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SALT LAKE CITY -- It is time to start mapping out your strategy for Black Friday shopping. And this year is unique because several retailers are offering different deals at different times.
Shopping experts say it is wise to figure out your purpose: Do you want that one item? Do you want to get as many deals as possible? Or do you just want to carry on a holiday tradition?
"Consumers need to pay a little closer attention this year because retailers are doing different things," said Dave Davis, president of the Utah Retail Merchants Association. Davis added retailers are only responding to consumer demand by moving their hours up.
Davis said research the items you are thinking about buying, and where they may be found, in order to make the most of your Black Friday shopping. In addition, he said to make sure you know each store's return policy.
And while shopping on Black Friday can be fairly chaotic, Davis urged people to be patient with other shoppers and the various retailers. "152 million people over the course of the next weekend will do some sort of shopping," he said. "That's a lot of people out there looking for really good deals. That can frazzle people, frustrate people."
152 million people over the course of the next weekend will do some sort of shopping. That's a lot of people out there looking for really good deals. That can frazzle people, frustrate people.
Davis added: "We are going to experience something over this coming weekend that is unique. We are blessed to have the variety of products available, at the prices available. So make sure you enjoy the experience. Take it in, take the time to be with family and friends and build that experience so it will be a nice memory for you."
Davis also cautioned people against the long wait times in the cold, urging everyone to wear warm clothing, in addition to good shoes.