Black Friday sales brisk, like November

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Formal and informal reports are in: the Mall of America is officially packed. WCCO reports spokespeople say the MOA will easily surpass the 215,000 visitors from Black Friday 2012. This year, the mall has a Twitter hashtag to help people find parking. It quoted a University of St. Thomas report that said most Minnesotans will do their holiday shopping there.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune has an unofficial instant poll in which readers are asked what they are doing Friday. At last check, 50 percent said "nothing at all," and only 1 percent said shopping.

The real shopping news seems to be on Twitter. In addition to eyewitness accounts of shopping mayhem, there are reminders to shop local,shop vegetarian,shop 'til you drop, and not shop at all.

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