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Nearly half of New Yorkers surveyed in a new poll said they plan on spending more than $500 this holiday shopping season and more than 20% will spend $1,000, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll.

Black Friday traditionally has been one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but the way retailers view it has been changing.

That’s according to Ted Potrikus, he is the President and CEO of the New York State Retail Council, and he said that while stores will certainly be busy on Friday, the concentration of shoppers is more spread out throughout the holiday season, partly due to online sales but also because of the staggered hours at the regular brick and mortar stores.

Black Friday was only the beginning of holiday deals. Many experts are expecting Cyber Monday customers to spend more than $7 billion this year in total.

The holiday shopping season got under way Thursday night and. On Friday morning, many area stores opened their doors early for customers, but crowds don’t seem to be coming out the way they used to for Black Friday sales.

Holiday "bargains" may be a rip-off, feds warn

Nov 21, 2017
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Federal law enforcement agencies are warning consumers about fake goods flooding the market.

The retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, and Toys R Us has been trying to maintain its foothold in the industry amid a heavy debt load and the rise of online shopping.

Late Monday, the largest U.S. toy chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Richmond, Va. The move had been expected.

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All the advertisements may become a blur over the holidays, but Monday still sticks out as the largest day for online deal grabbing, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Buffalo saw another successful year of Small Business Saturday shopping thanks, in part, to an influx of suburban shoppers and a shuttle to alleviate parking woes. WBFO visited vendors in one of the city’s most popular small business strips, the Elmwood Village.

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Even though it was barely past 8 a.m., some Black Friday shoppers were already resting tired feet in the McKinley Mall food court.

As many consumers scramble to cash in on holiday deals during the busiest period of the shopping season, advocates are urging them to their homework and be on the lookout for deceptive advertising practices.

Most holiday shoppers aim to avoid stores

Nov 23, 2015
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As the holiday shopping season creeps forward, nearly nine out of 10 consumers say they'll try to avoid traditional brick-and-mortar stores, turning instead to online retailers.

Who says there are no downtown spots for people to start their holiday shopping? Buffalo's HarborCenter hosted its first-ever Holiday Season Kickoff at The Shops Friday afternoon.

Tips to bounce back from post-holiday sticker shock

Dec 16, 2014
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Holiday spending will be up nearly 5 percent this year, according to the National Retail Federation. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke to an advisor from Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo to see how people can ease the post-holiday sticker shock.

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Local businesses along Main Streets and other popular thoroughfares throughout Western New York were crowded with shoppers, recognizing Small Business Saturday.

The initiative is in its third year and was started, in part, by American Express. Following Black Friday, holiday shoppers are encouraged to visit their local merchants to support smaller vendors and to recognize the personal service and unique offerings that they specialize in.

Estimates are that 100 million people have taken part in the effort since 2010.

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Friday is a work day in Canada, but Black Friday being pushed in Ontario.  Black Friday is said to be the day when shopping the day after American Thanksgiving turns corporate books from red ink to black ink.

The day after Thanksgiving is known by retailers and shoppers alike as Black Friday, the first and traditionally busiest day of the holiday shopping season.  In advance of its arrival, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul was appearing at the first of several stops to encourage local consumers to consider supporting smaller, independently owned businesses this season.