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SC Retail Association, Upstate shoppers talk Black Friday shopping in stores vs. online

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The rush to grab door buster deals at local and big box retailers is just days away, but many Upstate shoppers said on Black Friday, you won't find them in the crowd of shoppers.

"Too much hassle, too much stress, time to relax and be with family," said Bill Dye.

"I don't want to sit and wait in those lines and people camping out in front of Best Buy," said Jamal Chavous.

"It's way too crowded, people get crazy and I just online shop all the time," said Kelli Merritt.

But, are those shoppers missing out on deals by turning away from the holiday rush in stores? Lindsey Kueffner, the executive director of The South Carolina Retail Association said maybe.

"There are tons of deals out there and it's absolutely worthwhile for people to scope out what their favorite retailers have in store for them,"' said Kueffner.

Shopper Sam Stubbs said he found better deals online this year.

"My wife and I have checked both in stores and online and you're getting a deal, if not better deal online," said Stubbs.

Meanwhile, shopper Kendra Bailey said she saw good finds through both.

"I feel like they are just as good as in the stores," said Bailey.

She said though, there is something special about heading out into the crowds on Black Friday.

"It's fun and I like being with everybody and enjoying the holiday season. So yes, I will be out in the stores," said Bailey.

It's the experience and the feeling you just can't get from browsing online that employees with Mast General hope will keep Black Friday shoppers coming through their doors this year.

"You walk through the departments and you can smell the popcorn that we're popping in the back and you've got kids running through the toy department and there's people picking out candy. It's a feeling that you get, just like you would at Thanksgiving or Christmas," said Jordin McKee, Mercantile and Candy Area Manager, Mast General.

Mast General plans to offer deals both in stores and online. The retailer said it will also have a special deal online Thanksgiving day while employees enjoy time off with their loved ones.

The National Retail Federation said 164 million Americans will shop between Thanksgiving evening and Cyber Monday. The NRF predicts 70% of those shoppers will do so online and in-stores on Black Friday, making it the busiest day of the weekend.

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