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A busy Black Friday throughout Pioneer Valley

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From the early morning hours all through the day, the Holyoke Mall, like many other shopping centers in the area, was packed with people eager to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

"I do it every year; I love it," said Jason Ritchie.

Many shoppers spent their Thanksgiving night in lines waiting for retailers to open their doors.

"I got a 32-inch Dynex," said Joshua Lewis. "A nice TV, a good deal."

Lewis waited eight hours outside of Best Buy to score that doorbuster deal.

"It's my first flat screen in my life, so I'm all over it," said Lewis.

And from seasoned black Friday shoppers ...

"I got my book here with the list just checking it off, checking it twice and hopefully I'll get what we are looking for," said Gary Wolfe.

... to first timers ...

"I think it's awesome," said Emily Rasid.

... it was certainly a busy day for retailers. The National Retail Federation is estimating that up to 147 million shoppers will visit stores and shop online throughout the Black Friday weekend. That number is around $70 million less than last year.

"I got some stuff for my sister, some DVD's, nothing too big this year, you know, budget times. I was laid off," said Wolfe.

And if you are still looking to shop, more deals are on the way on Cyber Monday.

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