Better Business Bureau releases their 2017 Holiday Guide

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"My most memorable Black Friday would have to have been a few years back when an older gentleman and an older lady wrestled on the floor of the Wal-Mart toy aisle over a baby doll".

Regardless, this weekend is still the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Herberger's stores will be open through 11 p.m. Friday with doorbusters available through 3 p.m. Friday for what Herberger's calls 28 hours of deals. Many retailers roll out their specials before the holiday. Last year, according to Forbes, Cyber Monday sales amounted to $3.45 billion, making it the biggest day ever in US e-commerce history. For the first time in survey history, the federation reported the numbers include Cyber Monday in addition to Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday.

Scheels in Sparks is one of many stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day shoppers at Foothills Mall will also have the opportunity to visit Belk from 4 p.m.to 1 a.m. and Sears from 6 p.m.to midnight.


Don't forget what comes after Black Friday - Small Business Saturday. They've been available on the company's website - with free shipping - for hours.

The holiday shopping season is underway, with some stores opening on Thanksgiving to offer countless Black Friday deals and discounts to early-bird shoppers.

While it's an opportune time to get your Christmas shopping done, it's also a gateway to overspending before the festive season even begins. More than 154 million shoppers hit stores in 2016, according to the National Retailers Federation, almost half of the country's entire population.

Over the past decade, big-box chains have slowly moved up doorbuster discounts - from Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), to the Thanksgiving holiday itself, and now even earlier, as they try to lock in sales that might otherwise go to their competitors.

"For over 10 years, my Black Friday tradition has been a little untraditional". Amazon's "Countdown to Black Friday" has gone on for almost a month.


Meza says they do this as a convenience to customers who either need a last minute Thanksgiving item or want a head start on holiday gifts.

Cyber Monday - Shop Safe.

In recent years, Black Friday has spread not only outside the the USA, but also beyond Friday, and even beyond the weekend.

Many people get suckered into believing that what they want is on sale at the best price ever. And if you're on the retail side, you've noticed there is less and less chaos each year.

"I shop for the kids clothes and for my clothes", Chasity Esquivel, online shopper, said. People using this site thought they were buying Pandora jewelry and were actually purchasing cheap products from China. "I can always shop next week".


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