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Retail experts: Millions shop on Black Friday

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Things were busy, but not quite so crazy here in Albany on this Black Friday.

Long lines were everywhere and merchants were smiling all the way to the bank.

Retail experts estimated that nearly 150,000,000 people across the country would show up for Black Friday this year, and if Albany's crowds were any indication of what the rest of the country was like, that number was easily reached.

Thousands of people lined up outside major retailers and department stores in Albany Thursday afternoon, 24 hours later some are a little pooped out, others are still going strong.

"I have been doing this since 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon in and out in and out and it is almost 4 o'clock 12 hours straight," said Rose Martin, Black Friday Shopper.

Rose Martin started her shopping journey with a plan in place.

"I've got that done, 5 o'clock, 5 o'clock, 5 o'clock," said Martin.

And she wasn't alone. Shoppers say they had one thing in mind when the stores opened earlier this year, make a road map and stick with it.

"Now we're heading to the next store, the next location. We'll probably be up until the stores close but you've got to get it while you can," said Erica Curry, Black Friday Shopper.

Store officials estimate larger-than-ever crowds this year.

"More people are coming out," said Daniel Jackson, Black Friday Shopper.

Some believe it's because the deals are just too good to pass up.

"This year I've seen quite a few different sales on TV's and this that and the other and they've really came down from last year," said Jackson.

Others say it's the tradition that keeps them coming back year after year.

"This is the first time I've done this in 17 years so I'm carrying on the family tradition with my daughters, I've had fun so far," said April Ceocker, Black Friday Shopper.

"I think they should do it on a Friday because Thanksgiving is kind of for family but you know it is a tradition, this is our third year doing it with my daughters," said Susan Simmons, Black Friday Shopper.

And for some, they just don't have anything better to do.

"I'm retired and I'm not doing anything else so why not save me a couple hundred dollars," said Jeff Poole, Black Friday Shopper.

But one thing's for certain, this year's deals brought out crowds of unbelievable numbers and you can be sure some kids and adults will be getting everything on their Christmas list.

Merchants tell us it's one of the busiest Black Fridays in recent years. 

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