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Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

This year’s Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who wanted to shop instead.

Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving that’s named Black Friday because it’s traditionally when they turn a profit for the year. But this year, stores such as Target and Toys R Us opened as early as Thanksgiving evening. That led holiday shoppers to ask themselves a tough question: Deal with the crowds now or later?

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