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Black Friday shopping in full swing

Posted at 9:28 AM, Nov 25, 2022

TULSA, Okla. — One of the biggest shopping day of the year is here and it officially kicks off the holiday shopping season, but Black Friday this year isn’t looking like years past.

In years past, retailers used to open late thanksgiving night causing midnight madness. Now retailers like best buy and target are opening doors before sunrise instead.

Best Buy shoppers at Tulsa Hills have been steadily coming and going since they opened at 5 a.m. Some shoppers left the store with empty hands while other left with anywhere from a small shopping bag to a box with a big tv.

We caught up with one shopper who left the store with a big tv and he says Black Friday feel different this year.

“This morning it was actually really quiet. There’s not too many people out," Dakota Crutchfield said. "I think people are still hungover from the Thanksgiving dinner, but it was pretty good this morning.”

He says it’s kind of strange how few people are out shopping.

Plus, Crutchfield explained he avoided lines and walking the store by shopping the holiday in an unconventional fashion.

“I ordered online and then I picked it up in the store,” he said.

Another shopper Ariel Clark has noticed that the Black Friday shopping experience is changing this year.

“A lot of it’s online too, so you have to find deals that are even in the store,” Clark said.

Although, she still enjoys that conventional shopping experience walking through the stores.

“I was super excited to go with my mom. It's a good way to bond every year because we are out for school and we always go to for tax-free weekend and Black Friday together,” Clark said.

During her bonding day with her mom and sister, they visited Target, Walmart and Kohl’s.

Considering inflation and the changes of Black Friday, we asked Clark if she was truly seeing good deals.

“Yeah I mean I think so. I think they used to be a little bit better, but I think all the good deals everybody gets them at 5 a.m. right when they open and I just can't wake up that early,” she said.

If you missed out shopping on Black Friday or didn’t find the deal you were hoping for, don’t worry, you still have Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday to get those holiday gifts.

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