Christmas Shoppers Go Down to the Wire

Posted at: 12/24/2012 9:34 PM
Updated at: 12/24/2012 10:18 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's been over a month since Black Friday shoppers stormed retail stores hoping to get a good deal on some holiday gifts.

And while an estimated 247 million people took to the shops Thanksgiving weekend, not everyone was in quite the same rush to start their holiday shopping.

“Normally I do it December 23rd, so this is a little extra late for me,” said John Pemberton who picked up a new DVD on Monday.

But he's not alone. Experts estimate that around 17 million people will still be checking things off their list this Christmas Eve, adding some stress to an already busy holiday season.

“It's kind of a lot of pressure around Christmas, but that's how it happens," said shopper Amy Atwater.

And while waiting may be a little tougher on the nerves, experts say it can be a little easier on your bank account.

“If you're willing to wait until the last minute you typically can get some better deals than you would a month ago," said Jessice Jenkins, manager of Sterling Drug Store.

But those bargains might not be around for long. Millions of people will be back in stores on December 26th, perhaps looking to trade in some less than desirable gifts, or maybe just looking for a deal.

“They all do their big shopping the day after Thanksgiving for Black Friday,” Jenkins said. “But it’s also just as exciting going out that day after Christmas and go out with the girls and do some shopping and see what kind of bargains they can get."