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Deals and spiels: Shoppers can't resist Black Friday

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Black Friday blared its siren song to shoppers – and they came, local media reported.

Outdoor lines late Thursday were a bit shorter than last year, but shoppers flocked to indoor malls, where far more stores had midnight openings than last year, the Pioneer Press reported. Best Buy, Target and other retailers reported hundreds of shoppers were in line for stores to open Thursday or early Friday, MPR says.

Some shoppers chose to skip the camping-out thing, but still hit the stores early – and found good sale items, WDAY reports.

Snow and slick roads did not keep shoppers from the Mall of America, KSTP reported.

Not everyone was in a holiday mood on Black Friday: Some Walmart workers nationwide – and at the St. Paul store on University Avenue – walked out in protest over pay and health care issues, WCCO reported. Walmart said it had its best Black Friday ever, despite the disruptions.

One hard-to-overlook part of Black Friday was the ads weighting down Thursday and Friday newspapers. KARE 11 found half the shoppers at one retailer clutching the circulars.

Stores heavily advertise Black Friday deals as their war with online retailers grows ever more fierce. MPR reports that online holiday sales are expected to jump 12 percent this year.

Black Friday found the media examining whether Black Friday deals are really deals at all. American Public Media's Marketplace busts some myths.

And then there's the question: Is Thanksgiving the new Black Friday? (WCCO)

KARE 11 and others dubbed Turkey Day "Gray Thursday."

In other news, Macy's Santaland display is in its 50th year, and runs through Dec. 24, the Pioneer Press reports.

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