JACKSON, Miss.--It was a busy night for some Mississippi shoppers. Black Friday sales brought people from all over the state out looking for new TVs, computers and, of course, Elmo dolls.
We visited several stores and found that some people we talked with had been out as early as 8:30 Thursday evening, before the turkey was even in the fridge good. Others had waited until 10 or 11, but most of the people we spoke with had been out all night shopping.
While the mom and pop establishments may not traditionally keep all night hours, the corporate big boys like Target and Wal-Mart, opened in the evening and planned to be open into the night Friday. The corporate marketing manager for Target told media it's all because of what customer say they want.
And we asked customers what they wanted. We spoke with two ladies who had been shopping since 10 Thursday night.
"We got two TVs, some other electronics and blamkets," one said.
We met two others who had been out since 8:30.
"We got some jeans. We're young and we shop for thngs like nice pants," one woman said.
"I got clothes for college and a TV," said he friend.
Interestingly, what seemed to be missing from some peoples agendas was filling the Christmas list. Many folks seemed to be buying for themselves.
As far as crazy antics, the only really strange story comes from a central Mississippi Wal-Mart, where someone urinated on the floor to keep others away.
One prediction from the Mississippi Retail Assoc. said sales in the state would be up this year. That's compared to the national predictions that have sales down just slightly. Online, though, more than half of Christmas gifts could be purchased on sites like Amazon or Musicians Friend. I have an e-mail inbox with ads from just about every retailer there is to show just how much they want your business.