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Shoppers Brave the Cold for Black Friday Shopping and Sales

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YAKIMA, WA.- Black Friday is considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but in recent years people say it's been on the decline and even with the massive amount of shoppers that hit the stores in Yakima shoppers still say it's nothing compared to what it was ten years ago.


Nationwide last year Black Friday brought in around $130 billion dollars, but that's a drop in the bucket compared to sales in 2010 they soared above $400 billion.

"Ten years ago it was a stampede of people, now it's just people walking around, looking for the best prices," Yakima shopper Michael Pelayo told us.


There were still plenty of people out shopping though in fact Cabela's saw lines wrapping around their store Friday morning.  

"We actually had a great turn out this morning, we had more than a 1,000 people participating in events this morning," Cabela's spokesperson, Curtis Frisbie said.


Still traditional Black Friday has lost some of it's appeal with stores like REI closing their doors for Black Friday and more and more people turning to online shopping.   

"Either I buy stuff online or if I do go it's a short time frame, just to buy one or two things, nothing too crazy," shopper Luis Reyes told us.


Still plenty of people braved the cold weather today and analysts believe we'll see more than 130 million people shop over the holiday weekend this year.