My son and I noticed the difference in the number of shoppers on Black Friday at the Best Buy on the westside of Lansing. There were some great prices and there were plenty of items left on the shelves and in the aisles.
It was easy to get around the store. The line at the cash registers was not long. This is a contrast to past experiences where Black Friday was a cultural experience. People jammed the store and the line at the checkouts wrapped around the store.
Apparently, it was the same experience around the country with Black Friday sales being down. Here's what the New York Times said this morning:
Sales, both in stores and online, from Thanksgiving through the weekend were estimated to have dropped 11 percent, to $50.9 billion, from $57.4 billion last year, according to preliminary survey results released Sunday by the National Retail Federation. Sales fell despite many stores’ opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day.
Has anybody seen results for Michigan?