should boost the stock price of many major retailers in America and make stock brokers and investors very happy.
“People seem generally in a good mood”, says Gretchen Dicks of Charlotte, who says she like Christmas time the best off all. She also likes all the excitement of after Christmas sales when retailers offer up to 80% off sticker price in some cases. She loaded up on those items of seasonal items.
Store clerk Debbie at Walmart said “I’m busy here, as you can see.”. When asked if she is noticing anything different this year she said “I have noticed more debit rather than credit sales coming through.”
“This is a good thing”, says Wilma Moore of Charlotte Consumer Credit Counseling services. “It means people will pay less in interest charges over the long run. The last thing you want to do is purchase things on credit when you don’t have to”, she said. She council’s people to pay off high interest credit card debts and consumer credit type loans as soon as possible…