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Why Black Friday 2012 is giving shoppers and stores an extra gift

• Ron Scherer via TheChristianScienceMonitor

Shoppers: for those who cannot get out for Black Friday, don’t despair.

Holiday shopping is going to go on and on and on.

Because Thanksgiving – and hence Black Friday – is early, there are still 32 days left before Christmas, just about the maximum. And, almost equally as important, there is a Saturday three days before the Big Day so procrastinators can still wait until the last minute without having to break out into a complete sweat.

“This will definitely help me,” says Dallas Crilley, a 20 year old in Denton, Texas, who has historically waited to buy his gifts. “It means I have a little bit of time.”

In Haymarket, Va., the extra days will also help Christine Cannon, who has 20 nieces and nephews plus four of her own children. “I work full time,” says Ms. Cannon, a publicist. “So, it will help to have some extra time for shipping purposes.”

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