EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– Receipts were flying Friday as excited shoppers hit stores, to get ahead start on their holiday shopping. But unlike years past when people would wait all night for that special bargain, this year’s crowds were a steady flow of people, rather than that big burst of excitement when stores opened their doors in the morning. That might be because many stores opened on Thanksgiving eliminating the need for those long lines. But those longer hours don’t mean that stores aren’t selling out of their most popular items.
The holiday shopping season has started as stores across the country opened their doors. Some right here in the tristate are selling out of their most popular presents.
“Air pods. iPhone today. Definitely the iPhone 11 has been a big seller. Last night was our doorbuster tv, The Element 65. So we sold out of those pretty quick,” Cat Miller says.
Evansville’s Northside Target Store Director Cat Miller says these Apple products went fast.
“I would say within the first two hours or so,” Miller says.
Target on the other side of town had a similar result. They told me they also were selling out of some electronics. But one shopper tells me she didn’t have to wait too long.
“Just go in and get out and I’m glad the lines weren’t super long. They must have everyone working today,” Brooke Meyer says.
But she still waited in one line on thanksgiving at Best Buy.
“It was pretty long. Maybe like an hour,” Meyer explains.
But that wasn’t the experience some Walmart shoppers had. One Walmart here in Evansville says they’re also selling out of their Apple products. On Black Friday though, it was about something else.
“Toys for my son. Toy Story 4 type stuff,” Meyer says.
For Target employees, they just want to make sure the experience is smooth for the shopper.
“So we just want to be here for our guests and sell everything and make their Christmas a lot easier,” Miller says.
(This story was originally published on Nov. 29, 2019)