Calendar fluke impacts holiday shopping - WFLA News Channel 8

Calendar fluke impacts holiday shopping

Posted: Updated:

It's not even Halloween yet, but have you started your holiday shopping?

It appears the calendar might be a little more crunched this year, so planning ahead may not be the worst thing to do.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 28th. That means there are only 25 days between black Friday and Christmas. To put it into perspective, last year there were 31 days.

Apparently it's the shortest stretch it's been in a decade. That's far fewer shopping days and retail experts are already saying it means the stores will be more crowded than ever.

Analysts say crowds plus less personalized customer service means aggravation.

People will still buy the same amount of stuff, just in a more concentrated period.

What's more there are only four full weekends to shop during that crazy period. Last year there were five.

On top of that, Hanukah comes extremely early this year it begins the night of November 27th.

Experts say shoppers hoping to avoid crowds should try to go during the week when others are at work. But avoid the lunch hour, and after 5 PM.

Plus, apparently one of the least crowded times to go shopping is the week after Black Friday when others are shopped out.

 

  • On Your SideMore>>

  • Developing: Police investigate possible murder in South Columbus

    Developing: Police investigate possible murder in South Columbus

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:00:30 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.As of early Friday morning, detectives continue to investigate at the intersection where a car had crashed into a ditch past the intersection. Witnesses tells News 3 they heard several gun shots and then heard the car crash. The car appeared to be a black or dark blue sedan with significant damage.A detective with the Columbus Police Department at the Public Safety Bui...
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.As of early Friday morning, detectives continue to investigate at the intersection where a car had crashed into a ditch past the intersection. Witnesses tells News 3 they heard several gun shots and then heard the car crash. The car appeared to be a black or dark blue sedan with significant damage.A detective with the Columbus Police Department at the Public Safety Bui...
  • Ice bucket challenge raises awareness for terminal disease

    Ice bucket challenge raises awareness for terminal disease

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:34:55 GMT
    It's hard to ignore the ice bucket challenge videos as they have completely taken over social media. But what is ALS and are these challenges helping? News Three's Naomi Keitt looked into these questions and spoke to a Columbus man whose brother passed away from the disease.
    It's hard to ignore the ice bucket challenge videos as they have completely taken over social media. But what is ALS and are these challenges helping? News Three's Naomi Keitt looked into these questions and spoke to a Columbus man whose brother passed away from the disease.
  • Doctors: Atlanta Ebola patients released, no public health risk

    Doctors: Atlanta Ebola patients released, no public health risk

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:47:51 GMT
    A patient hospitalized in Atlanta with Ebola is expected to be released today. A patient hospitalized in Atlanta with Ebola is expected to be released today.

    Two Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta have been released. Doctors say they do not pose a health risk.

    Two Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta have been released. Doctors say they do not pose a health risk.

Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.