Shoppers hit the mall for after Christmas sales - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/26/09

Shoppers hit the mall for after Christmas sales

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - People trying to get home from Christmas vacations weren't the only ones on the road Saturday. Shoppers also had to deal with their own traffic jams to try and get good deals.

Crowded parking lots, icy streets, and even waiting in line couldn't keep the shoppers away. "It is bad.This looks like Black Friday," said shopper Kathy Rodgers. 

"It seems busier to us than when we did our first shopping," said Jerry Moreland.

Rocky Lawless and his daughter joined the crowd in the South Plains Mall looking to catch a great deal. "Just a little shopping trying to spend some of the Christmas money," he said. 

Christmas may be over, but it's not just the great deals that lures customers to the stores. Christmas is also known for always bringing people back for returns.

If you plan to make returns do your homework because every stores' return policy is different. For example, J.C. Penney's policy allows customers 90 days to make returns, while many others only allow 30 days. Many of the stores will issue in-store credit even without any record of the purchase, but no cash refunds.

When it comes to Christmas returns some are more lucky than others. "No, I didn't bring anything back. I like everything I got," said Rodgers.

It may seem hectic, but for some hitting the stores the day after Christmas is just another part of the holidays. "Yes it was - it was worth coming. I like the crowd, and I like the excitement of it and stuff, so I don't mind," said Rodgers.

According to the research firm Shoppertrak, nearly 15% of retail sales in 2008 occurred during the week after Christmas. 

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