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November 29, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY: Online shopper joins sister to shop

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"They're all sold out," she said.

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

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— Friday, 8:15 a.m.: Two trips shopping for Chicago woman

Dana and Estevan Branscum of Chicago were stopping by a Target in the Chicago suburb of Niles to look for "little things" like movies.

"I never shop for big ticket items on Black Friday because I know I won't get them," said Dana Branscum, a 27-year-old grocery store manager.

The Friday morning visit was her second time at the store in less than 10 hours.

She and her mom headed out Thursday evening to do a full circuit of shopping: Kohl's, Target, J.C. Penney and Michael's craft store. She said it was much busier Thursday night than on Friday morning, but it also seemed more civilized than usual.

"I've been doing Black Friday for a couple years. It seemed very organized," she said. There even were still a few televisions left at Target when she and her mom arrived around 8:30 p.m. CST, a half-hour after the store opened. At that time, the lines for the checkout stretched about 20 feet into the nearby health and beauty department, she said.

Friday morning was considerably quieter, with no lines at the checkout and plenty of parking spots right out front at about around 6 a.m. CST.

"Everybody is sleeping now I think," said Estevan Branscum, a 24-year-old executive chef.

The Branscums plan to spend $800 to $1,000 this holiday season. They say if they had kids, they'd be spending much more.

Their big-ticket items this year — already purchased a week ago — were a TV for Estevan and a Coach purse for Dana.

They also stopped by Home Depot to buy a new Christmas tree.

— Sara Burnett, Associated Press, Niles, Ill.

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— Friday, 7:45 a.m.: How to make sure you're getting the best deals? AP's Joseph Pisani writes about five shopping apps to bring with you.

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