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No big crowds on Black Friday in Las Vegas

Posted at 6:28 AM, Nov 24, 2016

UPDATE: Black Friday is here, and there are plenty of deals to be had in local stores. However, it appears that more and more people are doing their shopping online, or starting early, and the crazy long lines of years past are nowhere to be found.

According to Next Advisor, a whopping 41 percent of people plan to buy their gifts online this year.

Plus, since more and more stores are opening earlier, and staying open later, the traditional Black Friday crowds are spread out across the week.  

"Really, now, Black Friday is Black Week," says Jaimesen Mapes, the marketing director with Town Square.  "I think retailers have gotten smarter throughout the years, why would you want to have that experience for your guests, where they're all lined up, smashing and crashing through the store." 

Just because you may not see the long lines, doesn't mean people aren't spending. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales are expected to increase this year.  

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Thanksgiving isn't just about food and family. For some, it is also about shopping.

Many people don't wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to do their Christmas shopping. Instead, they are often standing in line when the doors open on Thanksgiving, whether that is in the morning or the evening.

And there are some great deals available this year, especially if you are looking for a new television.

RELATED: Shorter lines at Las Vegas valley stores as Black Friday approaches

At Best Buy, you can save $200 to $400 on a 65-inch TV. And if you want the new iPhone 7, you can get a $250 Best Buy gift card with purchase.

Hundreds of Thanksgiving shoppers were ready to get inside Best Buy when the doors opened at 5 p.m. Thursday at the store in Henderson.

One man camped in front of the store for 36 hours so he could be the first in line. He bought a $450 Canon camera for his brother for Christmas and 4K HD TV for himself, which cost $200.

If you are not an Apple fan, Best Buy is offering Microsoft Surface Pro laptops for just $600, which is about $400 off the regular price.

Meanwhile, JCPenney opened ahead of many stores at 3 p.m. to a long line of people looking for a deal. One shopper said most people were courteous.

Some of JCPenney's most wanted items included a Keurig 2.0 Brewer for $89 and women's boots for $20.

Toys R Us opened at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  The store has sales of hundreds of items online; however, about 40 toys were only available in-store as a special doorbuster.