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Shoppers Pack Stores Across Tri-State Area For Last-Minute Gifts

Crowds outside Macy's Herald Square (file/credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010WINS)

Crowds outside Macy’s Herald Square (file/credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It may have felt a little more like spring than winter but with just days until Christmas, many across the Tri-State Area took advantage of Saturday’s warm temperatures to get some last-minute shopping done.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, shoppers were out and about in full force, especially since last weekend’s shopping opportunities were marred by winter weather.

Malls and stores across Manhattan were jam-packed with bargain hungry shoppers.  And with this being the last weekend before Christmas, the deals were quite enticing, Baumgarten reported.

“There’s actually more sales now a days.  There are a lot of deals, every where you go there’s a deal,” one shopper told Baumgarten.

A recently study found that 44 percent of consumers admitted they hadn’t finished their Christmas shopping going into the weekend, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported.

Hundreds of people flooded the Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square Saturday afternoon, even though the toy store chain will now remain open around the clock through 9 p.m. on Christmas eve, Hsu said.

Macy’s, K-Mart and many other retailers are also keeping their doors open longer and dropping prices to lure in procrastinating shoppers.

“Retailers are actually finding themselves a little bit behind and trying to make up for lost time.  You know they had a really good early start but that faded very quickly.  As they go into that traditional lull after Thanksgiving and they just haven’t gained that momentum they’ve been looking for,” one shopping expert told Hsu.

The stress of shopping so late in the season also reaches beyond crowded malls and stores.

At the Menlo Park Mall in New Jersey, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith ran into some shoppers who got into a bit of a confrontation in the parking lot.

“As we were pulling up somebody pulled out and we swooped right in there. And then somebody even came up to us and yelled at us because they were like, we were waiting here for ten minutes, started cursing at us, but whatever,” Jeff from Hillsborough said.

No matter the stress, stores couldn’t be happier to welcome all the holiday business.

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