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Southern Illinoisans shop for deals on Black Friday

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WSIL -- Packed parking lots and long lines at the checkout greeted many Black Friday shoppers in Carbondale.

But not even that could keep Treca McConnell, of Marion, away from Kohl's.

"This is not as bad as I thought it would be," said McConnell. "When I first walked in, it looked a little hectic, but it's not been so bad."

McConnell said the long lines are worth it, if the price is right. 

"I couldn't find these deals online, so we had to come in store," said McConnell.

Melinda Ilbery, of Mcleansboro, browsed the aisles with her young granddaughter.

"I happen to be off today, so I decided to come out," said Ilbery. "Got some good deals for her. Got some boots and got some clothes."

While clothes are a big hit, retailers say electronics continue to dominate most holiday wish-lists this year, especially TVs, tablets and gaming systems.

According to the National Retail Federation, seventy percent of people plan to shop over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

But not everyone wants to deal with a massive crowd. 

That's a big reason why, in the early hours, online Black Friday sales spiked almost 20 percent higher than last year. 

Major retailers like Walmart expect those numbers to surge even higher on Cyber Monday.

For now, shopping in person remains the most popular choice, but Cynda Thompson says things will go much smoother if her fellow shoppers pack plenty of patience.

"Don't be in a rush. Take your time," she said. "And try to enjoy yourself."

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