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After-Christmas Sales Draw Big Crowds
MIAMISBURG -- From gift returners, to gift card spenders, stores throughout the Miami Valley were crowded all day Thursday with folks taking advantage of some serious savings.
The early bird gets the after-Christmas sale worm.
A few early risers were waiting outside for Macy's to open their doors at 6 a.m. Thursday morning!
As the day progressed, so did the crowds throughout the Dayton Mall.
Experts say the best deals are on clothes, as stores clear out their winter inventory.
"We already got a coat, for less than half off, so that was great," Mary Murray of Springboro said proudly.
The National Retail Federation says more than $30 billion worth of gift cards were handed out this year.
"I had a lot of gift cards, and money, and Visa gift cards," Dayton's Rheja Taylor explained Thursday night.
Crowds were more than steady over at Best Buy in Miamisburg.
"There's been times throughout the day that traffic wise, we've seen as many people as we've seen on Black Friday," Best Buy Manager Josh Ammon explained.
Big crowds equal long lines.
"They've been really good here. It's just the lines are a little long for the returns, but that's understandable," William Ward of West Carrollton said after waiting 40 minutes for the Geek Squad.
Best Buy called in extra blue shirts to handle the rush.
"We were expecting a lot of traffic today. To this extent, maybe not," Ammon added.
Experts say the day after Christmas is the seventh busiest shopping day of the year in terms of sales. And this Saturday is the 10th biggest day. So, these crowds and traffic are going to stick around a little while longer.
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