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November 29, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY: Online shopper joins sister to shop

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"I don't really dig the Thanksgiving night thing. I feel bad for the workers," Espey said. "They've ruined Black Friday."

— Chris Carola, Associated Press, Clifton Park, N.Y.

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— Friday, 8:50 a.m.: Promises, promises — deal guarantee falls through in Florida.

Crowds waiting for vouchers for a deal on televisions walked away empty-handed after an in-stock guarantee fell through at a Wal-Mart store near Tampa, Fla.

Wal-Mart had promised that shoppers can get a voucher to buy the product later if a store is sold out, as long as the shopper is inside the store within one hour of a doorbuster sales event. At the store in Lutz, Fla., that meant either a television or a voucher for anyone in line before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Customers told Bay News 9 that by 7:15 p.m., they were told that all the televisions — and vouchers — were gone.

Pasco County Sheriff's deputies who were already working at the store were asked for assistance. The crowd didn't get unruly, but customers told the television station they were upset.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt said the company is looking into the situation.

"It is always our goal to take care of our customers — especially on an important shopping day like Black Friday."

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1dFeqiA

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— Friday, 8:35 a.m.: No fistfights, but store out of Furby

The atmosphere was calm at the stores Judy Phillips and Bonnie Dow had hit Friday morning. Their annual Black Friday trek began Thanksgiving night at a mall in Wilton, a town north of Albany, N.Y. They eventually made it to Target in nearby Clifton Park.

"No one's been fistfighting with anybody," Dow said.

Phillips said they got "great deals" on such items as blankets, sheets and comforters, but her efforts to buy the popular Furby toy had come up empty.

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