Stores are also toughening return policies to cut down on fraud.
Reggie Dix came to the Kmart on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh to return an item that was too big for his granddaughter and was surprised by the new return policy.
"They said there was a policy change, so I had to come in early and make sure I got the returns so I could get a new product," Dix said.
To try and prevent frivolous returns and outright fraud, retailers are creating what they call customer profiles; in other words, they are actually keeping track of people's returns.
"Stores now require you to show ID. If you've returned over a certain number of items over say a 90-day period or 120-day period, the next time you won't be able to return," said Copic.
The most important rule of returns: keep that receipt.
"I'm actually from Massachusetts and bought it there and brought it down here, but didn't bring the receipt because I wasn't thinking that you need to bring a receipt from Massachusetts," said Vanessa Pimencel, who was trying to exchange a Wii system for the correct model.
Eventually, Kmart did exchange her system, but her story indicates the need to know a store's return policies.
Many folks aren't just returning things. Once they get in the store, they're enticed by post-Christmas sales.
"We saw a lot of items today 70 per cent off, said," Michelle Hinton, who had come to exchange an item and saw lots of merchandise at deep discount.
"I'll pick up a lot of extra stuff that's on sale today—because they have a lot of good sales going on," Pimencel said.
Turns out, post-Christmas sales are better than ever this year as stores try and make up for what's being called the worst selling season since the depression of 2008,and customers are taking advantage of that for the next few days.
"There's still tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday," said bargain hunter Karen Young.
She figures the discounts will get deeper in the next few days as stores try and clear out old inventory.
"So far, I found really good deals on men's clothing and for children's clothing,' said shopper Lisa Fetsch, who found discounts ranging from 50 per cent to 65 per cent.
But, will it be enough to rescue the retail selling season? Retail analysts aren't sure and say they will have to wait until the final cash count is completed at the end of the season.
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A high school senior from Raleigh is recovering after an apparent shark bite while on vacation at the beach in Brunswick County.According to police, the incident happened on Sunday between 11th and 12th
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