Offers or disappointment? A mixed bag for local shoppers on Black Friday – CBS Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Local shoppers were back in action this Black Friday, despite concerns over supply chain issues, inflation and Covid. Tens of thousands of buyers went looking for deals today at Arden Fair. Mall officials say they expect to beat their numbers from 2019, which saw more than 97,000 visitors in one day. Last year, only 34,700 shoppers showed up for Black Friday.

Sanjay Varshney, professor of finance at Sacramento State, told CBS13: “… the consumer is alive and wants to go out and shop. He cautions bargain hunters that they might not know about the big sales they have seen in the past. “So many retailers don’t have to offer the same deals they did a few years ago,” he says, adding, “I expect fewer deals this year.”

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Most buyers who spoke to CBS13 say they had no trouble finding the items on their list this year. For Percy Corral, however, the sales were not incentive enough to walk away with bags full of goodies. Corral left the Apple Store empty-handed after looking at Apple Watches with his daughter. He tells CBS13 that it wasn’t an inventory issue, but rather, “There were a lot of people in there, so I didn’t want to wait.” Instead of making an in-store purchase, Corral says, “I think we’re going to order online.

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Shopping isn’t the only frenzy to see a slight increase in stores this holiday season. Police and retailers are stepping up security due to a recent increase in smashes and grabs in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Roseville Police say they are alarmed by the trend, but are taking action to stop the crime before it happens. Rob Baquera, spokesperson for the Roseville Police Department, said they were “adding extra officers to the streets in branded vehicles, patrolling around our big malls and in small mum and pop centers. , including undercover agents “.

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Nathan Spradlin of Arden Fair says they are “in constant communication with the Sacramento Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies. In addition to law enforcement, community groups will be on-site at Arden Fair daily during the holidays to promote a positive environment for all guests at the center.

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