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Tips for avoiding the Black Friday mayhem

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- It may seem like Black Friday is just as much a national holiday now as Thanksgiving.  If you are not a fan of shopping on Black Friday and want to avoid the long lines and crowds, you are not alone.

Customers packed the Bass Pro Shops store in Myrtle Beach Thursday.  The store holds a decade's long tradition of opening doors on Thanksgiving Day to give customers the chance to get in some early holiday shopping.

"This is the 40th year and they've always been open on Thanksgiving," said store manager Chris Baker.  "I think it's something our customers like and you can see that today so it tells us that they appreciate the store being open."

Some other stores on the Grand Strand were open during the early part of Thanksgiving Day.  Baker says while customers might not get the doorbuster Black Friday deals, this is the next best thing.

"The only thing that they cannot get today is what's in our six hour specials which start tomorrow," said Baker.   "This gives people an opportunity to get out of the house and do some shopping."

Do not worry if you missed some shopping before Black Friday.  In fact if you can wait a few days, you may find the next best deal shopping online for Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest days for online purchases.  Year after year, more people have started switching to making a large portion of their holiday purchases online.

A PriceGrabber survey shows more people plan to shop on Cyber Monday versus shopping on Black Friday.

Kyle Dickerson decided to wait in line at Best Buy for a midnight doorbuster deal on a TV.  For the first time, he said he is going to shop on Cyber Monday.

"The number one reason is I don't have to stand in line plus the deals are sometimes better and you can find what you need," said Dickerson.

However, shopping online is not always the best option Dickerson added.

"There is limited stock and there is a wait time because you cannot use it right then," said Dickerson who might buy some computer parts Monday.   "You have to wait 7-10 business days to use it."

Since the start of November, customers have spent more than $10 billion online this holiday season according to comScore.

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