Fresno, California 2021-11-25 20:38:23 –
Although many of the largest retailers have closed due to Thanksgiving, this holiday can still be a record selling day.
Dave Gilliland is a Black Friday veteran of Clovis Best Buy.
“Since this was opened, my son and I have been in line almost every year,” he said.
Two days before Thanksgiving, he’s been lining up outside Hahndon and Willow stores for about a decade, buying TV and other tech at great prices.
But this year, the line disappeared-at the Clovis and River Park stores.
The signs there may reveal the reason: all the same deals you get by being in the first row you can already get by going online.
Best Buy has joined Target, Walmart, and several other major retailers and was closed all day for Thanksgiving.
On Thursday, the grocery store and Dollar Tree had parking lots, primarily serving people like Peter Mendoza.
“I got a pot to cook ham,” he said.
Retailers don’t have to open a physical store to expect big sales at Thanksgiving.
They received a record $ 5.1 billion last year-mostly online.
Also, according to the National Retail Federation, 61% of Americans started holiday shopping early. Again, most are online.
“The volume of online purchases has skyrocketed by 20-25% over last year,” said Fresno economist Hank Nishimoto.
However, shopping on the screen is not attractive to everyone.
Sixty-five percent of shoppers plan to do some of it directly, including Gilliland, which will line up again this year, but only once after Thanksgiving dinner.
“Everyone is online, so you’re not in a hurry, so you don’t have to worry about being here a day or two ago,” he said.
Best Buy will resume at 5am on Friday and customers will be able to return to Target at 7am.
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