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Shoppers out early, with practical ideas

WASHINGTON. - As shoppers seek out Black Friday bargains, early reports from Best Buy and from the shopping mall operator Taubman Centers are offering some encouraging signs for the holiday shopping season.
     
They say consumers are buying more for themselves, not just gifts for others and that crowds are larger compared with last year.

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Shoppers line up at the Best Buy checkout line

     
One woman who was up before dawn today to look for deals at a Best Buy store in Ohio says she's had to cut back her spending, since her hours as a food worker were trimmed back from 40 to 25 hours a week.
     
Robin Fryman says it's "definitely made a difference" in the way she shops. She bought a $300 camera for her daughter today for a sale price of $172. But aside from that, she says she's focusing mostly on practical items like clothing.

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