In the northern valley, the number of early morning shoppers was clearly down on this Black Friday.
However, at 4 a.m. folks were already lined up around the block at Cabela's in East Grand Forks for their 5 a.m. opening. The first 600 customers were getting free gift certificates.
Zack Dunrud, Grygla, MN: "I just
want to get some free stuff… gift cards, Gopro camera, guns, smoker, stuff like
Reporter: "How big are the gift cards?"
Dunrud: "Up to one-hundred dollars."
Matt Casper, Kennedy, MN: "Fifteen-dollar gift card."
Reporter: "Anything else you were waiting in line for?"
Casper: "I don't really know…. Just go inside and see that they've got."
However, at 5 a.m. on this Black Friday, the long lines and jammed parking lots just aren't here. That's because most of them have already been open, since Thanksgiving Day.
Parking lots at big retailers like Target, Walmart and Best Buy that were jammed packed with cars at 5 a.m. last year had only a fraction of the traffic this year. But, store managers are forecasting more sales because of being open on Thanksgiving day.
Morgan Mattingly, Best Buy: "I would definitely say we had a bigger year. We had a good run at the begging and every time we had our door busters a lot of people came in."
Marge Henner, Manitoba: "I got a great deal on a camera. The camera was $449... regular price is close to $800, so that is a great deal."
Grand Forks has continued to break sales tax collection numbers all year. We'll see how this holiday shopping season actually stacks up, when the next round of numbers are released.