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Day After Christmas Busy at Stores

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Black Friday --- or the day after Thanksgiving --- tops the nation's retail sales.

But that day is closely followed by the day after Christmas which according to the Associated Press also falls in the top five days for shoppers.

As Jennifer Thorgramson tells us --- locally, shoppers are stuffing carts with things the stockings left out.

St. Nick does his best.

If those rosy-red cheeks didn't get your wish list quite right, Best Buy is ready to beat your holiday blues.

(Chris Wright, Best Buy Multi-Channel Sales Manager) "We get all kinds of different people coming into the store. Anything from returns, people looking to spend their gift cards. People looking to spend the cash they got for the holidays. All kinds of things happening. We have some great sales going on right now. So come on in if you get a chance."

The Yellow Tag sale event is nearly as big as Black Friday.

(Chris Wright, Best Buy Multi-Channel Sales Manager) "This is actually one of the top days of the year for all retail sales, especially Best Buy with the electronics. It's actually the second biggest day, other than Black Friday, of the whole year."

While some shoppers hover in exchange and return lines, others have set out for savings.

(Gary McDaniel, Bismarck Resident) "We stopped in a little bit early to look at cell phones and things like that, see if they had any good deals after Christmas."

And some shoppers are here with day-after-Christmas green to spend.

(Chance Klatt, Minot Resident) "Gift cards and cash. Visas. That good stuff."

(Jordan Seideman, Minot Resident) "I got a couple good ones. Some for $50. I got a lot of cash. It's pretty much all I ask for at this age."

(Chance Klatt, Minot Resident) "The headphones and basic stuff. The necessities of what I need to play with. The big boy toys."

(Jordan Seideman, Minot Resident) "I can get anything with the money as long as I want it. So instead of having to go back and do a gift exchange, I can just get what I want."

Because sometimes you have to be your own Santa Claus.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

According to the Associated Press, retail sales were down nationally by 3.1 percent during the week before Christmas compared to the same week in 2012 --- causing many stores to roll out after Christmas discounts a day early.

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