BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts this year, totaling out to more than $465 billion. That’s according to the National Retail Federation. Thursday, 2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with shoppers who say it was the nice weather and low gas prices that had them spending more this holiday weekend.
Tracey and Dawn Canada say they’re spending more this Black Friday–unlike last year.
“We didn’t go out last year because it was so cold,” Canada said. “The year before we stood in line we stood in line for aT.V. When we pulled up here we was really surprised there was a line.”
But, big crowds and long lines were exactly what Toys R’ Us Store Manager Jerry Campana says he was expecting.
“When we opened the doors, we opened with about 600 people in line today,” Campana said. “It was a little bit better than I was expecting so I’m pretty excited yes.”
Some say the bigger crowds are a result of an improved economy. Tracy and Dawn say that’s one reason why they’re coming out this year–along with warmer weather.
“With the weather, I think you got a lot more people coming out,” Canada said. “The gas prices as cheap as they are there’s probably a lot more people spending more. It’s there to spend. If you’re used to paying almost 4 dollars for a gallon of gas and now you’re paying less than 2 dollars, you got that little bit of extra money to play with.”
Doors opened as early as 5 o’clock at the Toys R’ Us in Beavercreek. 2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with Amanda Chassereau who was the first shopper in line.
“We got here at 3 o’clock,” Chassereau said. “We actually thought we were going to be late so as you can tell there’s not as many people in line as we thought.”
Chassereau says she shopping all night because she doesn’t want to miss any deals.
“From here we’re going to go to Walmart and then Target were gonna hit the mall were gonna go to Meyers anywhere that’ll give us the sale. Spend lots of money,” Chassereau said “That’s what we save up all year for.”