Black Friday Craze Hits Casper

by The Associated Press - One shopper venturing out for the first time on
Black Friday says it was "a little intimidating" -- but then she
got to Walmart and was relieved that the crowds weren't as bad as
she thought. 
    Melody Snyder of Vancouver, Wash., found a number of gifts for
her three kids, but she says the store was sold out of a few of the
big sale items. In addition to opening earlier than in previous
years, some retailers are offering to match the prices of
competitors. 
    About 10,000 people were waiting in front of the flagship Macy's
store at New York's Herald Square when it opened at midnight.
    Some 152 million people are expected to holiday shop today,
tomorrow and Sunday. 
    It's expected that shoppers will spend nearly $500 billion
during the holiday shopping season, or about 3 percent more than
they did last year.