Black Friday freakout

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Chris Hardy -- Shoppers scurry to registers at a local Aeropostale during Black Friday.

Let’s face it, nobody wants to endure the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, but what if there are deals involved? It seems that makes a difference.

According to the National Retail Federation, this year’s sales numbers reached a record high.

In a news release by the NRF from Sunday, Nov. 27, “a record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 212 million last year.”

Spending reached an all time high this year, as well, with consumers spending an estimated $52.4 billion.

Online sales were up too with shoppers, “spending an average of $150.53 on the web – 37.8 percent of their total weekend spending.”

What are folks spending all this cash on? Well, according to the NRF, clothes and electronic items are the main moneymakers.

“More than half (51.4%) bought clothing and clothing accessories, and gift buyers were also drawn to promotions on electronics and computerrelated accessories over the weekend. Nearly four in 10 (39.4%) bought electronic items, up from 36.7 percent last year. Additionally, shoppers stocked up on home décor (21.3%), gift cards (23.1%), toys (32.6%) and jewelry (13.8%).”

Information for this survey was conducted over a 3-day period with a margin of error plus or minus 1.6 percent.

Cade Woolsey worked Black Friday at Game Stop in Moreno Valley. The stressful and tiring day ended with good profits for the store.

“I got there at 4 in the morning and the line was out of the door the entire day,” Woosley said. “We sold 862 copies of ‘Call of Duty’ .”

Whether shoppers were on Thanksgiving meal high or couldn’t wait to get the deals of the year, they certainly did make this

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