Only five sleeps until Christmas, and the way things are going at some major retailers, a lot of shoppers will be up all night.
Forget Black Friday - this is The Black 5-Day. Kohl's departmentstores arenow open around the clock until 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve. ToysR Us begins its marathon run from 6:00 a.m. Saturday morninguntil 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve. Some Macy's stores will stay open straight through Christmas Eve, as well.
It's a welcome relief for folks like Shannon Wilson who was just starting her shopping Friday afternoon.
I work nights, so whenIget off workI canjust come on my way home, she said. It's perfect.
An American Express survey finds that as of Friday,one in five Americans still hadn't started shopping. Nearly half weren't even halfway done. Retailers blame the fact that there are six fewer shopping days than usual this year - something that could cost them a billion and a half dollars.
With time running out, shoppers are abandoning the internet and braving the brick and mortars.
It kinda came out of nowhere with shipping, so now I'm just trying to finish up, said Paul Kirby of Lynnwood.
Some wonder whether the round the clock workload is too much,putting an excessiveburden on low wageworkers and their families, not to mention the focus on the almighty dollar.
It's America. Everythingis too much, said shopper Bob Steele. Unfortunately, that'sthe way it is.
Shoppers like Kirk Mathis, whopicked out a few items for himself on Friday, said you won't find him shopping at 4 a.m.
I's stupid. If you can't get your shopping done in a normal day you're doing something wrong with your life, said Mathis.
Youcan probablyconsider this the new normal; however, now that it has started, analysts believe this round the clock holiday shopping will likely only expand.