Deals and spiels: Shoppers can't resist Black Friday

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

protest, chauvin, george floyd

Walz: Demobilization of troops, police to happen 'as quickly as possible'

It's unclear just when troops and police will pull out of the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2021-04-20 at 5.33.13 PM

'The first step towards justice': AG Ellison calls for change after Chauvin conviction

Ellison's office led the prosecution of the former Minneapolis police officer.

chauvin

Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in George Floyd's death

Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Screen Shot 2021-04-20 at 4.13.07 PM

LIVE UPDATES: Reaction as Derek Chauvin is found guilty on all counts

We bring you the latest reaction after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Derek Chauvin

Watch live: Verdict in Derek Chauvin murder trial

The verdict will be announced between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20.

derek chauvin court - closing arguments

Verdict reached in Derek Chauvin murder trial

A verdict will be read Tuesday afternoon.

logan olson gofundme

18-month-old boy who nearly drowned welcomed home with police escort

Logan Olson was found in a retention pond in Stewartville on April 7.

covid, vaccine

Is Minnesota's latest surge plateauing? Expert says 'no idea'

Hospital admissions have leveled off in the past week, though ICU cases have risen.

Related