National Survey: 24% of Americans Will Shop on Thanksgiving

11:41 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For some, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate life's blessings. For others, it's a time to hunt for holiday deals.

But surveys show different numbers on just how many people plan to skip Thanksgiving and head to the stores.

Accenture's Annual Holiday Shopping Survey says 38-percent of people polled will shop on Thanksgiving.

According to Time Magazine, that percentage includes people shopping in-stores and online. Only 28-percent of the Thanksgiving shoppers will leave their house and shop in stores. The rest, will browse online.

A National Retail Federation survey says only 24-percent of people will shop on Thanksgiving - that's 33 million Americans.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower surveyed about 20 people in the Triad on Monday but only found one person who plans to shop on Thanksgiving. 

"Yes, I will be shopping on Thanksgiving day. I'll go to a few stores," explaiend Patricia Yahay.

Janet Young said, "Thanksgiving is a holiday but it's a day, as far as I'm concerned, to be with your family. You can shop lots of other days but that's just not a day that we ever shop."

"I kind of prefer to spend the day with my family and do my Christmas shopping a little bit closer to Christmas," said Adam Sikora.

Sarah Underwood lives in Greensboro and has to work on Thanksgiving.

"It's very hard to work on Thanksgiving Day because it's so busy and just a bunch of stuff going on - a bunch of people try to get in, out. It's just craziness," explained Underwood.  

Nationwide - people have threatened to boycott the big box stores that will be open on Thanksgiving. 

There are more than 60 petitions on with nearly 400,000 signatures asking retailers to quote "Save Thanksgiving."

This year - Macy's will be open on Thanksgiving. It's the first time the department store will be open on the holiday in its 155-year history.

READ: Thanksgiving Shopping a Sacrilege For Some

WFMY News 2

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