SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (FOX 2) – After the COVID-19 pandemic forced most shoppers to stay home on Black Friday in 2020, that changed this year as shoppers returned to many big box stores, including Best Buy in Southfield .
“We go to the store first with what we want most,” said Alfie Davison of Redford.
But when temperatures are below freezing, even the most detailed Black Friday shopping plans can be hijacked.
The determined bargain hunters were at Best Buy in Southfield staying in their cars until they could no longer.
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“Yeah, I wanted the Xbox,” said Emily Boutell, Adrian.
This Xbox is on countless Christmas lists this year. Electronics, toys, and clothing should all be big sellers. But with chip shortages and shipping delays, supplies will likely be limited – and prices will likely be 5-17 percent higher.
“We were like half and half on an Xbox, this will be our only craze for Black Friday, it didn’t go as planned,” said Arie Mees, Redford.
Experts predict that sales will increase this time around, compared to 2020, which was the slowest in two decades. So even though the Friday morning queue is even shorter than we’re used to, we hope it heralds better days. And the company you keep while you’re at it, just as meaningful.
“It’s a family tradition,” said Megan Holmes of Farmington. “I always go with my sister and my mom. We open the Black Friday ads, they were a bit lacking this year.”
Online sales have also increased and businesses are now banking on that. Many promote special perks like curbside and in-store pickup, which was popular at Best Buy on Telegraph.