Last minute Christmas Eve shoppingPosted: Updated:
It was down to the wire for shoppers on Christmas Eve, as they rushed from store to store, hoping to get those last minute presents under the tree.
Shopper, Richard Martin, says he always waits until the last minute. “Husbands always wait until the last day.”
Mackenzie Owings says school kept her and her brother from getting their shopping done earlier. “We didn't get out of school until this Friday and we had stuff to do over the weekend, so this is our only day. We're rushing it today."
Even kids are feeling the pressure of online shopping. “We’re shopping. We’re doing last minute shopping and it’s Christmas Eve, so it’s crazy,” said Alex Paulson.
Shoppers streamed in and out of brick-and-mortar stores, but most say they didn’t have much trouble getting their last-minute shopping in. “It's not too busy, it's just right. Things are moving along, they're prepared,” said shopper, Pam Reed. Jeremiah & Michelle Harper say stores weren’t busy at all. “Not bad, not too bad. The stores have been empty.”
Not only have the stores been empty. Shoppers say the shelves seemed empty as well, suggesting good news for retailers. Analysts say early numbers from last weekend alone are pointing to a blowout.
As for online shopping, most people we talked to say they stuck with the old fashioned way this year.
"I did not do any Christmas shopping online, no I did not,” said Kevin & Debbie Turney. Karen Osborne told us she didn’t do any online shopping because of where she lives. “I don’t do Christmas shopping online, We live in the country and don’t have internet, so we just do shopping in stores.
If you missed the Christmas deadline, you can expect stores to reopen Wednesday, the 26th for post-holiday deals.
If you find yourself needing to make any returns, most retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart will accept returns until mid, or even late January. Keep in mind, some retailers have stricter return policies for electronics like TVs.