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Pandemic changes Black Friday shopping this year for locals

Posted at 11:40 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 02:40:43-05

The pandemic is changing the way we do everything, including holiday shopping.

Retailers like Best Buy and Target are changing protocols and expanding online shopping options this holiday due to the pandemic, which has changed shopping plans for some community members.

Shopper Robert Patriquin says he knows exactly what he wants to buy this holiday season.

"I am just waiting to find what that is online at the right time ....I am going to wait until tomorrow to get a good price on it," he said.

Jen Rohan and Rick Sexti say that with the pandemic happening, online shopping is the way to go.

Others are making sure to shop local.

Angel Gonzels says he plans to shop at mom and pop shops with the hopes to give them more business than big malls and online shops during this time.

This year, Best Buy kept the doors closed on Thanksgiving day and instead, will open up at 5 a.m. Friday morning.

TK Koarawis started waiting at 11a.m. Thursday for the San Luis Obispo Best Buy store opening. He plans to camp out overnight in hopes of scoring a highly coveted PlayStation 5 game console.

Adobe Analytics predicted that U.S. online holiday sales will grow by 33% year over year to a record $189 billion dollars this holiday season.