Black Friday shopping brisk but not too busy

Black Friday is usually filled with hundreds of people out at early hours and lots of gift purchasing. But that’s not the scene we ran into early in the morning.

Deals actually started on Thanksgiving Thursday at a lot of stores, which was most likely the big reason for the lack of huge crowds.

But carts full of holiday goodies kept the sales cashiers busy Friday morning as lots of folks got an early start on their Christmas shopping at Pearlridge Center.

And when we say early, we mean early.

“I got here at 2 a.m. and it’s four-something now,” said Ricka Cadinha. “But I’d been telling some people you wait around long enough and the toys come back out.”

And while we did find lots of shoppers, it wasn’t nearly the volume we’ve seen in the past.

“This year is actually kind of not-bad,” said Paliku Kahalepuna. “Everybody came at 6 p.m. yesterday. Usually we come in the mix, but this year I decided to wait and still got what I wanted.”

At the Pearl City Walmart, shopper Gel Ebbay said “it doesn’t feel like it’s been in the previous years. It’s been more busy before, but now it has died down a little bit, I guess.”

“I think it’s different last year,” Kahalepuna said. “They had times you could come, sales started at six, sales starting at midnight. Today, just did them all at 6 p.m., so I think the mad rush was earlier, and we just came and got the leftovers.”

Earlier opening times at stores and malls may have taken the sting out of the early morning shopping rush on Black Friday.

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