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After Christmas returns & sales

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Christmas may be over but that has not stopped retailers from trying to lure customers into their stores.

Shoppers across the country are returning and exchanging that gift that Santa didn't get right.

They're also flocked to malls Saturday in search of after Christmas sales.

"In the past it's been a big return day for most people," said Kelvin Tompkins, Sears Operations Manager.

Stores like Sears are cashing people out and also handling their after Christmas returns and exchanges.

"Sears is a 90 say return policy on most things," said Tompkins.

Typically the week after Christmas is big business for retailers who hope consumers will want to take advantage of marked down items in their inventory.

"I think businesses are taking advantage of that offering some great after Christmas sales, today we had a 7 to 12 early morning special," said Tompkins.

Some shoppers couldn't advantage of the day after Christmas deals are Derick and his family.

"Our house burnt down last year the day before Christmas Eve," said Derick Akins, Shopper.

He was in search of the perfect tree.

"Borrowed one this year and said I was going to buy one," said Akins.

And he's finding deals hard to beat.

"The one we saw was over 50 percent off 200 plus dollars and we got it for $99," Akins.

"Everything is usually about half off," Tompkins.

The extra markdowns mean more business.

"The ones they had were on sale and they're really good prices," said Akins.

Retailers are thankful for all the business they can get.

"I think it was a good Christmas better than some would expect," said Tompkins.

According to the research firm Shoppertrak nearly 15 percent of retail sales in 2008 occurred during the week after Christmas.


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