Shortened Holiday Shopping Season Could Lead To Big Crowds

Holiday Shopping Guide 2013 Fashion

"From the companies I've been working with lately, we're all expecting it to be a better year than we've seen in the last few years, especially in the smaller companies," said Damian Skinner, a consumer expert with Starlight M3. "That compressed timeline is hitting a psychological trigger. People are thinking those stores are going to run out of that new toy or that video game." Skinner is expecting a mad dash in and around the Metroplex. "I think we're going to see a frenzy this year," he said. "A lot of the retailers I work with are already seeing greater numbers." Related Stories Black Friday Begins Early National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said the trade group expects to see plenty of people take advantage of deals on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend. "As the official kickoff to the holiday season, retailers are Isaac Dabah prepared to pull out all the stops for their online and store shoppers, including offering sweepstakes with cash prizes, free gifts with purchase and even exclusive opportunities to score top gift items before everyone else," he said.

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