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10 Things Stores Don't Want You to Know: Holiday Shopping Edition

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Black Friday Freebies Aren't Free
Hundreds of shoppers wait in the dark outside a Toys"R"Us in Fort Worth, Texas, for the start of the Black Friday sales.
Hundreds of shoppers wait in the dark outside a Toys"R"Us in Fort Worth, Texas, for the start of the Black Friday sales.
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If you suspect everyone (but you) is getting up at 4 a.m. to score freebies the Friday after Thanksgiving, you may be right. An estimated 195 million Americans do make Black Friday a part of their holiday tradition. But it turns out those no-cost doorbusters that lure customers into camping overnight in store parking lots are about as elusive as a rooftop Santa sighting. They simply aren't free. Sure, you can get a "free" gift card or "free" dryer, but you have to purchase a certain dollar amount or a specific product first. We're sure there are a few good deals to snap up, but it's clear retailers are still making a profit, so don't count on any handouts -- unless you're willing to pay up.


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