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How to get the best holiday shopping deals

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Is it worth waiting in long lines on Black Friday or should you wait until cyber Monday to shop this holiday season?

Investigative Reporter Jennifer Costa loves getting a good deal. She's been tracking prices since before Thanksgiving to see when the best time is to get the best deal. What I found is it depends on what you're getting and where you're shopping. 

"So, lots of things for the kids. Couple things for me. OK, I bought more things for me than I bought for gifts," said Deanne Blueter, shopper. 

There are few things that get shoppers' blood pumping like the thrill of scoring a good deal.

"They feel extremely satisfied, lucky. It's a satisfaction. People cannot express it, but they can feel it," said Francisco Valle, Champlain College marketing professor. 

Valle points to research that shows this year the National Retail Federation expects total retail sales for the holiday season to reach $655 billion, nearly $25 billion more than last year.

"Go without the guys and take our time. No rush," said Casey Combs, shopper. 

Thousands of Vermonters like Combs are willing to battle long lines on Black Friday, but they expect deep discounts.

"At least 50 percent before I buy it," said Combs.

Valle says the majority of these shoppers will not get those incredibly low prices on Black Friday. So then what do all those marketing terms in the circulars really mean?

Costa: Pre-sale, door buster, blowout. Do those words actually mean savings? 

Valle: It means savings if you are first in line. 

We wanted to know: should you shop before the turkey feast? Fight the crowds on Black Friday ar check off your shopping list online? We hit three popular stores in Williston picking hot sellers across multiple departments.

At Best Buy we tracked a Dyson vacuum, Kitchen Aid dishwasher, Cannon Camera, Samsung TV and Nest Security Camera. What we found is prices dropped for the vacuum and the camera pre-Thanksgiving. Dropped again on Black Friday, but stayed the same for Cyber Monday. The dishwasher was slashed by $200 before Thanksgiving. The sale price held through Monday. The TV and security camera weren't discounted until Black Friday. They were the same price on Monday.

At Wal-Mart we looked for falling prices on a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, BB gun, Disney Princess Carriage, Sony TV and an Xbox video game. The mixer fell by $60 before Thanksgiving and a few more dollars on Cyber Monday. The carriage never went on sale, but the video game was more than 50 percent cheaper on Cyber Monday. The TV and the BB gun dropped before Thanksgiving and the sale prices held through Monday.

We scoured Toys R Us for a Play All Day Elmo, Legos, Hot Wheels Starter set, Furby Connect and Little Live Pets Playset. Here we found the least savings. Elmo was half off on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Legos dropped by $7 on Cyber Monday. The Hot Wheels was $20 cheaper until Black Frida, but returned to full price on Monday.

"I guess some savings. Not by much I feel," said Jorduyn Lawrence, shopper. 

This shopper isn't surprised that many of the deals bargain hunters fight over Friday are still there Monday. There are two things to consider, popular items often sell out and when you order online shipping costs may add to your bottom line.

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