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The statistics behind another big shopping day, the day after Christmas

27 December 2017

Christmas may be over, but the holiday retail season isn't.

Now that Christmas is over, the rush for shopping for presents is over; however, the rush for returning gifts has begun.

Prior to the holiday, general manager for Aurora's Fox Valley Mall Scott Samson noted a post-Christmas trend that malls and stand-alone retailers are hoping to experience.

"I have some gifts I need to give later in the year like for a birthday in May, but I also found some things at the Disney store that are on sale now and are cheaper than they were before the holidays", she said.

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As expected, the day after Christmas brings quite the crowd to the West Town Mall in Knoxville. The top returned items are clothes and accessories.

Many people were at Getz's in Marquette today.

Some retailers have better return policies than others, according to the Consumer Reports 2017.

David Sharos is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News.

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Retail research firm ShopperTrak predicted Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 30, to be among the top 10 busiest days of this year's holiday shopping season. Average spending per person over the five-day period was $335.47, with $250.78 - 75 percent - specifically going toward gifts.

"We start to see larger crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday during our Greene Saturday and Tree Lighting events", Willshaw said.

I got a lot of money yesterday and a lot of gift cards.

"But while someone is here to take back something they didn't want or to get a different size sweater, they might be sparked by one of the sales, and they'll actually go in and buy something else that they might not have bought". DVDs, software and other electronic items can not be returned once they're opened.

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The statistics behind another big shopping day, the day after Christmas