WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — More retailers opened their doors Thanksgiving Day to offer early holiday shopping deals.
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, shoppers took advantage of the deal around the clock. They flooded the Kmart in Midtown Thursday night – getting a jumpstart on Black Friday instead of resting up for the occasion.
Some admitted feeling a little guilty carving out this time away from family on Thanksgiving.
“It’s unethical,” said Samantha Peterkin-Burkett. “I really, really feel bad.”
But others had no reservations, and they joined an estimated 25.6 million Thanksgiving Day shoppers.
And every year the number grows, impacting the bottom line for Black Friday merchants.
“I think having more stores open on Thanksgiving Day takes away from Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” said Dana Telsey of the Telsey Advisory Group. “It extends and spreads out the amount of shopping that’s done.”
Some shoppers said they find a way to make everything work.
“I still get time enough to go get dinner with my family,” said one man named Dwayne.
WCBS 880’s Jim Smith also found a huge crowd lined up Thursday night at a Walmart in Linden, New Jersey. They had all pushed turkey to the backburner to cash in on savings.
Lisa from Elizabeth had a cart filled to the brim. She made off with a slow cooker, pajamas, toys, and a big clock.