Shoppers score big discounts on Black Friday

With Thanksgiving now over, many local shoppers left their dinner tables and headed out to the local stores opened early in anticipation of Black Friday. Many stores, including Toys R Us and Macy's, opened their doors early for shoppers to take advantage of the best deals.

Some shoppers say they expected bigger crowds, but were relieved that they were able to get in the stores with minimal problems.

"It was a crowd, but everyone got in safely," says Yonkers resident Doreen Nieves, who got into Macy's when it opened at midnight. "There was no pushing or shoving and I've been able to find everything I've been looking for."

Retailers are hoping this year's Black Friday will help bring much-needed business to stores during the difficult economy. Analysts expect nearly $500 billion to be spent this holiday season.

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