Black Friday Slow-Down; Shoppers Report Less Crowds On Popular Retail Weekend

Those door-buster lines that many are used to seeing on Black Friday are becoming more of a rarity as more people are turning to online purchases and other cyber deals. Local shoppers tell NBC Palm Springs that this year’s holiday rush was minimal but enjoyable. “When we got here this parking lot was pretty empty, like maybe 20 cars at 7, 7 o’clock,” exclaimed Tawny Auer, Palm Desert resident. As shoppers braced themselves for doorbuster deals, many questioned, where are the lines? “There wasn’t a mad rush and we kind of like that, we don’t need to be with the crazy but it was nice just to see that it wasn’t out of control by any means,” said Dianne Branson, Palm Desert resident. Though store lines may be shorter this year, experts are still expecting record sales, saying shoppers started earlier this year because of supply chain concerns. “Almost half of the shoppers started browsing and buying before November this year. for reference, that’s up from 42 percent last year,” said Katherine Cullen with the National Retail Federation. Online retailers are also expecting big numbers…